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Waiting for Normal

by Leslie Connor

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Twelve-year-old Addie tries to cope with her mother's erratic behavior and being separated from her beloved stepfather and half-sisters when she and her mother go to live in a small trailer by the railroad tracks on the outskirts of Schenectady, New York.

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Addison is a twelve year old girl living with her mother after the mother’s divorce from her stepdad. “Nothing with mommers is ever normal” Addison says. As she deals with living in a small trailer, her mothers neglect and swinging moods, as well as becoming a young woman, she longs for a “normal” life with her stepdad and half sisters. Addison had to deal with lots of hardships and this book could be a good resource for a student going through a hard time. This book shows that one’s biological family is not always their “real” family, and that its okay to love a parent even if they’re not being a good parent. ( )
  JennySkvarna | Nov 30, 2018 |
Summary: This book is about an amazing tough young girl whos mother is mentally ill. The girl wants to be with her stepfather after him and mom got divorced, but mom has custody. The book climaxes with mom abandoning the daughter for 6 days and losing custody. She ends up being adopted by her stepdad.
Opinion: I LOVED it! As a child of divorce and a child of a bipolar parent, I could really relate. This book is a great window for kids who haven’t experiences family strife and a great mirror for kids who have. I recommend this book for every kid and adult who works with kids honestly. ( )
  KelseyGwozdz | Oct 2, 2018 |
Between Addie and her mom, Addie is the grown-up. She takes care of her mom who can’t get her act together. The stepdad she adores has finally given up and moved on with her two half-sisters, but he continues to be the stability in her life. Her mom, on the other hand, complains, spends too much time on the internet, and leaves Addie alone for days in their tiny one room trailer. Addie has a stepdad, grandfather and the two adults who run the mini-mart across the street, but there's only so much they can do. Addie keeps her situation a secret in order to protect her mom.

Leslie Connor is a fantastic writer. You have to appreciate the level of detail she is able to bring to the page. Addie's story is one that probably plays out for far too many kids everyday. Addie is unique in that she is wise beyond her years and is able to take care of herself, but we can sense how much she longs for something better. ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
Addie is a 12-year-old girl with some very big problems. Her father died when she was only three. Her mother remarried and had two more children with her husband Dwight. When Dwight and Mommers divorced Addie became more of a caregiver to her little sisters than her mother did. When Dwight found out he wanted to take all three children, but Mommers wouldn't let Addie go. Now Addie and Mommers were living in a trailer. Dwight and the children came to visit when they could, but they weren't a family anymore.

Addie finds friendship with the people who own and run the gas station next door. She goes to her new school and finds success in her flute playing. Addie is dyslexic and does not feel smart of successful at school, but she is personable and she makes friends. As time goes on Mommers stays away from home more and more leaving Addie by herself. It is implied that she is bipolar, but his is not spelled out in great detail. Addie goes to visit Dwight and her sisters, but she feels that that life is a fake for her and she will never have that family back again. With the help of some good people, Addie finds her way out.

There are many themes in this book. Divorce, abandonment, learning disabilities, psychological disorders, cancer, and family structure. While I like the writing of the book, and the characters are endearing, there is too much going on at once. I would have preferred to see one or two issues looked at more closely. ( )
  hlevy | Mar 19, 2017 |
Well it was cool how she tried to cover for her mom, but her mom just kept messing up and she just couldn't take it. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
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