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Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Couldn't Put It Down

    What an incredibly frank memoir! It not only deals openly with this family's emotions but also with the difficulties of facing the resistance of school teachers and leaders in addressing this child's needs. As a former educator, I found this quite profound and, frankly, an honest assessment. Overall, Mr. Schwartz is to be commended for this forthright memoir although I found the reporting of so much statistical information to be a distraction. Kudos, also, to Joe Schwartz for allowing readers to share his journey which can only serve to help many readers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    The peerless skill of a first-rate New York Times investigative

    The peerless skill of a first-rate New York Times investigative reporter combined with the compassion, commitment, empathy and advocacy of two fine parents, has created a moving account of a family raising a gay child, and probably the most exhaustively researched history of gay parenting ever written. Although John Schwartz set out to write a memoir to help others, he achieved much more. Oddly Normal is as emotionally moving as a Hollywood tearjerker and as assiduously researched as a lead story in the New York Times. Few writers posses the rare combination of being able to speak from the heart while simultaneously investigating and reporting, but in this engaging, informative and engrossing memoir, Schwartz accomplishes both. Almost any parent will empathize with the challenges the Schwartz's experienced with their son's elementary school, and researchers, advocates and anyone desiring to be well informed will savor the logically written and thoroughly researched facts. Oddly Normal deftly transitions from heart stirring accounts of life raising a challenging child to the history, facts and current legal and social status of what it means to grow up gay in 21st century America. Most importantly, Oddly Normal offers hope that our society is moving toward a better future for gays and straights alike. Brilliantly written and meticulously researched this is a memoir that informs as much as it captivates.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

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    A very moving story about a gay teen through the eyes of his fat

    A very moving story about a gay teen through the eyes of his father. Very moving.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    This book is absolutely heart felt and I'm more than sure anybod

    This book is absolutely heart felt and I'm more than sure anybody would love it. It's absolutely great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Entertaining, Informing, and Touching

    Schwartz is funny and smart, masterfully combining informative writing with narrative.

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