Frances O'Roark Dowell
Ten Miles Past Normal
In Ten Miles Past Normal, high school freshman Janie is regretting her once wholehearted dream to live on a goat farm now that it has branded her as an outcast. Unfortunate mishaps, things like coming to school with goat droppings on her shoes and goat milk drenching her front, have not only gotten her an unwanted social status, but the teasing and negative attention she never wished for. Actually, the only thing she ever wished for was to fit in, which only looks like an impossible fairy tale life. Janie struggles to blend in with the normal crowd, and just as she thinks she may succeed she meets outcasts such as herself that she just can't give up (Verbena, an angel faced, personal tattoo artist and Monster, 6 foot giant of a bass player). As Janie fights for normalcy, events taking place in her life in and outside of school force her to question herself and what she really wants, the person she wants to be.
For most of the book I was displeased with Janie's attitude towards life, school, her family and her friends, even towards herself. Fortunately, several things took place that eased my conscience. If I could only name these off without spoiling the book! Alright : ) Overall, pleasing ending to an insightful book.
Rating: 4 Better than most