Halfway Normal – book review

Halfway Normal
by Barbara Dee
Realistic Fiction
* * * * Stars (Great!)

Norah Levy is in remission (she had leukemia) and is returning to school (7th grade) after being out sick for 2 years.  Although her academics are in good shape thanks to her tutor, her friendships and social life are kind of in turmoil.  Almost everyone treats Norah like she’s still sick – her guidance counselor won’t even say the word “cancer” in her presence.  Norah’s parents are worried about her, too, and it’s hard to explain to friends that she’s not allowed to stay after school or go out on weekends (because she’s supposed to rest).  Norah makes a lot of mistakes as she tries to navigate this minefield, but eventually she’s able to work out a compromise with her folks AND talk about her cancer without feeling like she’s going to explode.  Great for fans of realistic fiction – Norah’s story/feelings are authentic and readers will empathize with her.

Reviewed by YA Librarian