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My Abnormal Life
by Lee McClain

Category: Fiction / General
181 pages; ISBN: 0843954663

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

My Abnormal Life
Lee McClain
Smooch, Mar 2005, $5.99, 181 pp.
ISBN: 0843954663

Homeless fifteen years old Rose Graham was caught shoplifting or else her plight and that of her Downs Syndrome sister Danielle would have remained unknown. The social workers at St. Helen’s Home for Girls separate the two siblings though it is obvious that Dani relies heavily on Rose. Dani is placed with the Johnsons where teenager Brian detests the fact that another “Little Orphan Annie” is coming into his family home. Rose is sent to the McGraws whose daughter is a perky freshman cheerleader at Penn State.

Rose struggles to adapt to school and not having Dani depend on her. However although feeling some guilt her most difficult adjustment is Brian, a hunk that makes her dream of desires she never had before except that he seems nasty to her and somewhat to Dani.

This is an intriguing story line starring an affable nurturing homeless teen struggling with the demands of a nice foster family, school, sibling separation when she is the caretaker, and a teen hunk. The story line is at its best when it centers on Rose’s life. When she plays the computer game Altlives, Rose enjoys MY ALTERNATE LIFE using the game to cope with the recent changes, but though interesting to watch her rationalize that also takes the plot away from an even more fascinating reality. Young adults will enjoy the insightful MY ABNORMAL LIFE.

Harriet Klausner

 

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