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So. Here it is. My summer journal. As you can see, I got a little carried away. The problem is this, though. I don't want you to read it. I really mean it. I just wanted you to know I did it. I didn't want you to think I was one of those kids who says, 'Oh yeah, I did it, but I lost it/my dog ate it/my little brother dropped it in the toilet.' But please, PLEEASE DON'T READ IT! How was I to know all this stuff was going to happen to me this summer? Mary Lou has what she calls a normally-strange family. That is, until her cousin Carl comes to stay. She had plans to enjoy the summer hanging out with her first ever crush, but there's something so quiet and sad about Carl, and Mary Lou knows that no one else in her chaotic home will bother to find out why. So it looks like it's up to her -- and what she discovers is far from normal and rocks the family to its heart.
Published on January 1, 2015 by Pan MacMillan
ISBN-10: 0330517309
ISBN-13: 9780330517300
9 Book Reviews
  • bigbookworm
    bigbookwormMonday, June 14, 2021 at 6:06 am55 stars
    My fave book ever! Book list: #1 Absolutely Normal Chaos #2 Witch of Blackbird Pond #3 The Star Friends series. I hope you enjoy this book! Read it!
    • bigbookworm
      bigbookwormMonday, June 7, 2021 at 5:53 am55 stars
      AMAZING BOOK!!! I give it INFINITE STARS!!! I can't use words to explain how much i love it. My fave so far by Sharon Creech. Mary Lou (Finney) is a girl with 1 sister and 3 brothers. Her teacher asked her to write a journal over the summer, but someone got too carried away. Later, her cousin Carl Ray comes to town and things are starting to get interesting for a change. This story will sweep you off your feet! With love, loss, and complex situations, i can guarentee you will love this book. I loved it so much i've read it about 15 times (and counting) and i followed it!
      • lauraeastfly
        lauraeastflySaturday, June 20, 2020 at 6:50 pm33 stars
        I started reading it a while ago , and it's been pretty cool. You should read it! I'm serious, ok.
        • addy323Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm
          I LLLLLLOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEDDDD this book. I read it once and got totally hooked. it is so awesome and ive read it like five million times. it is my fave book I own. i am in 6th grade.
          • RainFriday, October 7, 2016 at 2:20 pmFeatured
            I am in 6th grade, and I read this in my free time. It isn't a hugely popular book, but I absolutely LOVE it! It has just the right amount of just about every emotion, and it is funny and sad in just the right places. I really enjoyed reading it, and it is now one of my all time favorites. I tried to read it in 1st grade, but it didn't interest me then. I think any girl (or maybe even boy, I'm not sure) 4th grade age or above will greatly enjoy this book. Like I said, it isn't totally popular, and I never would have heard of it if it weren't for my aunt. She was best friends with Sharon Creech's daughter. I only know one other book by Sharon Creech, and I haven't read it . . . yet. It's called Walk Two Moons, and I'm sure it will be just as good as Absolutely Normal Chaos.
            • redrobinson
              redrobinsonWednesday, November 25, 2015 at 7:54 am55 stars
              Absolutely Normal Chaos is one of the best books, in my opinion. I read this in my class when we do independent reading, and it was absolutely one of my favorite books! It is really funny, and has some heart in it too. It takes you through the summer of a 13-year old girl named Mary Lou Finney who has a huge family. She goes through a lot, and has a crazy adventure! I highly recommend you read this book! It takes you through an amazing journey!
              • 20amckim
                20amckimMonday, April 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm55 stars
                This book is amazing! It takes you through the summer of a 13 year old girl named Mary Lou Finney who has a big family! when mysterios cousin Carl Ray comes into town, things get weird. She finds out that Alex Cheevy likes her and Carl Ray and her best friend start going out! like, ew! find out what else happens in this amazing story!
                • adele2252
                  adele2252Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm55 stars
                  read it and school and liked it
                  • gum98
                    gum98Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm
                    I love these books and Sharon Creech is an amazing author. This book was touching and I highly recommend it!