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The Other Normals

The Other Normals
By Ned Vizzini
Balzer + Bray, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Given the chance, fifteen-year-old Peregrine “Perry” Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures & Caverns, an epic role-playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons. The world of C&C is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin, so when his parents ship him off to summer camp Perry is sure he’s in for the worst summer of his life.

Everything changes, however, when Perry gets to camp and stumbles into the World of the Other Normals. Perry’s new otherworldly friends need his help to save their princess and prevent mass violence. As they embark on their quest together, Perry realizes that his nerdy childhood has uniquely prepared him to be a great warrior in this world, and maybe even a hero.

Ok, when I picked this book up, I was just expecting fantasy.

Oh boy, I had no idea what I was in for.

Creatures and Caverns is like Dungeons and Dragons. Perry is obsessed with it. To an unhealthy point. It interferes with his everyday life. I don't understand Role Playing Games AT ALL. I don't judge them, I just don't know anything about them, or know anyone who does. 

So, I learned a lot by reading this book, and it was hilarious and action-packed. I think all teen boys would like it and could handle its content, but I put "Older Teens" just because it was safer.

I'm glad I read this book. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I had a lot of fun reading it. If it's not your usual style, give it a try with an open mind.