The Other Normals
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Other Normals is a fast-paced coming-of-age fantasy with a hip, humorous sensibility. Perry, the 15-year-old protagonist, is a misfit obsessed with gaming, achieving puberty, and learning about girls. His narration is occasionally salty, with one or two uses each of the most common curse words and profanities, from "damn," "hell," "ass," and "bitch" to "f--k" and "motherf--ker." Perry's older brother has a problem with drugs and alcohol, and Perry himself gets drunk on wine in one scene. There's some violence, mostly of the swordplay variety, but a couple of intense battles result in death and serious injury. Sex is often on Perry's mind, and there's talk of pubic hair growth, spontaneous erections, and breast development, but no sexual activity beyond an awkward attempt at a kiss. Perry exposes himself at a camp dance in one funny yet mortifying scene.
What's the story?
Sent against his will to a summer camp where he's a clear misfit, fantasy gaming fan Perry Eckert is desperate to escape before he's humiliated and assaulted any further. When he meets Mortin Enaw, a strange visitor from the World of Other Normals, Perry's catapulted into another universe, where he becomes part of a quest to save a legendary princess and prevent widespread chaos. As he comes to realize that his nerdish enthusiasms have prepared him well for his new role as a warrior, Perry begins to see that his actions in either realm affect the other -- and that he must behave with a greater sense of responsibility.
Is it any good?
The author finds new ways to use familiar coming-of-age and epic fantasy elements to create an engaging, enjoyable, and often wise adventure about growing up, fitting in, and dealing with adversity. Perry Eckert's narrative voice is quirky and funny, and his adventures in both realities are well realized, suspenseful, and well observed.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what it feels like to be a "late bloomer" and how to become more relaxed about making friends and fitting in. What are good ways to get to know someone of the opposite sex? What types of behavior are seen as positive?
What other books or movies have you encountered that explore the idea of an alternate universe?
Why are kids who enjoy games like Dungeons & Dragons sometimes ostracized by their peers?
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs|
|Publication date:||September 25, 2012|
|Number of pages:||400|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||13 - 17|
|Available on:||Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle|