Short Stories That Smash Mental Health Stereotypes
"AB(SOLUTELY) NORMAL is absolutely extraordinary and necessary. We need these stories."
-Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times
best selling author and Newbery winner
"AB(SOLUTELY) NORMAL is a beautiful, funny, honest, heart-aching, heart-affirming read, one I know I'll go back to again and again...Dear readers everywhere, you need this book!"
"Adults take note: this book is for you. Teens take note: this book is for you. I highly recommend it."
"By turns cathartic, inspiring, authentic, and deeply felt, this is easily the most essential book of the year for teen readers. Don't miss it!"
"This anthology is an English teacher's dream. It can be used as a powerful mentor text because the book contains many different genres: poetry, a one-act play, epistolary, transcript, a graphic story, and fiction that is organized in unique ways. The possibilites for teaching various organizations patterns are one reason alone for using this book...a one-stop wonder book for the classroom and our homes."
"AB(SOLUTELY) NORMAL should be required reading for all teens, and their parents and teachers. Teens with mental health issues will feel seen, while those without them will learn empathy and kindness. Oh, how I wish this book had been around when I was in high school!"
"Excellent and much needed. Every story is strong and important...there are no duds here. As editors, Nora Shalaway Carpenter and Rocky Callen made superb choices in both content and format. Whenever someone requests titles dealing with mental health, AB(SOLUTELY) NORMAL will be my first recommendation."
"Covering topics such as anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and PMDD, this sensitive work authentically portrays its teen characters as complex beings whose positive relationships—with friends and family, and with their own mental health—exude hope. Back matter includes resources."
-School Library Journal