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Anomaly [Kindle Edition]

Thea Atkinson
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Relapse is about more than drug addiction
J doesn't need rehab. He's well clean of the hard stuff, the soft stuff, and the things in between that enabled him to bury the fact that he isn't clearly sure just what to call himself. His charismatic lesbian friend Molly has her opinion. His controlling mother who fills her home with pictures and statues of angels has hers. The gang of drunken thugs who send him to the Emergency Room after an ugly beating certainly has an opinion.

A chance meeting with a compassionate nurse promises a much needed respite from his usual drama until the tormented drug addict from next door puts J on a renewed path of self destruction that threatens to re-ignite all the fears he's spent years trying to manage: his sobriety, his identity, his fragile sense of self.

Anomaly is a different kind of new adult novel that treads into drug use in the seamy world of sexuality and self discovery. It's ultimately about prejudice and bias and coming of age. More than that, it's about finding a way to make peace with yourself when no one else understands you.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C0542S
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #529,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thea Atkinson is a writer of character driven fiction; call it what you will: she prefers to describe her work as psychological thrillers with a distinct literary flavour. As in her bestselling novel, Anomaly, her characters often find themselves in the darker edges of their own spirits but manage to find the light they seek.

She has been an editor, a freelancer, and a teacher, but fiction is her passion. She now blogs and writes and twitters. Not necessarily in that order.

Please visit her blog for ramblings, guest posts, giveaways, and more
http://theaatkinson.wordpress.com

or follow her on twitter
http://twitter.com/#!/theaatkinson

or like her facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Theas-Writing-Page/122231651163413

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A serious topic with a seriously great story... 10 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Storyline: Thea Atkinson brings to us a true Anomaly: a serious topic with a seriously great story that grabs hold of the reader and pulls through the twists, turns and, at times, amusing life of a person.

J is a man in the sense that he was born with all the ingredients necessary to categorize him as a man; only, J does not feel like a man. J relates more to a woman emotionally and mentally. J recently moved back to his/her hometown, is a recovering addict and has a best friend with a huge problem. The story follows J through a very eventful week and nearly past the point of no return.

Grammar/Spelling: I noticed some minor issues with punctuation and formatting.

Character Development: J's character is incredible. The depth and breadth of him/her is astounding. As I said before, physically, J is a man. But, mentally, J is neither purely male nor female but a surprising mixture of both. J is evasive, but straight to the point. J is harsh, yet quite soft. J has a dark, moody sense of humor and a sort of strange confidence in who he/she is in this world. Even if the world does not recognize J for who he/she is.

I usually try to relate to at least one of the characters in the stories I read (even if the story is a light "bubble gum" story) and, after reading the blurb, I wasn't convinced that I would be able to recognize anything in J that I would "get."

I was wrong.

J's full gamut of emotions - from masculine to feminine - is almost all too familiar. I think I was able to relate so easily to him/her is due to my duality as well. I am a through and through Gemini. Though, I don't believe someone must be born under the sing of The Twins in order to understand, even to some minor extent, the pain and joy of J.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anomaly 28 Mar 2011
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm going to cheat and start with a quote snatched out of the author's own commentary because it describes the heart of this book so well.
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When I first began writing this book and realized that my main character was a trans person, I got really nervous. What did I know about transgender? I even remember saying to my daughter, "Why would my muse give me a transgender character to work with?"

The deeper I got into the writing, the more I realized that it was about the human condition. It was about bias and prejudice and the need for society to put labels on things that we don't understand. It just so happened that my character was transgender. The same as if my character just happened to be a man and as an author I'm a woman.
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Atkinson succeeded in communicating all of those things. The cliché about walking in someone else's shoes applies as well. Her portrayal of J is both sympathetic and, for those who have ever had someone think less of them because of being different, potentially eye opening. "Anomaly" is not a book I would have been likely to read on my own, despite it coming close to issues that I care about. Yet, I can't help but think I'm a better person for having done so.

"Anomaly" is also an excellent example of why the rise of Indie publishing we're experiencing is a good thing. I find it hard to picture this book attracting a contract with a traditional publisher. Not because the writing or the story isn't good enough, they are. But because of marketing reasons. How would we position it? Who's the audience? Can we sell enough? This book deserves an audience and you owe it to yourself to read it.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anomaly 12 Jun 2011
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This grabbed my attention straightaway. Excellent pose. Characters highly visual. Vivid descriptions. It is a page turner. Absorbs the reader. Great writer. Will look for more by this writer. Katy Walters Phobic Dawn
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I read through the sample at a fair pace and was hooked enough to make my very first Kindle purchase. The next afternoon I had free, I curled up in bed and read the whole lot, a guilty pleasure like a massive tub of ice cream.
Essentially it's a simple enough story if you boiled it down to mere plot, but that could also be said for a lot of world renowned literature. The power of this book is the characters and especially J, the narrator and in my opinion, the hero of the story. J might take issue at this but this rather depends on what gender J is at the time. You see the central character isn't really sure of his own gender, and that's what makes this book so breathtaking. We're not talking about gender reassignment or anything quite so...well, crude.
Anomaly examines in a very thought provoking way what gender actually is. Is it what genitalia we are assigned, our chromosomes or how we think. Or is it how society depicts what makes someone male or female? It brought home to me quite how loosely many people are fixed into their gender. It's something I'd thought about quite often and how society demands that somehow we make up our minds and stick with our decision(or that which birth landed us with)
J can't make up his mind. In fact, I think it's not about making a decision at all, but about something that shifts on a regular basis and has done since childhood. He has suffered for it, dreadfully and the events of the novel force him to revisit his own demons and fight them again, but this time while trying to help both his friend and a neighbour fight the same family of problems.
At the end of the novel I was left with a sense of increased compassion and understanding for J and also for myself.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 20 Oct 2011
By gimmeapen - Published on Amazon.com
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Thea Atkinson flawlessly captures the many nuisances of the human condition. The pain, the love, the uncertainly- all blended seamlessly into the story of J. It is a wonderful story that will hold your attention from cover to cover.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, heart warming 23 Nov 2010
By Sterljoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok, this is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. It was an easy read. I was absorb in the mind boggling issues "J" ( the main character) was dealing with. At times I felt his confusion, his anger, his need to belong. I found myself rooting for him. Wish the story could continue, I did not want it to end. This book get 5 stars from me because, I could not get "J" out of mind after I had finish reading the book. When a book end with me wanting more it gets 5 stars. Hope the author continues the story line.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Character Driven Fiction 28 Oct 2011
By JAScribbles - Read, Review, Repeat - Published on Amazon.com
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Once I've finished a Thea Atkinson book I can't help but feel sorry for the next title on my list - it will always pale in comparison.

Anomaly is a great example of character driven fiction. I enjoyed Ms. Atkinson's portrayal of J., Molly, Stephanie, and Sherona. They were vivid and wonderfully written.

This is not a neat and tidy storyline. We are left in the dark regarding J's past, how he and Molly came to be friends, why they're still friends, what will happen next with so many things - it's all just left wide open. I didn't care. I felt this was a fantastic read.

The reader finds out J is bi-gendered. We also know that there are many drug abuse demons lurking. I'm not sure which element was stronger in this story... they went hand in hand. Thea Atkinson hits on a very key issue regarding transgender individuals. Why not just pick one, just go with it and live your life? What does it matter? Anomaly shows us it is the only thing that matters.

One complaint - this should be available in paperback. I believe it would come in around 220 pages.

Thea Atkinson is one of my favorite authors of all time. That is a lofty thing to say considering I've only finished two of her books. But I mean it. She's that good.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anomaly 28 Mar 2011
By BigAl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm going to cheat and start with a quote snatched out of the author's own commentary because it describes the heart of this book so well.
*************
When I first began writing this book and realized that my main character was a trans person, I got really nervous. What did I know about transgender? I even remember saying to my daughter, "Why would my muse give me a transgender character to work with?"

The deeper I got into the writing, the more I realized that it was about the human condition. It was about bias and prejudice and the need for society to put labels on things that we don't understand. It just so happened that my character was transgender. The same as if my character just happened to be a man and as an author I'm a woman.
*******************
Atkinson succeeded in communicating all of those things. The cliché about walking in someone else's shoes applies as well. Her portrayal of J is both sympathetic and, for those who have ever had someone think less of them because of being different, potentially eye opening. "Anomaly" is not a book I would have been likely to read on my own, despite it coming close to issues that I care about. Yet, I can't help but think I'm a better person for having done so.

"Anomaly" is also an excellent example of why the rise of Indie publishing we're experiencing is a good thing. I find it hard to picture this book attracting a contract with a traditional publisher. Not because the writing or the story isn't good enough, they are. But because of marketing reasons. How would we position it? Who's the audience? Can we sell enough? This book deserves an audience and you owe it to yourself to read it.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just wow 2 July 2011
By P. Beaudin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story sucked me right in and throughout it all I was cheering for J. When he teetered towards a relapse into drug use, I was on the edge of my seat pleading, DON'T DO IT! And when he didn't, I cheered.

J was a raw person, there really wasn't anything sugar coated about him. He was a man physically but didn't always feel like one and often switched from dressing and acting like a man to dressing and acting like a woman when the moods hit. And all that confusion about what gender he really was sent him down dark paths that are slowly revealed. Also, I love his obsession with bras and underwear and the care he gives each piece. It wasn't painted in a perverted light but a light of someone who enjoyed to occasionally wear those items or a female lover wear them just so they could be taken off.

As for the other characters. Molly... I loved and hated her. I wanted her on the same path as J and be free of drugs and she was so stubborn at times, deflecting J's attempts to care. Their friendship and past were revealed perfectly. I will admit in the beginning I was confused. Molly is a lesbian but I couldn't figure out if she and J actually had sex at one point while he was in a feminine mood.

Stephanie and Sherona I would have liked to see more but their parts in the story were actually quite perfect. I guess what I would have loved was the story to continue and see what happens next. But all good stories must come to an end and that's another good sign for me. When I don't want the story to end (BTW J was in my dreams all last night. Don't remember what went on but I know he was there.)

But as I noted when talking about Molly not all was perfect. The biggest problem I had was confusion. At first it was mostly about J while he and Molly were in the bar. I kept wondering what gender was he dressed as. Some of the early confusion also stemmed from the fact that J was the way he was and until I got used to how he acted and thought, I was confused. I think if I read it again, there would be less confusion in the beginning. Other bits of confusion came at sentences that just felt too full of words, I had to reread slowly and pick it apart to understand and even then I didn't always.
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