Monday, July 4, 2011

Sarah's Review on Ten Miles Past Normal

Ten Miles Past Normal
Publisher: Atheneum
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
Oh, the elusive dream of the normal high school experience.

Well, dream on, Janie Gorman. The rooster crows at sunrise. You see, Janie is 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). Between milking goats and enduring her mother’s pseudo celebrity in the crunchy-mom blogosphere, Janie’s finding it hard to have a normal high school experience. She’s smart. She’s a little offbeat. She already had a funky vibe going; throw in a whiff of fresh goat poop, and she may just be eating lunch alone in the library forever.

Without a U-turn in sight, Janie’s looking for a shortcut back to normal – but she’s missed that mark by about ten miles. If she’s going to learn how to live large (and forget the haters), Janie will have to give up the quest for normal and make room in her life for things from the fringe – like a jam band and righteous chocolate, small acts of great bravery and a boy named Monster (yes, that is his real name).
This review was updated on May 11, 2012.
She’s playing a bass guitar in the middle of a farm, how cool is that?
As it turns out, what we're smelling is my shoe. Or, more to the point, the fecund matter that has attached itself to my shoe.

Goat poop.
I saw the cover, and thought this would be a good summer read. It looked like summer on the cover.

There are some rare books that show true teenage romance with such reality. This is one of them. I loved this book. Even though it didn’t have a lot of romance, it brings me so many memories of my high school life.

Janie lives on a goat farm, and has a lot of embarrassing moments because of her living situation. She doesn’t think she has potential to have a group of friends or place to sit at during lunch. She has one best friend though named Sarah, but Sarah is different than her. Sarah is smart, outspoken, and a know-it-all at some points. They both have a crush on this guy named Jeremy, who is in a band called Jam Band. This is when Janie meets a boy named Monster. She has a crush on him but won’t admit it.

During the story, Janie and Sarah have to do a report on Great Girls and Women of American History. Janie’s father interviews a guy named Mr. Harlan Pritchard, who talks about his wife Hazel and Mrs. Brown starting a Freedom School. It’s a school that teaches people how to read and write that was started back in 1950s’ to 1960s’. Janie gets the idea to do report on them. When Mrs. Brown and Mr. Pritchard tell their story to the girls, Janie gets some life lessons out of it.

Such a fun, quick read. There is humor in here a lot so it’s now one of my favorite books. There was this one part where Sarah slams the front door on a cop that just had me cracking up. I wouldn't have the guts to do that. Also, Mrs. Susan Brown, Mr. Harlan, and Mrs. Hazel Pritchard are my favorite characters from this book because they did many brave acts during their time which are very honorable and admirable.

When Sarah slams the door on the cop that is one of the best moments in the book.
Nothing new to report.

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