Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Review: This Side Of Normal by Eric Devine (awesome mainstream YA!)

Book Info:

Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: Long Tale Press (March 25, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981724930
ISBN-13: 978-0981724935
Review Copy: Publisher

What I Thought:

If you love YA but want to see something different besides supernatural characters then you REALLY need to check this one out!

The author is certainly one to watch for. His first book is based on a teen who goes through a a life changing event and must figure out how to deal with it. You can tell that the author writes from personal experience which makes the story entirely believable.

I read a lot of YA, but not a whole lot in the mainstream category because the stories don't always interest me. This one did! I'm giving it two thumbs up and a high recommendation!

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

Ed Devlin has problems. His parents haven't gotten along since Ed's uncle died. His father drinks too much and his mother has all but given up on her spouse. Ed's best friend has no time for him because he's too busy chasing a girl more likely to end up in jail than at graduation. And on top of all that, Ed is beginning to realize something is wrong with his body. Ed's life is going to change, but not in any way he imagines. It's going to get a whole lot worse before it gets any better. Just like all the rest, he'll find his health problem is beyond his control. It will overwhelm him and force him to find a way through. Forcing him to become someone new.

About The Author:

Eric is a high school English teacher who aquired type one diabetes at the age of 12. Eric's writing stems from his classroom experiences, where his stories helped facilitate his teaching. Eric is actively involved with diabetes-related support groups including the Sugar Free Gang, a program affiliated with the American Diabetes Association. Eric is working on his next novel from his home in Upstate New York, where he lives with his wife, daughters and type one diabetes.


  1. OH wow, I have not heard of this one, off to add it to my wishlist which is ever growing but it sounds REALLY good! Great review.

  2. Sounds like an interesting book. I've actually heard of this one somewhere out in the blogosphere (it escapes me right now where)...may have to check it out. Thanks for sharing...and happy reading!

    Oh, and YES...YOU HAVE AN AWARD! ^_^