A Pain Less Ordinary

Narrated by: Courtney Parker
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Becca's life is anything but ordinary. At 15, she's already experienced her share of pain. With a mom who drinks too much, a revolving door of father figures, and struggles at school, Becca wonders if she'll ever have a chance at a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane is her little sister, Chloe; that is, until her mother's breakdown leads to her sister's disappearance.

A Pain Less Ordinary follows Becca as she figures out life on her own while searching for her family and her new role in the world. In this powerfully moving novel, L.V. Pires explores Becca's struggle with abandonment, drug abuse, homelessness, relationships, and how pain connects her to others.

©2017 L.V. Pires (P)2018 L.V. Pires

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5 Stars!!

"Pain is sometimes temporary. Sometimes it lasts a lifetime. The past can haunt for a night and then just as easily vanish in the day. It can hide for years and return when you least expect it. It can kill you, and it can save you." I would recommend this book to everybody who works with teenagers but also young adults. It's a great story with so much meaning and emotion. Awesome narration, too.

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  • 02-13-20

Sweet and Sad

Such an important book for this day and age. Teens will relate. Wonderful writing. I felt like I was there going through it with her. This story will stay with me for a long time.

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Powerful Read

This is a remarkable book! I'm so glad I shared it with my book club. We had a great discussion about what Becca goes through and how it relates to what we're seeing in the world today. Excellent writing and narration.

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Kids Could Relate

I think this book should be taught in schools. It's more up to date with what's going on in the world right now. Pretty sad, too. It's like a modern-day Outsiders.

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Heartbreaking!

I tried not to cry but couldn't hold back the tears. So good, and made me think about all the struggling kids out there, especially now when things seem so rough everywhere.

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Wow! So Good!

I loved the writing of this story. Becca's pain is anything but ordinary. There are so many things she goes through. Her mom is horrible and had me so angry and then there's her little sister, Chloe, who is just a pawn in this whole mess. Her situation was so tragic. I had to fight back tears. Really good stuff. I look forward to listening to more of L.V. Pires' work.

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  • 02-12-20

An Amazing Story

This story reminds me of how hard the world can be right now. Becca is a struggling teen with an absent mom and an abusive stepdad. She just wants to fit in and take care of her little sister, Chloe, but everything is made harder by her family situation. I really enjoyed listening to this and hoping everything would work out for the best for this family.

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  • 05-29-18

Very dramatic

This was quite short and felt a bit more like a short story or novella. For that reason it started right into the story without a huge
build up. Becca has so much to deal with, unsupportive parent figures and difficulties at school. But when her mum disappears with her little sister Chloe, she tries to fight back and fix her life. Through the book she gets stronger and learns to cope.
I felt a lot of sympathy for Becca and the things she goes through are heartbreaking at times. I was a bit confused by Becca's mum, she sounded very protective of her at first, when she was younger, but then seems extremely neglectful and uncaring in the present. Also I was really expecting the headaches to have some significance to the story as they are mentioned a lot.
The reading was a bit too dramatic for a story like this and made it feel too tense, even when nothing much was happening.