Absolutely Normal Chaos is one of Sharon Creech's four novels for children, including the prizewinning Walk Two Moons
(1995 Children's Book Award and W H Smith Mind Boggling Books Award1996). Creech's hallmark is a funny, poignant, involving narrative which leaves the reader guessing and at the same time savouring delights along the road. Absolutely Normal Chaos
takes the form of daily journal entries by the delightful Ohio 13-year-old, Mary Lou Finney. Things seem ordinary enough until her gangly 17-year-old cousin, Carl Ray from West Virginia, comes to stay. Before she knows it, their next door neighbour has died, Carl Ray has inherited large sums of money and she finds herself falling in love for the first time. And then, as though that wasn't enough, Carl Ray nearly dies in a car accident. The learning curve for Mary Lou is as steep as the enjoyment curve for the reader who could be anyone between the ages of 12 and 16. --Tamsin Palmer
--This text refers to an alternate
So. Here it is. My summer journal. As you can see, I got a little carried away. The problem is this, though. I dont want you to read it. I really mean it. I just wanted you to know I did it. I didnt want you to think I was one of those kids who says, Oh yeah, I did it, but I lost it/my dog ate it/my little brother dropped it in the toilet. But please, PLEEASE DONT READ IT! How was I to know all this stuff was going to happen to me this summer? Mary Lou has what she calls a normally-strange family. That is, until her cousin Carl comes to stay. She had plans to enjoy the summer hanging out with her first ever crush, but theres something so quiet and sad about Carl, and Mary Lou knows that no one else in her chaotic home will bother to find out why. So it looks like its up to her and what she discovers is far from normal and rocks the family to its heart.