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Absolutely Normal Chaos

Author: Sharon Creech
Reviewer's Age: Grade 7

What do you need a journal for? Mary Lou Finney groans when her English teacher gives them a vacation assignment about what they did over the summer. Little does Mary Lou know that she is in for the summer of her life. Her best friend ends up getting angry at her, her extremely odd and boring cousin Carl Ray comes to visit and the pink-tinged Alex Cheevey starts hanging around. What could this all mean? Mary Lou learns a lot and also manages to complete her journal without any problem. Sharon Creech is an absolute genius when whipping up books. As Mary Lou gets whirled around in this fantastic tale about a thirteen-year-old girl she realizes just how hectic life can become. Absolutely Normal Chaos is wonderfully spun and recommended to everyone.