Book Review: Ten Miles Past Normal by: Frances O'Roark Dowell



Publish Date:
March 22, 2011

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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-moon blogosphere. Janie's finding it hard to have a normal high school experience. She's smart. She's a little offbeat. She already has 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), Jane 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).

Ten Miles Past Normal is a quirky road map for life that's full of offbeat heroes and delicious goat cheese. Maybe life's little detours are not about missing out, but about finding a new way home. 

Review: Did you ever want to be "normal"? Fit in? Or more accurately...blend in? That's all Janie wants. She doesn't want to be known as Farm Girl or Goat Poop Girl anymore. A few years ago, Janie wanted to live on a farm - eating fresh goat cheese and digging in the dirt. Now she wants to spend more time with her best friend, Sarah, and hopefully have a particular boy notice her. But is normal all it's cracked up to be?

I absolutely loved Janie! Her voice is authentic and touching as she tries to find her place in the world. Who hasn't had dreams such as living on a farm or something funky like that when they were little? Being a teenager isn't easy - dealing with the struggle of leaving 'childhood' behind, but no where near 'adulthood'. With humor, love, and realism, Ms. Dowell gives life to amazing characters and a heartwarming tale of a young girl's coming of age. I think every woman will find some one/thing they can relate to in this outstanding novel!

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree. This was a sweet read, and I totally wish I was like Janie when I was her age =D


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