Waiting for Normal
By Leslie Connor
Katherine Tegen Books, 2008. 290 pgs. Young Adult
Twelve-year-old Addie's life is anything but normal. Her irresponsible mother, recently divorced from Addie's beloved step-father Dwight, has lost custody of Addie's two younger half siblings, due to a tendency to leave the three girls home alone. As Addie and her mother move to a new town, Addie hopes that things will be different, that somehow things will work out better, but it doesn't take long before her mother's new "job" has her away from home for hours and even days at a time. Frustrated by her mother's behavior and desperately wanting to spend more time with her former step-father and her little sisters, Addie must find the resiliency to survive as she's waiting for normal.
This is a very enjoyable book. Addie is a delightful character--resourceful and intelligent while at the same struggling with a learning disability. Her struggle against hope, as she tries to brace herself against pain and disappointment, rang true to me. Well-developed characters and an uplifting message make this a wonderful book.