The New Normal


Product Details

Orca Book Publishers
Publish Date
5.54 X 0.53 X 8.26 inches | 0.59 pounds

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About the Author

Ashley Little completed a BFA in creative writing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Ashley teaches yoga and writes fiction in Alberta's badlands. The New Normal is her first novel for teens. For more information, visit


"Tamar's wisecracking first-person voice adeptly conveys the complexity and grit of her emotional life as she learns to stand up for herself. Readers...will be rewarded by the destination."--Kirkus Reviews
"Little...prevents Tamar's situation from feeling melodramatic, always keeping her story grounded. Readers will sense that realism from the very first page...Tamar is so relatable and genuine that readers will be invested in her attempts to surmount the challenges that pile up."--Publishers Weekly
"This book had a really well-written, realistic plot. The author did a good job describing the things in Tamar's world. I really found myself able to visualize Tamar, her house, and everything else around her. I think it was a heartwarming story and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes reading realistic fiction. "--Teen Reviewer, YALSA Teens' Top Ten Galley Review
"Tamar Robinson's heartfelt story is relayed via first-person narration marked by an endearing balance of sarcasm and self-awareness...She is a lovable everygirl readers will want to be friends with. In addition to creating an endearing, believably conflicted protagonist whom it is impossible not to cheer for, Little deftly doles out levity and hardship at just the right times. The novel is mired neither in endless tragedy nor flippant dark humour; it presents a realistic portrayal of a grieving teenage girl...With equal parts humour and humility, Little's novel reads like an Alberta-set love child of Susan Juby and Sarah Dessen, and that's not a bad thing at all."--Quill & Quire
"The writing is clean and conversational; the book reads like a diary, as we listen to Tamar confessing her story in first person...Ultimately, I ask myself whether this book is one I'd pass on to my daughter, and there's no doubt I would. Tamar shows incredible resilience, and that's the one quality I think our kids need today as they enter the sometimes scary and always challenging world of high school."--The Coastal Spectator
"Readers will find [Tamar's] courageous yet realistic attitude admirable. She shows readers how to cope with whatever life throws your way. The novel will definitely appeal to teenage girls...Little manages to capture the cruelty of high school life, as well as the compassion of teenage existence."--Resource Links
"This novel is a joy to read from start to finish. Tamar is complex, never boring and remains a charismatic and appealing character at her best and her worst...The New Normal is a powerful story about accepting yourself and your circumstances...[and] keeps just the right balance between tragedy and comedy. Highly Recommended."--CM Magazine
"One cannot help but root for [Tamar] to survive the challenges in her life...Readers remain connected to this feisty, capable teen and just want for her to be happy...Through sheer tenacity and a love of life, she saves herself and, in the process, her family. A quick read that delivers a happy ending."--School Library Journal