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The Other Normals Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Page Count: 387
Source: Complimentary ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
I've been a Ned Vizzini fan since way way back. I recall purchasing a first edition hardcover copy of Be More Chill at a school book fair the moment it hit the shelves; reveling in his next release, It's Kind of a Funny Story; and the pride/nostalgia/elation I felt when I discovered the latter had been turned into a movie.
So I was a little more than excited to try his newest, The Other Normals, which is for a slightly different audience, but regardless full of his typical teen angst (see what I did there?) and literally laugh-out-loud-able humor. Many thanks to Ned for the ARC!
The book could read middle grade because of the high-fantasy elements that teenagers might rather roll their eyes at, as well as Perry's inexplicable dorkiness -- though it is the essence of his character, which I absolutely loved -- but the content is more mature: a bit of mild swearing, sexuality, and just plain giggle-worthy inappropriateness... giggle-worthingly inappropriate for middle-grade boys, that is (penis jokes, anyone?). Nothing offensive to me obviously, but I can imagine some parents disapproving. On the other hand, it's extremely child-friendly. The Other Normals is the kind of book you want your children to stay away from, but whose story you don't want them to miss out on. Honestly, if you're a parent reading this, just be a cool mom/dad and hand it over to your kid. So what if they learn more than a few ways to name the male genitalia? The deep recesses of a teenage boy's mind are bound to contain far more incriminating thoughts.Read more ›
I think kids who are interested in RPGs will get a lot more out of this story than most other readers. It's certainly a creative story, but it stumbled a bit for me in the way it reinvented itself as it went along.
I really liked this author's book, I have been segregated a group of kids who love video games and fantasy stuff,and I will probably look up to this book in the future. It was funny to meet his RPG idol in another world! He's very similar to me as my parents always force me to go to summer camps, and always insult my fantasy hobbies. It also had a lot of "crude" humor (coming in naked to the world of other normals,racism, and penis jokes". This was probably one of the best gaming and RPG books ever. However I would have to rate this a 4 because of swears and stuff... I freaking' loved it because of everything else.(;
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A very well written book, Ned Vizzini writes fun and believable characters that really make you care about what happens in the world of other normals. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Matt
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This book was great because it took a new look at the action and adventure genre. I hope he decides to write a sequel to this book!Published 20 months ago by Julie Cord
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Quick and Dirty: The Other Normals is an extremely clichéd book that I would not recommend to most girls; the book however,... Read more
I don't know what to say about this amazing book that I have read over 2 days that's how good it is. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Patrick and Michelle Thompson