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  • Most Americans ignore the fact that a third of the country’s public schools are totally dysfunctional (because their children go to the other two-thirds).
    Fareed Zakaria  --  The Post-American World (2008)
  • And we’re a bit less dysfunctional without Lev."
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • A dysfunctional family, but ….
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He leans over me and puts his big hands on the arms of the chair and he says, "Now, your grandparents say you’re nothing but a dysfunctional retard, but no kin of mine is a retard, and that’s a fact.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty

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  • When these basic deficits that burden all children are combined with the environments that some poor children experience—environments marked by abuse, violence, dysfunction, neglect, and the absence of loving caretakers—adolescence can leave kids vulnerable to the sort of extremely poor decision making that results in tragic violence.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He was on the national registry, of course, and because of his age and condition almost at the top of the list, but the dysfunction had accelerated, and the doctors now told them that he was in real danger, that it was coming down to a matter of months, if a suitable donor wasn’t located.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • And after spending time with the dysfunctional Cole family, it seemed more important still.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • People grumbling about their hopeless governments, about the elemental and irreversible dysfunction of their countries.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Ultimately, you may experience similar brain dysfunction to a stroke and begin to lose mental capacity as well.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • What do you think about this for a band name: A Reptile Dysfunction?
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin

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  • Your Honor, while no direct corroboration has yet been made, the minor has an established pattern of extreme dysfunctional behavior.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • He developed liver dysfunction, high blood pressure, back pains, chest pains.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Some suspend-your-disbelief fiction about how picture-perfect life was at home, forget the whole dysfunctional truth about Dad’s alcohol-fueled tirades?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • The image that was emerging revealed a family that was socially and financially successful, but in all the more ordinary aspects was quite clearly dysfunctional.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Bernie Goetz and those four thugs on the subway were, in this sense, prisoners of their own, dysfunctional, world.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • And she believes that toxic injection of live bovine virus marked the beginning of Christa’s brain dysfunction.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He was also required to report any computer dysfunction to Level I command, should that unlikely event occur.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • It’s so dysfunctional.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • There is, in fact, no form of dysfunctional family or no personal disintegration of character for which there is not a Greek or Roman model.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • There was so much around me that shouted "poor" or "dysfunctional" that going to a Catholic school combated that negativity a little.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • Everybody loves their momma—there is nothing even remotely unique in that even in this dysfunctional world we live in.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • This is getting a little dysfunctional, even for me.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • Our family puts the "dys" in dysfunctional.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Of all my dysfunctional behaviors, she hates me putting empty containers back where they don’t belong.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • It was not epilepsy and the doctors insisted that there was no physical dysfunction responsible for those symptoms.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • One of her book clients, a New Age psychotherapist, saw voluntary silence as a "wonderful process," and decided he would engage in the same so they could include their findings in a chapter on either dysfunctional family dynamics or stillness as therapy.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • A surprisingly dysfunctional space.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • It is poor, often politically dysfunctional, with tremendous uncertainties ahead of it.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Everything else on TV nowadays is dysfunctional and for the most part has been that way for forty years.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • I don’t even think this is a relationship, it’s so dysfunctional.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • As far as we can determine at the moment, it was a case of deep antagonism in a tragically dysfunctional family.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • The NFL was loaded with players who had mined a loveless, dysfunctional childhood for sensational acts of violence.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • I was also plucked right out of the damaged world as a child …. my parents were severely dysfunctional people who were both taken to prison when I was young.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Drawing further from my past, as I began working with adults who specialized with youth at risk, I offered reasons why some children who come from dysfunctional backgrounds react as they do and possible ideas to turn troubled kids around.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • The discovery disturbed him, because this expectation that the end of all things loomed was profoundly dysfunctional and antisocial, an illness from which he himself was only beginning to recover with great difficulty, and he feared for a society in which such gloom was widespread.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • My new friends in the Secret Brotherhood of Dysfunctional Dog Owners had helped us more than they ever would know.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • These days we’d give it a label, a dysfunctional something or other, but James probably only saw it as a problem in our approach to child rearing or a psychic neediness in young women whom society disregards and discards.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Her family had been categorised as dysfunctional, and she had no relatives who could look after her welfare, so it was decided that Lisbeth Salander should be released from the psychiatric clinic for children in Uppsala and eased back into society by way of a foster family.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "Divorced people who suffer depression and complain of cognitive dysfunction may be expressing the loss of their external memory systems," he writes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • This place in which Michael would grow up over the next five years was, by 1996, a portrait of social dysfunction.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • He’d done it in spite of presiding over what had to be one of America’s most dysfunctional football teams.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • It claimed that a striking portion of convicted serial killers came from dysfunctional homes and tortured animals in their childhood.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "Talk about a dysfunctional family," Blomkvist said.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Over on Ponce de Leon, a dysfunctional parade of crack dealers, emaciated prostitutes and transvestite party boys remind you that you live in a big city, but there are crickets at night in the summertime.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Besides continuing difficulties with her leg, she had endured for some years a pattern of ailments which — as with so many hibakusha — might or might not have been attributable to the bomb: liver dysfunction, night sweats and morning fevers, borderline angina, blood spots on her legs, and signs in blood tests of a rheumatoid factor.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • "Pakistan’s dysfunctional educational system made advancing Wahhabi doctrine a simple matter of economics.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • …would, of course, take much longer to tell what, if any, effects there would be on their progeny.) There were several ailments, less life-threatening than the cancers, that were thought by many doctors — and by most of the people who were subject to them — to have resulted from exposure to the bomb: several sorts of anemia, liver dysfunction, sexual problems, endocrine disorders, accelerated aging, and the not-quite-really-sick yet undeniable debilitation of which so many complained.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
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