Define "Normal"

by Julie Anne Peters


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From National Book Award Finalist Julie Anne Peters

This thoughtful, wry story is about two girls--a "punk" and a "prep"--who find themselves facing each other in a peer-counseling program and discover that they have some surprising things in common. A new reading-group guide written by the author is included in the back of this paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316734899
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/23/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 212,413
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 11 - 15 Years

About the Author

Julie Anne Peters is the critically acclaimed author of Define "Normal," Keeping You a Secret, Pretend You Love Me, Between Mom and Jo, She Loves You, She Loves You Not..., It's Our Prom (So Deal With It), and Luna, a National Book Award finalist. She lives with her partner, Sherri Leggett, in Lakewood, Colorado.

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Define Normal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 196 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was great i finished it in one day i just couldnt put it down! the storyline is very organized and amazing. i love how both girls, Jazz and Tone, have family problems that needs solving. they did so together. i also like how they both can get along and not just let such prejudices get in the way of getting along. well tone and Jazz both did at first but when they got to know eachother they thought one another was bode. and getting along goes a long way. it resulted in a more positive influence for chuckie michael and Tone, and on Jazz's part too, i think that this is a great book to read i suggest anyone who has free time or anyone that is able to MAKE free time should get it and read it. its life changing!
LC16xo More than 1 year ago
I was required to read this book for a report, & I loved it! The characters are great, but the only part I did not like, was the fact that one of the main characters' family was crazy ... other than that, loved it!
13th-rabbit More than 1 year ago
i love this book. I think that this is a wonderful book for anyone who wants to remember that normal is impossible. julie anne peters is an amazing writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This shows you everybody haves problems nobody is different from each other. This will help people understand other people in way not by the way the dress. Or by the way the act.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing. I cant even put it down
blackberry15gw More than 1 year ago
I ReAd IT in 6th Grade And Fell in LovE WiTh IT!!!!!!!!!!! The StTORY LinE Was GreAt And it SuckEd ME in FRoM BEGGinIg To EnD!!! IT did HAvE A Few Parts That DraggEd oN, BUt fOR ThE MoSt PARt IT was An amazing Read tHat i sTill RememBer... IT Shows you that people Aren't Always WHat thEy seem and everyone has their own struggles that they have to deal with... It keeps you thinkingfrom beggining to end...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Very heartwarming with a touch of spunk(edge). HIGHLY RECCOMENDED
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I've ever read!
imsuebusy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When she agrees to meet with Jasmine as a peer counselor at their middle school, Antonia never dreams that this girl with the black lipstick and pierced eyebrow will end up helping her deal with the serious problems she faces at home and become a good friend.I loved this book! Filled with humor and interesting observations about two girls who are both nothing alike and at the same time very similar, this novel took me by surprise. Great ending with an interesting twist
Saieeda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for older children probably around 11-13 years. This story teaches children not to judge others by their appearance; it also confronts issues about child neglect, counseling, and when to ask for help. The author is careful to take into account the age of her readers, so parents can feel safe giving this book to kids, yet the writing is appropriately challenging for the age group. The style is personable.
midnighttwilight101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Antonia is a "priss" she works hard, gets good grades and helps her mother around the house. Jazz is a "punk" with black lipstick and a leather jacket. They would never be seen together until Antonia is asked to do peer counseling. Jazz is ordered to do fifteen hours of peer counseling by one of the schools counselors. At first Antonia feels she can't get through to Jazz, but then they find they may have more in common than they think.At first i didn't think i was going to like this book, but i had to read it for my book club. I was surprised that i really liked this book. It was a quick read and it was extremely hard to put down. The characters were very believable, and so was the story line. I liked both Antonia and Jazz equally, which is strange for me, usually i like one character more. I think this is a really nice quick summer read.
baachan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Julie Ann Peter's Define Normal, Jazz (short for Jasmine) and Antonia (whom Jazz starts to call Tone) are paired up for teen counseling. Antonia has agreed to be a peer mentor because she hopes to get into a college prep program and needs the extracurricular activities; Jazz is her mentee. Or, at least it's set up to look that way. Both girls learn a lot from each other and become friends, in the midst of a difficult time for Antonia, as her home life deteriorates and her responsibilities for her younger brothers increase. Peters does a good job of depicting the interpersonal relationships in this novel; they are believable. However, the dialogue didn't ring true and Antonia's type-A personality didn't really come through as authentic. Antonia's plight never seemed truly desperate, though I'm sure Peters intended it to be. But there was a certain authenticity lacking from the story. Antonia's mother, hospitalized due to clinical depression, could have been better developed as a character. All in all, this is a great discussion piece for readers aged 12-14. There's no drinking, sex, drugs, or smoking, and the book will challenge young readers to rethink their stereotypes of the social clique and the individuals they encounter at school every day. I think that a middle school book group could have a field day with this book; it addresses familiar teen topics: family responsibilities, asking for help, reaching out, befriending people that are different from you, and tensions with parents. Recommended for teen public library collections and middle school libraries.
Mdshrk1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two girls are put into a "PC" program at school. Both think they are the peer counselor, but, in reality, both counsel each other. One is a punk, the other a geek which makes for interesting byplay.
Limeblack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! You know sometimes there are books you get just because they're easily available and you're interested in the subject matter, but you doubt it'll actually be a favorite book of yours? That's what it was like with this book, except that I found it was pretty good writing and I actually loved it. There were two or three swear words in the whole book, which was a nice change from some of the "troubled youth" books you find. I loved both the characters and the plot. Definitely worth the read.
KrissaJean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember when I first found this book, it sounded like something out of a self-help article. But once i finished reading it, I realized it was so much more. This is a true to its word book, about two girls living life. I loved this book, and I promise if you give it a chance, you will too.
Char739 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book for people to relate to. When a "Normal" girl with "Normal" grades, has to counsel a goth girl who has lots of family problems. But everybody isn't normal, as you'll read later on, and as you read, the question, "What is Normal?" will be playing in your brain frequently. Overall, a great read.
HaDy0605 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was something that you could relate to. You had a goth ish person, and a regular looking teen girl, which is what a lot of people can relate to seeing, like at their school. It flowed nicely and kept me reading.
AxelleDarkleigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jazz reminded me very much of myself... (yes, i am like her. do not sneer or whatever you think you want to do) except for the piano aspect. this book was perfect for what i was going through at the time. it was "crunk"
ametralladoras on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Excellent YA.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Makes you think about stereotypes and what really makes a good friend. Well-written.
knittydragon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julie Ann Peters has become one of my favorite authors for teens. She takes topics that lots of authors tackle, but handles them with a raw, unflinching style that I find more honest. No sugar coating necessary. The don't judge a book by its cover theme is written effectively and managed by characters who are far from stereotypical. This keeps the book from feeling like a hammer making its point to a nail.
dmcastillo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is fast paced, with interesting conversations between Antonia and Jazz. The peer counseling sessions are well written with raw emotion and language. Many kids will connect with Antonia's home life. The book showed much more of Antonia's story than Jazz's story, which I thought would have been interesting to read. I would recommend a teacher use this book in a small literature circle where students can discuss the book in great detail, especially the counseling sessions.
allthesedarnbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a short, quick read, and an excellent young adult book. I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed it, because I had previously read Peters's Luna and found it to be somewhat overrated. Luna is about a transgendered teenage boy, a topic which on the surface seems much more exciting than that of Define "Normal", which is about an unlikely friendship formed between two very different middle school girls who meet during a peer counseling session. The characters and situations are very realistic, and this is another one that I couldn't put down. I finished it in one sitting. Definitely recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it great read