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Normal Sucks, by Jonathan Mooney, is a fun, rollicking, and enjoyable read. Most importantly, it offers hope to individuals who learn and behave differently. Mooney's hope comes in the form of his whole-hearted embracing of diversity and differences exhibited by so many of us. I have spent my entire career in education working with students with learning and behavioral differences. This book will not only be a great comfort to parents, educators, and clinicians who work with children, teens, and young adults who are different, but will also comfort those who are different themselves. A main strength of Normal Sucks is the strong personal narrative throughout the entire book. Through anecdote and example Mooney finds ways to celebrate and embrace diversity. I highly recommend this book.
I read this book on the heels of "The Short Bus" by Jonathan Mooney. As a parent advocate on a school-based special education committee, I learned a lot from that read. But "Normal Sucks" is a wiser, adult Jonathan Mooney displaying all those mad, dyslexic big picture skills. He walked me through high brow philosophical discussion and kept it real. I laughed -- out loud -- and that's what sealed the deal. I've purchased three copies so far (thank you, Amazon, for the fast delivery service), and I'm not done.
I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was in elementary school around grade 3. I am 23 now and I have been wanting to learn more about it and how people with this type of brain actually function. This was one of the only audio books that my library had on the subject and I am so glad I chose it. This really helped me to think differently about myself and disabilities in general! I really loved this, I can't find the words for how much I love it. It really made an impact on me and I think everyone should read this at some point in their lives.