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This Side Of Normal Paperback – March 25, 2009
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Technicalities: Eric Devine crafts a story of a teenaged boy growing up in a time and adolescent age where nothing is for certain. He overcomes obstacles and learns how to fight for what he needs and for what he wants.
Disease and diabetes: Being honest about a disease is extremely difficult. Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes is something that not too many people know about. I'll be honest, I am a diabetes fighting champion. I struggle with the disease every single day- choosing to live with every single shot- and there are MANY. Devine's character, Ed, does the same. We watch him learn, cope, destroy and gather courage to fight something that has happened to him that is beyond his control. Who can't relate to failures and successes? Every day brings on a new challenge and dire consequences.
Even if you don't have a disease, every single person has an ailment- something that is holding them back from becoming the person they want to be. Be it Ed's loss of his brother, his mom's coping with her decisions, Stacy's "bad girl" image, Mark's broken family, Sid's need to fit in... everyone feels these feelings at least once.
Devine crafts a story that pulls you in and takes you for the ride. Yes, it is about diabetes and it strongly urges people to learn the disease. It also forces those with diabetes to reflect on their own experiences with it- to remember that first shot, that first finger prick, that first neglect from your closest friend. But, This Side of Normal is also about learning who you are, who you will become, and what you want to get out of "life".Read more ›
The story could have gone there, and stayed there in a relentlessly maudlin vein. But, it didn't. The main plot itself isn't really about diabetes. It's a much more human tale of the normal trials and tribulations of high school, combined with a double-helping of not-so-normal trials and tribulations of family and health. And it is all handled with great skill and sensitivity.
Note that I picked this book up directly from the publisher's website[...], where I they have it for a lot cheaper than here on Amazon. I just stopped by here to see what the book's sales rank was, and noticed it didn't have any reviews yet, which is a shame, because this is definitely a book that deserves to have nice things said about it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The main character makes some bad decisions and is perhaps not quite the role model that I would want for my type 1 teen, but the gut wrenching portrayal of his struggles is... Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Banty Lover
If you love YA but want to see something different besides supernatural characters then you REALLY need to check this one out!
The author is certainly one to watch for. Read more
I bought this book for my daughter who has been recently diagnosed, but found myself drawn into this book. Read morePublished on October 23, 2009 by Linda Healey