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Waiting for Normal Hardcover – February 5, 2008
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“Connor convincingly portray’s Addie’s beyond-her-years resourcefulness and the opposing feelings that drive her to protect the life she has while longing to be a permanent part of the ‘normal’ home her sisters occupy with her stepfather.” (The Horn Book)
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Say what you will about Addie, she doesn't let a little thing like the complete and total dissolution of her family unit get her down. Addie's mom (or Mommers) and Addie's wonderful stepfather Dwight have just gotten divorced, and he is legally responsible for their children. Addie, on the other hand, is biologically just her mom's kid so she's left to live with Mommers in a trailer in the middle of Schenectady that Dwight has provided.Read more ›
As I read this story it made me really thankful for the life that I have and the life that I am able to give my children. At the same time it broke my heart to think that there are kids out there today like the character Addie and are really raising themselves in the world.
This book would be best for girls. There is a scene in the book that discuses menstrual cycle. It is done in a tasteful way but co-ed reading of the novel may be uncomfortable.
Now it's just Addie and Mommers again, living in a tiny trailer on the busy corner of Freeman Bridge Road and Knott Street in Schenectady, New York. Dwight and the Littles visit whenever they can at first, but then Dwight gets a job up in Lake George, so Addie will be seeing them even less. Before too long, Addie isn't seeing much of Mommers, either. Once Mommers meets Pete she starts leaving Addie alone for longer and longer stretches of time. Mommers thinks it's okay, though, because she is determined to view pre-teen Addie as a full grown adult. The closest thing Addie has to a family now are Soula and Elliott from the Minimart across the street. They provide her with laughter and affection, even though Soula is waging a desperate battle with cancer.
Addie's resilient spirit, once so sure that a `normal' family like what Dwight and the Littles have is coming her way one day, begins to flag under the increasing weight of her mother's neglect. Addie even begins to withdraw from Dwight and her half-sisters when the pain of seeing their happiness becomes too much to bear. Just when things are at their worst, a dangerous and frightening accident serves as the catalyst for a few surprising new twists and turns in Addie's life.
I can't recommend this book highly enough - a truly wonderful read!
There is something seriously wrong with the mother of sixth-grader Addie Schmeeter. Addie's mother is way, way up or way, way down, seriously all here or seriously all gone. She either ignores the grocery situation for weeks on end or suddenly begins shopping (and cooking) for an army. And it can all change in a heartbeat.
When she's around, Addie's mother is chronically obsessed with watching a television courtroom reality show or spending all night in an online chat room, she has no room in her consciousness for daily care of her offspring.
Recent times have been bad: Addie's mother kicked Addie's good-hearted step-dad, Dwight, out of their old house. Then she misappropriated the mortgage money and took off for days at a time, leaving Addie alone to care for her two little sisters, Brynna and Katie.Read more ›
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The Plot was a girl named Addie that is going through tough times with her family. She just wants normal, in the book Addie says many times that her life is like a roller coaster... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sad happy crazy and lots of fun for 10+ I cried laughed and smiled while reading this story!!! READ IT NOW!!!!Published 5 months ago by Grey's
For a twelve year old girl, life with one possibly bi-polar parent is a lot to deal with. Add to the mix a deceased father, 2 half step sisters, a loving but distanced step father... Read morePublished 6 months ago by stacy
Spoiler alert: The main character has a leaning disability, while her mother has an untreated bipolar disorder. All she wants is a normal life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Adelaide
Heartbreaking and beautiful. I love this. It is a very well written book. To the people who claimed this book was boring: WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?!?! Read morePublished 8 months ago by majestic_rain123
I'm a shrink as well as an author and spent 40 years teaching middle school children. Not only am I impressed by the high quality of the writing, but with the wisdom of the content... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sharon J Wilson
This is a great coming of age story. I have recommended it to many 6th and 7th grade girls and everybody loves it. It's a story that sticks with you... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Martha