Author: Frances O'Roark Dowell
Release Date: 3/22/11
Date Read: 2/21/11
All Janie wants is to be a normal teenager. It is a couple of days into freshman year and she is already known as the girl that walked around with hay in her hair. Why did her 10 year old self ever think that living on a farm was a good idea?Ten Miles part normal is a book about growing up and fitting in. While other books I have read to live in a fantasy, this book was like returning to my past, minus the farm. I was an insecure freshman once, too.
Janie loves the farm, but lets other's opinion dictate how she feels. Whats funny is she wants to be normal, but her role model is one of those rebellious against the grain types. I don't think Janie realizes she doesn't want to be normal, she wants to be noticed.
A cute story about growing up and learning to be yourself, Janie takes my back to my high school years. This isn't my usual type of book... a little too young and way to country for a twenty-something city girl like me... but I think people will appreciate this book and enjoy reading Janie's journey.
Writing Style: 4/5
Other Memorable Quotes:
"...wondering why some people could totally be themselves and still be accepted by everyone, while other people- people who did everything in the world to fit in - were shunned like the runts of the litter."