Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Janie Gorman wants to be normal. The problem with that: she’s not. She’s smart and creative and a little bit funky. She’s also an unwilling player in her parents’ modern-hippy, let’s-live-on-a-goat-farm experiment (regretfully, instigated by a younger, much more enthusiastic Janie). This, to put it simply, is not helping Janie reach that “normal target.” She has to milk goats every day…and endure her mother’s pseudo celebrity in the homemade-life, crunchy mom blogosphere. Goodbye the days of frozen lasagna and suburban living, hello crazy long bus ride to high school and total isolation--and hovering embarrassments of all kinds. The fresh baked bread is good…the threat of homemade jeans, not so much. It would be nice to go back to that old suburban life…or some grown up, high school version of it, complete with nice, normal boyfriends who wear crew neck sweaters and like social studies. So, what’s wrong with normal? Well, kind of everything. She knows that, of course, why else would she learn bass and join Jam Band, how else would she know to idolize infamous wild-child and high school senior Emma (her best friend Sarah’s older sister), why else would she get arrested while doing a school project on a local freedom school (jail was not part of the assignment). And, why else would she kind of be falling in "like" with a boy named Monster—yes, that is his real name. Janie was going for normal, but she missed her mark by about ten miles…and we mean that as a compliment.

Book Review:
This was a quick, fun coming of age tale. We've all had those awkward moments growing up where we are unsure of where we fit in. Janie is a relatable character. The supporting cast of characters are colorful and some great punch to the story. This is a story for all ages. I recommend it if you are going for a lighthearted, whimsical tale.

Cover Art Commentary:
While it isn't a gorgeous cover, it certainly is an interesting one. A girl playing the bass guitar with farm animals in the background...that definitely caught my attention.



  1. This one sounds good! I may have to pick up a copy of it. Thanks for the review. :)

    1. Aw, thanks for stopping by! It's a perfect light, summer read! Enjoy! :)