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Normal? By Stephen J. Mulrooney

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Usual set of twins and Robbie an attractive farm boy soon add colors that Gene has never imagined to his already colorful world Travel through all the trials and tribulations of a young teen's life as he explores all the joys wonders and pitfalls of coming of age and experiencing the emotional and biological dramas and traumas of infatuation and love for the first time This is a story you'll want to read over and over again It is a beautiful tale that anyone who has ever loved desired and reached for a yearning just beyond their grasp can relate to Gene's story is our story and he tells it in a manner that will awaken all the remarkable and beautiful memories that have slept in some far corner of our hearts for too lo 25 starsGene is adopted by two men who have hearts with an overwhelming capacity to love Surrounding these men Ben and Tom are a core group of the most unusual characters who make up the family unit that raises not only Gene but 3 other adoptive children as well Ben a drag ueen by weekend and Mother to Gene is the sphere that essentially all the other characters in Stephen J Mulrooney's novel gravitate around His partner Tom is a uiet yet insightful father to his brood and the steadiest of anchors in a seemingly rollicking householdAlong with Tom is Uncle Josh Ben's best friend and a rabbi to boot who has seen his fair share of loss and pain but has somehow managed to remain wise and patient and so very loving Interwoven are a few close friends also drag ueens and a cast of minor characters that bring their own brand of zaniness into the mix At its heart Normal is a coming of age novel that follows Gene from the age of ten to adulthood Along the way he nurtures a deep crush on his adoptive brother Robbie falls into his first sexual affair with an abusive and dominating friend of his brother and meets in one brief shining moment a young man who will show him what love is really all aboutThe story describes with sometimes poetic detail what it is to grow up in a household that is rife with unconditional love and support While it is a fantastical tale that finds each adoptive child also gay and seemingly no real hardships for two gay men to be raising such a brood or even adopt easily each addition to their household it manages to convey a sense of family and loyalty that is sweet in many ways In fact the author's keen sense of humor graces each page keeping even darker moments in Gene's life light and often enjoyable to readSowhy not five stars then Well it is just this fantastical air to the novel that I felt was its ultimate downfall into a less than perfect story With each nonsensical addition to this memoir I felt myself doubting the veracity of the author Instead of understanding fully what made Gene and his family tick I found myself reading about a cast of characters that remained just that characters I wanted meat I wanted to know the hearts and minds of these people develop an affinity with them care about what would happen next in their lives Instead I found myself thinking that none of them seemed real enough for me to relate to on any level When the main character began to insert his early attempts at writing stories into the main plot line I got excited because I thought this might be the vehicle which the author would use to reveal of the heart and soul of not only Gene but others in his family as well Instead these mini stories served to just pull me out of the main flow of the overall journey and in fact began to be annoying at bestI do believe it is the author's prerogative to present a coming of age story with as much imagination and humor as possible However somewhere in there we should be privy to the very real heartaches and trials a gay boy would go through on his way to adulthood Regardless of how lovely a family we have we all experience certain traumas and setbacks in our lives and Normal fails to really address these in a way as to show how they impacted and allowed the main character to grown and change This lack of reality was disappointing for me as a reader I felt I had been cheated out of the real heart of Gene's journey and give mostly the fluff of his life instead For me Normal by Stephen J Mulrooney seems incomplete and left me wanting Normal is a sweet coming of age novel but it is curiously somewhat emotionally removed and distant It is a well written story with many lovely passages that will have you sighing over the author's word choice and beautiful turn of phrase However Normal stops just short of having the impact a novel of this genre should have I am not sure that many young adults could relate to Gene's journey and that many adults might dismiss it as nice but not real

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Were it a dream it would be a most wondrous dream; but it's It's a life And I don't have to remember any of it It remembers me With these words Gene Poole Hall takes us on a beautiful coming of age journey that will leave you uestioning any preconceived impressions of the definition of normal and lead you to the conclusion that when it comes to family at the heart of the matter it's the heart that matters Gene's story begins with his adoption into an extended family that includes everything from a few drag ueens to a well respected rabbi If Gene's life is anything but normal he isn't aware of it He enjoys all the advantages of being an only child at the heart of a family of unrelated adults bonded together by mutual l Normal by Stephen J Mulrooney is anything but normal Normally in a gay fiction novel you'd find a jaded snarky narrator Normally you'd find sarcasm and meanness and humor at the expense of others Normally you would not get a happily ever after ending that just wouldn't be good literature Normally you'd find gay characters who were eually as masculine and butch as any straight character because as you know there is really no difference between gay and straight people those perceived differences are simply unfair stereotypes Normally you'd find political correctness and lots of big words you've got to look up in the dictionary or just pretend you know the definition ofNo there are none of these norms in Normal Normal is remarkably beautifully memorably ABNORMAL It's a story of a sweet adorable kid named Gene who has the most amazing family you'd ever meet He has two fathers one that he calls Mother Mother's a drag ueen and he's very motherly He rules the house with an iron fist and a heart full of love Gene's Uncle Josh a rabbi is Gene's closest confidant and he tells the most wonderful stories Gene has three siblings all also adopted And his older brother Robbie is Gene's hero He harbors a not so secret crush on him from the moment they lay eyes on each otherThis story is so magnificent I just might have to go back and read it again I laughed I cried And I kept turning the pages until sadly there were no But believe me that's the only disappointment I had with this book that it didn't go on and on I loved the writing style I loved the little stories within that Gene told He was a writer and every time something touched his heart he'd write a story about it The author used a lot of puns that made me smile and sometimes laugh right out loudReally this book was like candy to me It was such a treat and if I could give it than five stars I certainly would From a literary standpoint I'm sure plenty of the experts will have lots to bitch about but as a reader it was absolutely perfect and anything but normal Opportunities in Landscape Architecture, Botanical Gardens and Arboreta Careers life And I don't have to remember any of it It remembers me With these words Gene Poole Hall takes us on a beautiful coming of age journey that will Biofuels 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Ove and respect The core of Gene's family is Mother who is actually his biological uncle Ben Mother is a bigger than life female impersonator whose warmth and compassion has attracted the most unusual extended family you will ever meet Mother's partner Tom whom Gene calls Dad rather than Uncle Tom for obvious reasons is a Wall Street executive Gene's Uncle Josh the rabbi is Mother's life long best friend and first unreuited love interest Gene's aunts Allie and Sue whose lives are anything but a drag are famous if not infamous drag ueens from Mother's band of performers And that's just the beginning of Gene's family A sudden move to the suburbs and the unexpected addition of three new family members Chip and Dale an un This was a very enjoyable read and I can scarcely believe it is the author's first novel The language is as rich as any I've read I highlighted my favorite lines and my book is rainbow bright I loved the charactersGene Robbie Chip and Dale Mother Dad the aunts and John A happy story of love and family that is anything but normal I will be looking for from this author 21 Short Plays life female impersonator whose warmth and compassion has attracted the most unusual extended family you will ever meet Mother's partner Tom whom Gene calls Dad rather than Uncle Tom for obvious reasons is a Wall Street executive Gene's Uncle Josh the rabbi is Mother's Angel of Sudden Hill life The Complete Anchoring Handbook long best friend and first unreuited Screams and Nightmares love interest Gene's aunts Allie and Sue whose Muay Thai Unleashed lives are anything but a drag are famous if not infamous drag ueens from Mother's band of performers And that's just the beginning of Gene's family A sudden move to the suburbs and the unexpected addition of three new family members Chip and Dale an un This was a very enjoyable read and I can scarcely believe it is the author's first novel The Practical Boat Mechanics language is as rich as any I've read I highlighted my favorite Short Cycle Selling lines and my book is rainbow bright I Break the Bipolar Cycle loved the charactersGene Robbie Chip and Dale Mother Dad the aunts and John A happy story of Innovate the Pixar Way love and family that is anything but normal I will be School for Startups looking for from this author


6 thoughts on “Normal? By Stephen J. Mulrooney

  1. says:

    Normal by Stephen J Mulrooney is anything but normal Normally in a gay fiction novel you'd find a jaded snarky narrator Normally you'd find sarcasm and meanness and humor at the expense of others Normally you would not get a happily ever after ending that just wouldn't be good literature Normally you'd find gay characters who were eually as masculine and butch as any straight character because as you know there is really no difference between gay and straight people those perceived differences are simply unfair stereotypes Normally you'd find political correctness and lots of big words you've got to look up in the dictionary or just pretend you know the definition ofNo there are none of these norms in Normal Normal is remarkably beautifully memorably ABNORMAL It's a story of a sweet adorable kid named Gene who has the most amazing family you'd ever meet He has two fathers one that he calls Mother Mother's a drag ueen and he's very motherly He rules the house with an iron fist and a heart full of love Gene's Uncle Josh a rabbi is Gene's closest confidant and he tells the most wonderful stories Gene has three siblings all also adopted And his older brother Robbie is Gene's hero He harbors a not so secret crush on him from the moment they lay eyes on each otherThis story is so magnificent I just might have to go back and read it again I laughed I cried And I kept turning the pages until sadly there were no But believe me that's the only disappointment I had with this book that it didn't go on and on I loved the writing style I loved the little stories within that Gene told He was a writer and every time something touched his heart he'd write a story about it The author used a lot of puns that made me smile and sometimes laugh right out loudReally this book was like candy to me It was such a treat and if I could give it than five stars I certainly would From a literary standpoint I'm sure plenty of the experts will have lots to bitch about but as a reader it was absolutely perfect and anything but normal


  2. says:

    This was a very enjoyable read and I can scarcely believe it is the author's first novel The language is as rich as any I've read I highlighted my favorite lines and my book is rainbow bright I loved the charactersGene Robbie Chip and Dale Mother Dad the aunts and John A happy story of love and family that is anything but normal I will be looking for from this author


  3. says:

    25 starsGene is adopted by two men who have hearts with an overwhelming capacity to love Surrounding these men Ben and Tom are a core group of the most unusual characters who make up the family unit that raises not only Gene but 3 other adoptive children as well Ben a drag ueen by weekend and Mother to Gene is the sphere that essentially all the other characters in Stephen J Mulrooney's novel gravitate around His partner Tom is a uiet yet insightful father to his brood and the steadiest of anchors in a seemingly rollicking householdAlong with Tom is Uncle Josh Ben's best friend and a rabbi to boot who has seen his fair share of loss and pain but has somehow managed to remain wise and patient and so very loving Interwoven are a few close friends also drag ueens and a cast of minor characters that bring their own brand of zaniness into the mix At its heart Normal? is a coming of age novel that follows Gene from the age of ten to adulthood Along the way he nurtures a deep crush on his adoptive brother Robbie falls into his first sexual affair with an abusive and dominating friend of his brother and meets in one brief shining moment a young man who will show him what love is really all aboutThe story describes with sometimes poetic detail what it is to grow up in a household that is rife with unconditional love and support While it is a fantastical tale that finds each adoptive child also gay and seemingly no real hardships for two gay men to be raising such a brood or even adopt easily each addition to their household it manages to convey a sense of family and loyalty that is sweet in many ways In fact the author's keen sense of humor graces each page keeping even darker moments in Gene's life light and often enjoyable to readSowhy not five stars then? Well it is just this fantastical air to the novel that I felt was its ultimate downfall into a less than perfect story With each nonsensical addition to this memoir I felt myself doubting the veracity of the author Instead of understanding fully what made Gene and his family tick I found myself reading about a cast of characters that remained just that characters I wanted meat I wanted to know the hearts and minds of these people develop an affinity with them care about what would happen next in their lives Instead I found myself thinking that none of them seemed real enough for me to relate to on any level When the main character began to insert his early attempts at writing stories into the main plot line I got excited because I thought this might be the vehicle which the author would use to reveal of the heart and soul of not only Gene but others in his family as well Instead these mini stories served to just pull me out of the main flow of the overall journey and in fact began to be annoying at bestI do believe it is the author's prerogative to present a coming of age story with as much imagination and humor as possible However somewhere in there we should be privy to the very real heartaches and trials a gay boy would go through on his way to adulthood Regardless of how lovely a family we have we all experience certain traumas and setbacks in our lives and Normal? fails to really address these in a way as to show how they impacted and allowed the main character to grown and change This lack of reality was disappointing for me as a reader I felt I had been cheated out of the real heart of Gene's journey and give mostly the fluff of his life instead For me Normal? by Stephen J Mulrooney seems incomplete and left me wanting Normal? is a sweet coming of age novel but it is curiously somewhat emotionally removed and distant It is a well written story with many lovely passages that will have you sighing over the author's word choice and beautiful turn of phrase However Normal? stops just short of having the impact a novel of this genre should have I am not sure that many young adults could relate to Gene's journey and that many adults might dismiss it as nice but not real


  4. says:

    “Normal?” by promising new author Stephen J MulrooneyHe expands the reading audience beyond the LGBT community He introduces the straight readers to a world they know so little about and it is done in such a loving and caring mannerHe shares lessons regarding bullying prejudice and loyalty while handling them with extreme clarity and purposeHe raises awareness and offers understanding of the LGBT issues which are generally unknown to many straight readersThese lessons are beautifully woven into the tapestry of his novel “Normal?” which was published by his husband Jerome P Van WertStephen J Mulrooney is not only an emerging LGBT writer but he is also opening minds of the straight readers around the world The Universe is listening and doors are opening As his creative and inspirational words come forward he will reach within and beyond generations and all will embrace his messages of unconditional love and acceptance He is so worthy of your kind consideration as he begins his promising career


  5. says:

    I could give this book five stars but the fact that I have been friends with the author attended his wedding and think he and his husband are two of the greatest people I ever met would have a part in my decision Let's make it four and a halfThat being said this was a superlative first book by Stephen J Mulrooney If you are looking for meanness and evil in the world then there is plenty out there for you to read The best thing I can say about the book is the storytelling and characters are wonderful The worst thing I can say is that good triumphs over evil in most instances But is there really anything wrong with that?It is a true family values book as that term should be understood


  6. says:

    A bit boring and too perfect


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