A Different Kind of Normal


      A Different Kind of Normal
From acclaimed author Cathy Lamb comes a warm and poignant story about mothers and sons, family and forgiveness and loving someone enough to let them be true to themselves.Jaden Bruxelle knows that life is precious She sees it in her work as a hospice nurse, a job filled with compassion and humor even on the saddest days And she sees it in Tate, the boy she has raised as her son ever since her sister gave him up at birth Tate is seventeen, academically brilliant, funny, and loving He s also a talented basketball player despite having been born with an abnormally large head something Jaden s mother blames on a family curse Jaden dismisses that as nonsense, just as she ignores the legends about witches and magic in the family.Over the years, Jaden has focused all her energy on her job and on sheltering Tate from the world Tate, for his part, just wants to be a regular kid Through his blog, he s slowly reaching out, finding his voice He wants to try out for the Varsity basketball team He wants his mom to focus on her own life for a change, maybe even date again.Jaden knows she needs to let go of Tate, of her fears and anger, and of the responsibilities she uses as a shield And through a series of unexpected events and revelations, she s about to learn how Because as dear as life may be, its only real value comes when we are willing to live it fully, even if that means risking it all. Free Read [ A Different Kind of Normal ] By [ Cathy Lamb ] – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Cathy Lamb was born in Newport Beach, California As a child, she mastered the art of skateboarding, catching butterflies in bottles, and riding her bike with no hands When she was 10, her parents moved her, two sisters, a brother, and two poorly behaved dogs to Oregon before she could fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a surfer bum.She then embarked on her notable academic career where she earned good grades now and then, spent a great deal of time daydreaming, ran wild with a number of friends, and landed on the newspaper staff in high school When she saw her byline above an article about people making out in the hallways of the high school, she knew she had found her true calling After two years of partying at the University of Oregon, she settled down for the next three years and earned her bachelor s and master s degrees in education, and became a fourth grade teacher It was difficult for her to become proper and conservative but she threw out her red cowboy boots and persevered She had no choice She had to eat, and health insurance is expensive She met her husband on a blind date A mutual friend who was an undercover vice cop busting drug dealers set them up It was love at third sight Teaching children about the Oregon Trail and multiplication facts amused her until she became so gigantically pregnant with twins she looked like a small cow and could barely walk With a three year old at home, she decided it was time to make a graceful exit and waddle on out She left school one day and never went back She likes to think her students missed her.When Cathy was no longer smothered in diapers and pacifiers, she took a turn onto the hazardous road of freelance writing and wrote almost 200 articles on homes, home d cor, people and fashion for a local newspaper As she is not fashionable and can hardly stand to shop, it was an eye opener for her to find that some women actually do obsess about what to wear She also learned it would probably berelaxing to slam a hammer against one s forehead than engage in a large and costly home remodeling project Cathy suffers from, I Would Rather Play Than Work Disease which prevents her from getting much work done unless she has a threatening deadline She likes to hang with family and friends, walk, eat chocolate, camp, travel, and is slightly obsessive about the types of books she reads She also likes to be left alone a lot so she can hear all the odd characters in her head talk to each other and then transfer that oddness to paper The characters usually don t start to talk until 10 00 at night, however, so she is often up til 2 00 in the morning with them That is her excuse for being cranky She adores her children and husband, except when he refuses to take his dirty shoes off and walks on the carpet She will ski because her children insist, but she secretly doesn t like it at all Too cold and she falls all the time She is currently working on her next book and isn t sleeping much.

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      A Different Kind of Normal
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  • Paperback
  • 408 pages
  • A Different Kind of Normal
  • Cathy Lamb
  • English
  • 14 November 2019
  • 0758259395

10 thoughts on “ A Different Kind of Normal

  1. says:

    I have read other Cathy Lamb books and really enjoyed them.I was sorely disappointed with this one The whole story was just too hokey and unbelievable The constant sexual innuendos, their behaviors, the characters just didn t seem believable Even the behavior and goings on of their ancestors was too over the top The only one who I thought was real was the drug addicted Brooke She was the only character that I think I could have found in real life.I know it is supposed to be a feel good I have read other Cathy Lamb books and really enjoyed them.I was sorely disappointed with this one The whole story was just t...

  2. says:

    I love Cathy Lamb s books they make me laugh, touch me, and I always find the characters appealing This book took me a lot longer than usual to get into There seemed to be so many completely quirky charactersthan normal that jumped around a lot and some of the dialogue between them was distracting and driving me crazy Still about a third of the way in it all started to come together and I ended up really enjoying it Jaden, tough, no nonsense and mama bear protective over her son I love Cathy Lamb s books they make me laugh, touch me, and I always find the ch...

  3. says:

    I never write reviews but I didn t want readers to miss out on other Cathy Lamb books because of this one I enjoyed it as a quirky fiction book with lots of heart but it is nowhere near her other books Her other books are relatable They are about women I know or sometimes me She talks of experiences with raw emotion and lots of humor I wish I knew these people I lent out The Last Time I Was Me and never got it back I think I ll buy it again on my Kindle because it was that good.The I never write r...

  4. says:

    I really did not like this book I found that she picked way too many themes to touch on This made all her characters seem completely unrealistic to me She did drug abuse, orphanges in India, death and dying, medlical malpractice, special needs child, single dads and I think that is it Too much subject matter not enough depth Everything ended well and as expected and the I felt all the characters except the main character to be one dimensional Reading this book wa...

  5. says:

    There are page turners, and then there are page flippers Page flippers are books that inspire you to flip through them, looking for the next part that s relevant to the plot I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit after I decided to skim it it has a strong cast of main characters, some fun plot points, and some genuinely moving exchanges It also has about 200 pages of fluff and repetition Had this book been only 200 pages, I probably would have laughed, cried, and bought it for all my There are page turners, and then there are page flippers Page flippers are books that inspire you to flip through them, looking ...

  6. says:

    A Different Kind of Normal A Heart Felt Story I loved this book It really hit home One of the main characters in this book was born with a big head The medical term for this is called Hydrocephalus I have a relative that was born with this same condition This made the book come alive for me because of that fact.Tate Bruxelle, was born with a big head His real mother, Brooke, abandoned him after birth She simply walked away from the hospital leaving Tate there Jaden Bruxelle, the sister A Different Kin...

  7. says:

    I can sum this book up in one word Beautiful In true Cathy Lamb fashion, readers are brought a story that will make you laugh out loud, and is absolutely certain to bring forth tears of empathy and grief It s what Cathy Lamb does best, and it s probably why she truly is my favorite author.Lamb s newest novel tells the story of 17 year old Tate Born to a strung out and drug addicted mother Brooke , and adopted at birth by his 19 year old aunt Jaden , Tate s life will be anything but easy I can sum this book up in one word Beautiful In true Cathy Lamb fashion, readers are brought a story that will make you laugh out loud, and is absolutely certain to bring forth tears of empathy and grief It s what Cathy Lamb does best, and it s probably why...

  8. says:

    Jaden is a hospice nurse She is mother to Tate, a teenager with Hydrocephalus Her family is quite a cast of characters from her soap opera actress mother, to her drug addicted sister, to her single dad wrestler turned florist brother, and her nieces and nephew Jaden struggles for that delicate balance between encouraging normalcy and protecting her physically fragile son.And she frequently comes out on the over protective end Tate has a large misshapen head And of course this sets him up Jaden is a hospice nurse She is mother to Tate, a teenager with Hydrocephalus Her family is quite a cast of characters from her soap opera actress mother, to her drug addicted sister, to her single dad wrestler turned florist brother, and her nieces and nephew Jaden struggles for that delicate balance between encouraging normalcy and protecting her physically fragile son.And she frequently comes out on the over protective end Tate has a large misshapen head And of course this sets him up for ridicule from his classmates Tate while not immune to the taunts, barbs and sometimes physical assaults by his peers,has a sunny disposition and has learned ...

  9. says:

    Well done Ms Lamb, well done There are so many words that I could write about what happens in this book to a family of characters that in true Cathy Lamb fashion make you want to be best friends with some of them and run over others with your car Your big car Instead I ll tell you what happened when I fell under the spell of A DIFFERENT KIND OF NORMAL I became friends with the characters I missed the characters when I close the back flap of the book I laughed at the hilarious scenarios Well done Ms Lamb, well done There are so many words that I could write about what happens in this book to a family of characters that in true Cathy Lamb fashion make you want to be best friends with some of them and run over ...

  10. says:

    Why do editors give well known authors a pass This book was in dire need of editing, and would have done well as a much shorter book, say 200 250 pages or so Jaden is a strong character as a caring, involved, hospice nurse She is raising her drug addicted sister s child, who suffered brain and head birth defects due to his mother s drug use when she was pregnant The premise is strong, however, the book bounces all over the place Ancestors who were witches, a mother who is a soap opera Why do editors give well known authors a pass This book was in dire need of editing, and would have done well ...

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