The Other Normals

The Other Normals Given the chance fifteen year old Peregrine Perry Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures Caverns an epic role playing game rich with magical creatures spell casting and deadly weap

Given the chance, fifteen year old Peregrine Perry Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures Caverns, an epic role playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons The world of CC is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin But that isn t happening not if his parents have anything to do with it Concerned theirGiven the chance, fifteen year old Peregrine Perry Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures Caverns, an epic role playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons The world of CC is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin But that isn t happening not if his parents have anything to do with it Concerned their son lacks social skills, they ship him off to summer camp to become a man They want him to be outdoors playing with kids his own age and meeting girls rather than indoors alone, with only his gaming alter ego for company Perry knows he s in for the worst summer of his life.Everything changes, however, when Perry gets to camp and stumbles into the World of the Other Normals There he meets Mortin Enaw, one of the creators of CC, and other mythical creatures from the game, including the alluring Ada Ember, whom Perry finds beautiful than any human girl he s ever met Perry s new otherworldly friends need his help to save their princess and prevent mass violence As they embark on their quest, Perry realizes that his nerdy childhood has uniquely prepared him to be a great warrior in this world, and maybe even a hero But to save the princess, Perry will have to learn how to make real connections in the human world as well.Bestselling author Ned Vizzini delivers a compulsively readable and wildly original story about the winding and often hilarious path to manhood.

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  1. Vizzini grew up primarily in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1999 While still a teenager, he began to write articles for the New York Press, an alternative newspaper.After he wrote an essay that got published by the New York Times Magazine, several of his essays about his young adult life ended up being combined into his first book, Teen Angst Naaah Vizzini attended Hunter College, also located in Manhattan Ned Vizzini lived in New York City Vizzini s characters and situations are said be based upon his time spent at Stuyvesant.

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  1. This was very entertaining, especially for an epic nerd like me Though really, Perry, who says only boys play Magic I played Magic Hmmm, perhaps I should not admit to that looks around shiftly Never mind, I never played Magic I ve seen the concept of a RPG come to life before but not done so well as this one, and I haven t had so many genuine laughs reading a YA book in a while This one never stops being funny The ending definitely goes for zany over serious, despite the bloodshed and supposed t [...]

  2. I wanted to like this, I really did I loved Vizzini s It s Kind of a Funny Story I love coming of age stories I love the fantasy genre So this book was an easy sell to me Unfortunately, it didn t deliver on any level The world building was just silly lots of basic mechanics were poorly explained or glossed over entirely, while lots of unnecessary details, such as the protagonists inability to pronounce the Other Normals word for money, were expounded on for far too long More importantly, the cha [...]

  3. I just don t even know where to start with a review of this novel The characters, Perry, well he is so endearing in an adorkable way, you know boys like this even if you were a girl, you were like him, maybe still have moments like he did You can t help but like him, he s just trying to become a man and has no idea how to do it He s fifteen and hasn t hit puberty He s into playing an RPG game that s not played on a computer Yeah, adorkable He makes his own battle plans and characters but doesn [...]

  4. This was such a great book for the slightly geeky boy who is into RPGs and possibly a fan of The Big Bang Theory Perry s experience playing Creatures Caverns by himself makes him a sadder character than the usual hero, but his actions in the World of the Other Normals will make them cheer.It s his incredible geekiness and lack of social skills that makes him endearing The scene at the dance Priceless, and one that will resonate with just the boys who should read this book Ditto his rant about be [...]

  5. In short The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini is the most hilarious book I ve read this year.Hands up if you ve ever wished you could visit a fantasy world that you ve always dreamed about seeing in real life I know I would offer up my first born to be able to go to Hogwarts kidding, of course So I was very envious of The Other Normals unusual hero, Peregrine Perry Eckert, when he finds out that the alternate world he has been obsessing over from his Creatures Caverns rulebook a play on Dungeons Dra [...]

  6. Considering that my tastes have been heading towards fantasy as of late I ve just consumed Graceling and Fire, not to mention my love of The Guild , I needed a break from the depressing kind of YA realism I ve been overdosing on This book was a perfect balance between realism and fantasy, straddling both genres in a fresh way.

  7. The Other Normals by Ned VizziniRelease Date September 25th, 2012Publisher Balzer Bray HarperCollins Page Count 387Source Complimentary ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased reviewI ve been a Ned Vizzini fan since way way back I recall purchasing a first edition hardcover copy of Be More Chill at a school book fair the moment it hit the shelves reveling in his next release, It s Kind of a Funny Story and the pride nostalgia elation I felt when I discovered the latter had [...]

  8. The Other Normals was just 400 pages of laugh out loud hilarious dialogue, characters, and plot I enjoyed everything in The Other Normals Ned Vizzini knows how to write humorous dialogue and has a way of portraying a fifteen year old boy s insecurities and issues without sounding whiny, cliched or boring The whole setting of this novel had me cracking up Peregrine, who hates being called that and prefers Perry, is the son of two divorced parents His brother is a cliched bad boy but his parents a [...]

  9. Perry Eckert loves to play Creatures Caverns in all of his spare time He doesn t have any friends to play the game with, so he just creates characters When someone inspires him to create a character based on himself, he does Of course the character differs in some ways, like his red skin, yellow hair and tail, but he is also not that strong, not that fast, but full of honor Perry s parents are worried about him being a social outcast, so they send him to summer camp There, Perry is swept into a [...]

  10. Rating Clarification 3.5 5If you want to see of my reviews, check out my blog Moosubi Reviews Disclaimer The fact that I received an ARC of this book through ARCycling has not affected my rating This review expresses my honest opinions.I have to admit that The Other Normals wasn t what I expected When I think about books about video games, I think about something around the lines of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Epic by Conor Kostick, or Little Brother by Cory Doctorow All three of those bo [...]

  11. Terrific Young Fantasy Novel from Ned VizziniOne of our finest American chroniclers of adolescent angst in nonfiction and fiction, Ned Vizzini, has written one of the most compellingly readable and imaginative works of fiction published this year that, I promise, will thrill children of all ages The Other Normals It is a bold, brash, quite imaginative, look at adolescent male bonding and blossoming sexual interest between the sexes masquerading as a cleverly plotted sword and sorcery fantasy tha [...]

  12. As soon as I finished Defiance by C.J Redwine, I pulled this book out of my bag to start on I m so glad I did This was so completely different that I was able to switch gears and get me on a different track I love switching up the types of books I read Where Defiance was such a girl power book, The Other Normals is very much a guy who starts believing in himself book YAY for these books I love that there are such great books coming out now that we can build confidence in our teens and young adul [...]

  13. The Other Normals by Ned Vizzani is a fun read It s also one of those stories that changes the way you look at things Vizinni portrays his protagonist nerdy 15 year old Perry Eckert so well I felt all the angst and hopefulness of a socially misfit adolescent boy navigating the treacherous waters of peer rejection, emerging sexuality and impending adulthood Perry s social gaffs, his inept attempts to make friends and talk to girls, and his loving but malfunctioning family are exaggerated for comi [...]

  14. C.S Lewis meets Edgar Rice Burroughs by way of Holden Caulfield The action scenes are the kind that you cannot leave for fear that they will continue without you The humor comes from the wry perspective that young teens thrive on and the succinct poetical turn of sentence gives a satisfying soulful element to the prose Though there are some language and action elements that might keep this out of school libraries it is the very honesty of these sections that will let young adults know that they [...]

  15. I really like this book It s a blend of contemporary AND fantasy which is something you don t see very often I recommend this to anyone who is looking for something fresh and creative Win an ARC over at my blog this week appraisingpages 2012 09 08

  16. 3.5 5 stars.This one was fun, but there s definitely a gender bias But since there s so few YA lit for guys by guys, in this case, I think that s a good thing The Other Normals is a tale of a tabletop RPG geek, coming of age, and trying to straddle both the worlds of being a child and being an adult and being or going none of those things are easy I think that the YA male audience is really going to hook into this one and relate a lot Caution, there are a few spoilers in this review, so if you h [...]

  17. I m a self proclaimed geek, nerd, queen of awkwardness, so when I read the synopsis to Ned Vizzini s The Other Normals I felt an instant connection to the main character Perry and I hoped I d find a kindred spirit in him I did not I loved Vizzini s other novel It s Kind Of A Funny Story and I think he can craft a stellar contemporary voice Unfortunately, this particular novel just didn t strike a chord with me.Peregrine Perry Eckert is by all definitions a loner, geek, late bloomer At 15 years o [...]

  18. 15 year old Perry is obsessed with Creatures and Caverns, a pen and paper role playing game, to the point where he has nearly shut out the rest of the world This worries his divorced parents, who communicating only through their lawyers decide to send him to summer camp There Perry discovers two things the camp is totally ghetto, and the world of Creatures and Caverns is real, is in trouble, and Perry is the only one who can save it or so it seems Parts of this book got a little slow, but I love [...]

  19. Are you a Dungeons and Dragons playing, fantasy loving nerd Then this book is for you Are you the opposite of all those things Then this book is also for you Vizzini s tale of a scrawny unlikely hero who must save an alternate universe whose fate decides our own, is hilarious, adventurous, and fast paced Teen guys and girls won t be able to put this down, I certainly couldn t but I m not a teen, don t tell

  20. This book was really funny So many ridiculous things happened The characters themselves were pretty funny too It felt kind of like a parody of some epic fantasy story, with some sci fi thrown in Perry is very na ve for a nerdy mathlete RPGer And very immature He kind of reminded me of my brother, except my brother addicted to Call of Duty and other war games instead of WoW and RPG stuff Ada and Mortin are pretty cool characters Perry likes Ada a lot.There are some very unique creatures in this f [...]

  21. Ah, summer camp, that place where some kids can t wait to go and others dread the experience as if it were prison, a punishment for unidentified misdeeds and social ineptitude Such is the fate awaiting poor 15 year old Perry Eckart when his parents drop him off at Camp Washiska Lake It s than just his parents, though his mom s and dad s significant others, divorce lawyers Horace and Kimberley, are actively involved in orchestrating what Perry is sure will be the worst summer of his life and his [...]

  22. I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book initially, but it got better as I became familiar with the concept Honestly, when I read that Perry played Creatures Caverns, I had the same reaction Anna did oh, it s going to be one of those books But I was surprised by this book Sure, the story is based on a boy getting sucked into a real world based on the game he spends all his time playing, but it s a nice mixture of reality and fantasy When he isn t fighting dog headed creatures, he s constan [...]

  23. Really creative, colorful take on the mundane person gets drawn into fantasy world as their savior genre, but this book is missing any sense of solidity or depth The protagonist is immature to the point of implausibility like when someone implies he s immature, so he drops his pants to show the entire camp his lone pubic hair and shout that he is a man after all After a string of events on that level of ridiculousness, it becomes hard to empathize with him as a character, or care what happens to [...]

  24. There are some really funny lines in this book I remember 15 and it wasn t easy I would have even given this a higher rating, but I had a real problem with some of the language I really hate it when I read that in other reviews, but here I go I grew up with kids who called it each other Fa ot and Gay as in retarded, another no no Times have changed and these words are no longer acceptable If the NBA can run an ad telling kids not to use those words, because they hurt, then adults shouldn t eithe [...]

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