Becca's life is anything but ordinary. At fifteen, she's already experienced her share of pain. With a mom who drinks too much, a revolving door of father figures, and struggles at school, Becca wonders if she'll ever have a chance at a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane is her little sister, Chloe; that is, until her mother's breakdown leads to her sister's disappearance. A PAIN LESS ORDINARY follows Becca as she figures out life on her own while searching for her family and her new role in the world. In this powerfully moving novel, L.V. Pires explores Becca's struggle with abandonment, drug abuse, homelessness, relationships, and how pain connects her to others.
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Becca doesn't have a happy life. She's never had a happy life. But when she chooses to tell her mother something she knows will be painful to hear, she ends up making things far worse for herself and her family. Throughout the narrative, Becca's character development is painfully authentic. Although at times we seem to drown in her pessimism, it was necessary for the author to portray Becca's hopelessness in such a realistic way. To counter-balance her anguish, we're introduced to Zephyr, the boy who keeps Becca just sane enough to survive. The author does a lovely job of balancing their friendship on the tip of a pin, never knowing whether they are destined to remain friends or become something more. I was also moved by Becca's relationship with her little sister, one of the driving forces of the book, and the futile nature of child protective services.
In all, A Pain Less Ordinary is an emotional, heartfelt read about a girl who perseveres despite the odds. Definitely worth your time.