HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The New Normal by Ashley Little
Loading...

The New Normal (edition 2013)

by Ashley Little

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2311459,532 (3.36)3
Member:Reesa111
Title:The New Normal
Authors:Ashley Little
Info:Orca Book Publishers (2013), Paperback, 232 pages
Collections:Early Reviewers, Read, Your library, Favorites
Rating:****
Tags:None

Work details

The New Normal by Ashley Little

None

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 3 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 11 (next | show all)
This #bookaday Canadian YA was good, but it didn't stand out for me. There are quite a few novels for young adults on the theme of grief that have better developed characters, in my opinion. I think teens will like it, but for uniqueness and literary quality, it was just okay. ( )
  ydenomy | Jun 30, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This felt like a debut novel, one that didn't quite get enough polish. I like Tamar as a character but there are so many things thrown in to the story that some of it just gets lost.

Tamar's twin sisters die in a car crash and her family, understandably, falls apart. As part of the stress of this loss Tamar starts to lose her hair, all of it, eyelashes, eyebrows, arm hair, the hair on her head. In the midst of this crisis she's trying to continue on with her life by trying out for the school play, looking for work, and playing in the chess club. Meanwhile, she's watching her parents drift ever further apart as her dad turns to drinking and her mom turns to yoga to cover their pain.

I hope that Ashley Little will continue to write because I think we'll see good things from her in the future.
  Deedledee | Apr 1, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This book took me by surprise! I didn't expect to get so taken in by it! Once I started it I couldn't put it down till I finished it! Tamar was such a strong, likeable narrator and her story - while unique - was still relatable. It was a really enjoyable read! ( )
  meggers12 | Mar 31, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Her twins sisters were killed in a tragic car crash. Her parents are stuck in a depressed stupor because of this loss. She has lost all the hair on her body. Tamar has been plunged into a new normal and she has to carry on with her life as if everything were the same. Many students at school do not "get" Tamar's personality, but Roy does. Thankfully, Roy sticks out the toughness with Tamar as her best friend, and in the end he gets the girl.
The plot of this book jumps around to several possibilities, so at times I felt confused. Many of the descriptions in the novel were not pertinent to the plot, so I skipped through some sections. Thankfully, I liked Tamar because she had the strength to keep living her life even though she could have shut down like her parents. This redeeming quality kept me turning the pages. The New Normal is suitable for middle grades and young adult readers. ( )
  lms8esmith | Mar 20, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
What if one day you looked around and your twin sisters were gone? Your parents aren’t working anymore and neither is their marriage? You don’t know what to do with your life and suddenly all of your hair is falling out. All of it. This is The New Normal for Tamar.
It has been a few months since the death of her younger, wild child twin sisters and Tamar is still coping. She doesn’t understand why her sisters would get in a car with boys who had been drinking and agree to play road0chicken. She doesn’t understand why her mother is suddenly so obsessed with yoga and her father needs to drink all the time. She doesn’t understand why neither of her parents are working, despite the bills rolling in. She doesn’t understand why her hair is falling out. She just doesn’t understand.
This book was good, don’t get me wrong, but I felt like there was just something missing. There were scenes such as the prom date incident that were over much too quickly with not enough explanation. The novel had a few plot points, but overall it lacked a strong central plot. I thought Tamar’s point of view was enjoyable to read, but I often found myself unable to connect with what I was reading. It was a quick read, though and I had it finished in about a day. The romance between Roy and Tamar is innocent enough to make this one appropriate for middle grade readers, but the topics make it applicable to young adult readers as well. Overall I gave this one 3 stars out of 5 because it was enjoyable, but there was just that extra special something lacking that made me want to devour it over and over again. ( )
  CaitieM. | Feb 15, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 11 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
For Mom and Dad.
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Tamar Robinson knows more a lot about loss and regret, more than any teenager should. Her younger sisters are dead, her parents are adrift in a sea of grief, and now Tamar is losing her hair.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 2 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.36)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5 2
3 4
3.5
4 5
4.5
5

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alumn

The New Normal by Ashley Little was made available through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Sign up to possibly get pre-publication copies of books.

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,730,009 books! | Top bar: Always visible