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I was able to sit down and read the entire book in one day. I was horrified, saddened, cheering, angry, confused, let down, built up...all in a matter of 2 hours. Now, that being said, this book is not an easy read. The abuse, the depravity and the level of disconnect "Sue" had to endure can be chilling. I felt a sisterhood with "Sue" and I also wanted to shake her. I loved her and I felt pity for her. As a survivor myself, I think she was as honest as she could be . Maya Angelou encourages us to , "do the best you can with what you know, and when you know better, you do better.." Ginny lives this motto in stunning fashion today. I think Ginny is brave. I think Ginny has a lot to share. I think Ginny showed amazing restraint as a gift to her sons and her son's extended family. God only gives us what we can handle...he sure has a ton of faith in Ginny. I do too. Thank you for letting us see what it all looked like through your eyes.
Told in an entertaining and hard-to-put-down fashion, "What is Normal?" is a gift to anyone who has ever felt hopeless and helpless in overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles of their troubled past to become the person they KNOW they were meant to be.
Although a tale of fiction, I believe all readers traveling on AND off the road less-traveled will relate to many of the experiences of our heroine, Sue Johnson. Sue's lifelong journey of self-discovery and ultimate belief in her true self springs boldly and honestly off of each and every page.
Kudos to Ginny Scales-Medeiros for bravely bringing this incredibly inspirational, empowering and uplifting story to light!
Read this book now, do NOT wait for the movie.
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I read this book in one sitting. Could not seem to put it down. I found myself on an emotional ride of highs and lows as I followed the blossoming of a young scrappy girl, Sue, into a resilient beautiful woman. I think I would have enjoyed having Sue as a friend growing up. She was quite imaginative, ingenious and resourceful. This book doesn't contain just one girls story, but dips into the lives of several generations. Beautiful. Many life lessons to be learned here. Thanks to Ginny for allowing us readers to take a walk with Sue to discover, What Is Normal.
This was a wonderful book . I started reading it and had a hard time putting it down. At times I would cry and sometimes I would laugh. Sue came alive and I could relate to the abuse she had endure. Sue was a independent person who knew what she wanted and worked hard to make the life she wanted. I would love to see this come alive in a movie.
Where ever you are in life and how you are brought up.. is what is normal to you. There are many things that I loved about this book. She is always learning and watching and doing and shaping what happens; however, the one thing that is subtle is the fact that she is never the victim. She looks at the other guy as if there is something wrong with them not her. It's never her short coming or what's wrong with her. She's abused and lied on but doesn't go, "What's wrong with me?" or "How come that happened to me?" Instead, she takes what she has and works with it. Her life shaped her and made her and she never let it break her.
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For those of you that like a good read, I would like to recommend to you "What Is Normal" by Ginny Scales-Madeiros. I believe that this book will become required reading in sociology and psychology courses in the future. It is a compelling story of a woman's journey through her life starting in a poor, abusive environment and resolving in the personal success of finding herself and her real feelings. It is ably written with a nice pace and presents a very honest portrayal of a disfunctional family without ever being judgemental. I highly recommend it.
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We all know what it's like to be looked upon as different or less than. For the character Sue in Ginny Scales-Medeiros' WHAT IS NORMAL? we are able to see how the way people see us can directly affect the way we see ourselves---and what happens when we decide to change the story.
Sue could have just decided that her family's lot in life would forever be hers too, but she was able to realize that belief in one's self and determination can do much to change our circumstances. The great thing about Sue is that she doesn't keep this awareness to herself. She is able to help others realize that the same can be true for them.
In an engaging scene with her mom she tries to reason with her to see her own worth and not allow a man to keep her from reaching her true potential. Her mother's response at the time should remind us that not everyone will be ready to accept the freedom that comes with free will, but it doesn't mean they shouldn't be unaware of it.
WHAT IS NORMAL? is the kind of question we can readily ask when others tell us that by following the beat of our own drum we are not headed in the right direction. Ginny and her character Sue help us to remember that our success and failure is up to us and the path that God has given each of us to follow. As long as we stay on that road and refuse to deviate there's no way we can go wrong.
Ginny Scales-Medeiros raised in upstate NewYork she resides in the SanFrancisco North Bay.an entrepreneur with multiple patent's/trademarks. 1st place winner for new idea's in a national contest ,Certified QVC on air guest. A master marketer creating over a million dollars in free press for her product, NBC,CBS,FOX, news and many National magazines, also an As Seen On TV product http://whatisnormal.tv/ginny/press/ Record breaking salesperson in the auto industry,making front page news. Speaker and Pioneer for 100% Electric Transportation, landing in a current Documentary about electric autos .http://whatisnormal.tv/ginny/documentary/ Scales-Medeiros is a contributing author for an up coming scholastic book about Electric Transportation Ginny's first novel "What Is Normal?" made the top 40 Most inspirational 2012 via Gladys magazine sold nationwide. She has been on Radio and TV talking about her book. Recently on ABC morning show "Believe in Yourself" * Currently Ginny's focus is on landing a movie deal for the Screenplay "WIN" by Pamala L Hall based on her novel "What Is Normal?" coming of age,character driven,drama,relevant, (think ..."The Little Engine That Could") Ginny is an animal lover and dabbles in real estate, on her own at 15 finishing only the 9th grade her "intention is to motivate and inspire people to remember their God given gifts and talents." and use them. "Thoughts become Things" and EVERYTHING counts. www.whatisnormal.tv www.ginnyscalesmedeiros.com www.themoviewin.com