Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book (Real Life Series #1)Nancy N. Rue
Teen Fiction Normal? While family dinners and vacations to touristy destinations are ordinary events for her “normal” friends, fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher’s normal life means dealing with her ADHD and her mother’s bipolar disorder. So why is Jess... Read More
Normal? While family dinners and vacations to touristy destinations are ordinary events for her “normal” friends, fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher’s normal life means dealing with her ADHD and her mother’s bipolar disorder. So why is Jessie shocked when the unexpected happens? Now her “normal” includes living in Florida with the father she always thought was dead and learning the secrets of sushi from a man who teaches by tormenting her. Life isn’t any saner with her dad, but a cute guy and a mysterious book might just be the crazy Jessie needs.
Approximate Page Count; 224
Dimensions: 8.40”(L) X 5.50”(W) X 0.60”(D)
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 16, 2010
- UPC: 9780310714842
- Height: 0.61
- Width: 4.78
- Length: 9.10
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 222
- Publish Date: May 8, 2010
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 16
- Audience Age Minimum: 13
- BISAC: "JUV033010"
- ISBN: 0310714842
Customer ReviewsWrite your own review
- Amazing (like most of Nancy Rue's books) by Sofia Marie of Teens Live for Jesus on 12/20/2016
Typical Jessie: I guess my life was crazy even before the day it really lost its mind. I just didn’t think it was. I did think my friend Chelsea’s life was a little weird. Her parents had been married to each other for twenty years and her family sat down at the table to eat supper together every night... I definitely considered my friend Marcus’s life to be strange. His family went on a two-week vacation every single summer to places like Key West and the Grand Canyon... Totally off the wall.
When Jessie's mom is sent to the hospital for gulping down a bunch of pills, Jessie is left with her dad. Who she had thought was dead. Her plan is simple: drive him nuts until he sends her back home. Except it might be nicer in some ways in Florida: like motorcycles, the beach and a book that she can actually read. Can there really be a relief from the hamster wheel in her head? Can she just be herself, without always covering up the fact that she has ADHD?
Like most of Nancy Rue's books, Motorcycles, Sushi and One Strange Book is awesome. I love how Jessie changes from the I-have-to-hide-this girl to someone who more or less embraces herself as she is. RL-the book that she found herself reading despite her disability- is basically a modern-day paraphrase of the Bible. It can mysteriously be clear when it's time to read and blur when the reading is enough for the day. Although a book like that isn’t really out there, Nancy Rue does show us that parts of the Bible can stand out to us too.
This is the first of the Real Life series for teens. The others are "Boyfriends, Burritos and an Ocean of Trouble," "Tournaments, Cocoa and One Wrong Move" and "Limos, Lattes, and My Life on the Fringe." They can all be read as stand-alones, since the only thread is the RL book that they find when they need it and leave for someone else to find.