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Ten Miles Past Normal

Ten Miles Past Normal
By Frances O'Roark Dowell
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Janie Gorman wants to be normal. The problem with that: she’s not. She’s smart and creative and a little bit funky. She’s also 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). This, to put it simply, is not helping Janie reach that “normal target.” She has to milk goats every day…and endure her mother’s pseudo celebrity in the homemade-life, crunchy mom blogosphere.... 

I cut down the Goodreads summary, because it contained spoilers.

I liked this book. It was different and refreshing. I liked how the main character had a good head on her shoulders and a lot of common sense. I liked how she realized pretty quickly that her crush was a tool. I liked how the teens focused and seriously cared about something bigger than their lives. It was kind of short and probably could have gone into details a bit more, but overall, it was very good. I think that this book didn't make the characters more dramatic than they needed to be and that's the best part of it.

If you need a quick read, try this one.