Normal Sucks

How to Live, Learn, and Thrive, Outside the Lines
Narrated by: Jonathan Mooney
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
4.8 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

Confessional and often hilarious, in Normal Sucks, a neuro-diverse writer, advocate, and father meditates on his life, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed.

Jonathan Mooney blends anecdote, expertise, and memoir to present a new mode of thinking about how we live and learn - individually, uniquely, and with advantages and upshots to every type of brain and body. As a neuro-diverse kid diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD who didn't learn to read until he was 12, the realization that that he wasn’t the problem - the system and the concept of normal were - saved Mooney’s life and fundamentally changed his outlook. Here he explores the toll that being not normal takes on kids and adults when they’re trapped in environments that label them, shame them, and tell them, even in subtle ways, that they are the problem. But, he argues, if we can reorient the ways in which we think about diversity, abilities, and disabilities, we can start a revolution. 

A highly sought-after public speaker, Mooney has been inspiring audiences with his story and his message for nearly two decades. Now he’s ready to share what he’s learned from parents, educators, researchers, and kids in a book that is as much a survival guide as it is a call to action. Whip-smart, insightful, and utterly inspiring - and movingly framed as a letter to his own young sons, as they work to find their ways in the world - this audiobook will upend what we call normal and empower us all.  

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©2019 Jonathan Mooney (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Beautiful

I don’t normally take the time to write reviews, but this one deserves an emphatic 5 star recommendation! Hilarious, relatable, heart-warming, tear-jerking at times, and deeply thought provoking, this book is for anyone. It will inspire you to be a better human in the truest sense of the word.

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Great story...very strong message

I'm not a person who did have any deficiencies as described in this book but I found the story to be a great story that many like myself should hear and take to heart. Growing up I tended to be one who protected other kids who were picked on and treated different. I wasnt a popular person in school but I was one who nobody wanted to mess with. I couldn't tell you then why I did what I did, but even then I knew somehow that kids who were different or thought to be different all had their own traits and personalities that made them rockstars in my mind. A great book and i thoroughly enjoyed it!!!

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wonderful read

one of the best books I've read in a long time this book should be a required read in our public education system

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Excellent Read/Listen

Normal... what is it, who decides it, why do we strive to be it, and does it even exist at all? Jonathan Mooney challenges us all to look at each other differently, to value each other differently.... to celebrate our differences because after all they really are a wonder to behold not a problem to overcome.

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Everyone Needs This Book

This book is incredible. Every parent, teacher, doctor and human needs to read or listen to this book. As the mom to a Dyslexic child and wife to s Dyslexic husband I know all too well their daily struggles. Public education has to evolve to incorporate all abilities and this book is testament to that. I know how cruel the word Normal is and Jonathan is right, Normal Sucks. This book doesn't suck, read it.

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One of a kind- inspiring

I read this book because my 10 year old sister listened to it and absolutely loved it. She said that she could relate to this book and it showed her a new perspective. I read it doubting I would feel the same way. This is the most inspiring book I have ever read and learned so much about facing challenges and being your best self. I found a new perspective through this book and can not wait to see what else I learn. Definitely recommended.

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Highly inspirational!

Jonathan struggles to read and writing and yet he narrated his own book! I loved the content, the message, and have so many things to think about now!

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love this book - everyone should read!

This book should be required reading for everyone. we often forget that in our striving for normalcy, we are undervaluing our differences. This is a well-written, easy to understand, and important read for anyone who has ever struggled to see how they fit into a world that wants to reject them out of fear.

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This book is the definition of "Must Read"

Wish that I could thank Jonathan Mooney in person. His research and words brought my mind "to its knees" a few times. Well, I hope Mr. Mooney reads this review because I want to do the following: 1. Thank you for opening your experience to me. 2. Thank you for giving of your time to give the history of "normal" and "biodiversity." One critique though: Chapter 8 should have a warning label that reads: Kleenex box prerequisite. The tears had a healing effect, Mr. Mooney.

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What a ride!

This book will take you on a historically enlightening, philosophically challenging, emotional ride that will stay with you for the rest of your life. If you have children this book is essential.

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  • 08-30-20

N. Martínez

Brilliant, Inspiring and so much truth!! I wish everyone would read this. Everyone needs to read this!! I couldn’t put it down and ended up listening to the whole book in one go. Thank you for writing this Jonathan Mooney and please don’t stop writing and speaking

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  • 06-17-20

loved it

brilliant follow j.m his books speeches his my voice Inspired me from the 1st time

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  • 10-13-19

Absolutely revolutionary

Loved it start to finish, painfully eye-opening, brilliant author's narration adds authenticity&very personal, strong effect.