Sara and the Search for Normal by Wesley King

    Sara and the Search for Normal by Wesley King, Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 9781534421134, 2020

Format: First Edition Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Sara and the Search for Normal is a book that tells a story with an important lesson. The primary focus of the book is surrounding the mental health struggles of the main character Sara. Sara is affected by panic episodes, depression, and other reactions induced by anxiety. Her main goal: to be normal. As you watch her growth and discovery, you realize that regardless of the issues Sara is facing, she is courageous, strong and kind. 

  I love that Wesley King showed mental health in a way that was authentic and relatable. He discusses not only the topic of mental health but also bullying, child abuse, and the importance of friendship. Despite the heavy topics, readers will find joy through the pages of this book. I think that readers will feel encouraged that you can fight through difficult battles and recognize the importance of opening yourself up to true friendship. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No. 

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers who enjoyed OCDaniel by King will truly enjoy this prequel. Any reader struggling with mental health challenges or who knows someone who is will gain insight into what it is like and how they can help. Educators who work with teenage students should definitely read this book. 

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries, Middle Schools, High Schools

Where would you shelve it?  Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Marisa Marion, Locke Middle School, Billerica MA

Date of review: 4/11/2021

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