Waiting for Normal
But Addie's mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way.
All or nothing never adds up to normal.
All or nothing can't bring you all to home, which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day.
In spite of life's twists and turns, Addie remains optimistic. Someday, maybe, she'll find normal.
Leslie Connor has created an inspiring novel about one girl's giant spirit. waiting for normal is a heartwarming gem.
Wow, this book bored me! I could not relate to blindingly optimistic Addie at all. I think I just picked the wrong book: if you want something cute, and heartwarming, read this. I think I would have really liked this book if I was more like 10 or 12 but 14 (my age) is a little too old for this. I like stuff like Twilight and A Great and Terrible Beauty and The Luxe and Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but this was.....boring.
4 out of 5 stars
Addie has taken many twists and turns in her lifetime. Her mother and stepfather divorced a few years ago and now she is living in a trailer with her mother. Her stepfather, Dwight, lives hours away with her two sisters and his new girlfriend. Addie makes friends, lands a part in the school symphony, and misses her sisters deeply even though she sees them every weekend. She loves them and cares about them but she cant pretend anymore. They arent her family now. All Addie really wants is normal; to know whats going to happen next. But living with her unpredictable mother, that is a big challenge.
Waiting for Normal was a wonderful written novel. Each character introduced was perfect for the story. Dwight was a loving father and in the end, I almost cried. The storyline was excellent and I didnt even see the events coming. Being inside of Addies mind is truly exciting and reading about the way she interprets the world around her is fascinating.
The pages inside the book tell the story of a girl wanting to be normal but I am fully convinced that Addie didnt really wanted to be. Normal was the word she used but I think she just wanted to be happy. If her mother had acted like an actual mother, I think she would have wanted to stay exactly where she was.
(For me it ruined parts of the story, but be aware that there is a homosexual minor character.)