Ten Miles Past Normal
From bestselling author Frances O’Roark Dowell, a “funny and winning” (Kirkus Reviews) tale of one teen’s quest for normalcy—and the much more exciting detours she takes along the way.Janie Gorman is smart and creative and a little bit funky…but what she really wants to be is normal. Because... show more
From bestselling author Frances O’Roark Dowell, a “funny and winning” (Kirkus Reviews) tale of one teen’s quest for normalcy—and the much more exciting detours she takes along the way.Janie Gorman is smart and creative and a little bit funky…but what she really wants to be is normal. Because living on an isolated farm with her modern-hippy parents is decidedly not normal, no matter how delicious the goat cheese. High school gives Janie the chance to prove to her suburban peers that she’s just like them, but before long she realizes normal is completely overrated, and pretty dull. If she’s going to learn how to live large (and forget the haters), Janie will have to give up the quest and make room in her life for things from the fringe—like jam band, righteous chocolate, small acts of great bravery, and a boy named Monster. Ten Miles Past Normal is a quirky road map for life—and also a reminder that detours are not about missing out, but about finding a new way home.
Publish date: 2012-05-22
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Coming Of Age
Ten Miles Past Normal was a quick and fun read, but I found that it was boring at times. There was very little dialogue, though when there was any, it was mostly funny. The writing was great and clear and I found myself giggling and heartbroken along the way.Janie just wants to blend in at school. S...
Utterly predictable but entirely sweet. The characters are lovable and quirky. The bad guys aren't really bad, they're just 14. The good guys aren't really good, they're just.. you know. The parents are painted with a nice, realistic gloss- one can see why Janie is totally humiliated by her mom, but...