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Absolutely Normal Chaos [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Sharon Creech
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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7 Sep 2007
So. Here it is. My summer journal. As you can see, I got a little carried away. The problem is this, though. I don’t want you to read it. I really mean it. I just wanted you to know I did it. I didn’t 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 DON’T 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 there’s 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 it’s up to her – and what she discovers is far from normal and rocks the family to its heart.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (7 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330397818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330397810
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sharon Creech is the author of several books for children and young adults and has won, or been shortlisted for, nearly every major literary award for children’s books, both in the USA and UK, as well as selling all over the world. Most recently, she won the Carnegie Medal for outstanding children’s literature with her novel Ruby Holler . Sharon is an American who lived in England for nineteen years. She now lives in New Jersey, USA, with her husband.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK TO READ!!! 30 July 2001
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Sharon Creech is a great author that knows how to actually make the book and characters seem...real! I think that her idea of writing in a journal form is a great idea, and you get more details of what Mary actually thinks of the people around her.
Mary Lou is like any other 13 year old girl that ends up finding summer love, and having to put up with her family. When her cousin from Virgina comes down looking for a job, she really doesn't like him, and ends up having to do everything for him. Mary Lou finds out a HUGE secret about her cousin later on in the book, and starts to like him after something serious happens to him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is a diary of a 13 year old girl. 19 Nov 2000
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Mary Lou Finney is asked to write a journal over the summer holidays. She writes about boys, friends, and her cousin who comes to stay. It is very funny and I would recommend it to girls aged 11 - 14.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I got this book for my Christmas a year or so ago, from my mum. She got it from a book club magazine. It's absolutely brilliant! The way that Sharon Creech writes makes me laugh, and I cried too! It's a great book, all about typical teenage life!
As I'm the same age as Mary Lou, the main character, I can really relate to her, and she's taught me one or two things!
I recommend this book to any teenage girl who'd like a laugh!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for present 20 Dec 2012
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My daughter really enjoyed the book. She was totally absorbed from the moment she started reading it. It's an unusual story and typical of Sharon Creech.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BORING 8 Mar 2009
A Kid's Review
I think this book was boring.

In her diary, Mary Lou records typical teenage secrets about love and all of that stupid stuff. Why read a book about what you write in your own diary? I also think Sharon Creech is encouraging too young a readers to read this book and making them want to become the common teenagers we have now.
It was about a young Teenager called Mary Lou and her family. Her cousin has come to stay and everyone thinks he is a pain in the neck! And he has a secret... Mary Lou decides to find out what it is.
I felt sorry for Mary Lou's cousin, He's just nervous and everyone seems to hate him for it!!
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