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A DIFFERENT KIND OF NORMAL
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Lamb’s latest will definitely warm the hearts of readers, especially given that the protagonist’s deformed, yet positive, young teen has the ability to make the most of his imperfections. However, readers may grow weary of Jaden’s persistent argument against her family’s witchcraft history, which seems to be contradicted by the sixth sense that allows her to “smell death” when it is near. The interaction between all members of the family is redundant throughout the novel, and the story’s originality fades as the intense, though predictable, ending approaches.
Jaden Bruxelle comes from a long line of witches — or so the family stories go. When her drug-addicted and troubled sister Brooke gives birth to a son with an abnormally-sized head, Jaden willingly steps in to become a loving and caring mother to her nephew.
Seventeen years later, her adoptive son, Tate, has become a fun-loving and bright young man who yearns to play basketball despite his condition. After he launches a personal blog to voice his frustrations at not being able to play basketball, Jaden finally gives in and allows Tate the freedom he deserves. Although Jaden is reluctant to wholeheartedly believe in her family’s legacy and “curse,” she can’t help but wonder if Tate will truly be able to fulfill his dreams. (KENSINGTON, Aug., 480 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Sarah Eisenbraun
Published: August 2012