Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens [Review]

Faking Normal

4 out of 5 Robots!

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: February 25, 2014
Hardcover: 336 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
In edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I put this book off for awhile because I generally steer clear of "issue books", but I finally delved into it and was so glad I did.  Yes, it was emotional and at times hard to read.  But I thought the friendship that develops between Alexi (Lex) and Bodee was sweet.  

Here is what I liked:
**As I mentioned, I loved the slow progression of Lex and Bodee's relationship.  They start out as almost complete strangers, but are drawn together when they recognize the hidden pain and the effort of "faking normal" in each other. 

**I liked the characters at lot.  They seemed real to me.  No one was perfect, but they all had their good moments too.  And no one was completely bad either (with the exception of Bodee's dad).  I liked the complicated nature of everyone's friendships and relationships. 

**I also liked the way Lex's anxiety was handled.  I also thought it was realistic.  And I appreciated how we were taken through the process of her trying to have a normal life.

**As hard and frustrating as it was to see Lex not being able to stand up for herself, I appreciated her journey and the payoff at the end is immensely satisfying.

Here is what I didn't like:
**I didn't dislike like this per se, but it was very frustrating that Lex couldn't and wouldn't say no to situations she didn't want to be in.  She let things happen to her that she didn't want, but she never said no.  She beats herself up a fair amount over this and it was heart wrenching to read.

**The book seems to drag on a bit. It felt a little drawn out, especially once you figure out what is going on.  

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  I had reservations going into it, but I ended up really liking it.  I liked the characters and their journeys towards healing.  I recommend checking this book out!

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment :

  1. I only read Contemporary if it is a review book, and most of them have been about "issues." I tend to do better with those, so maybe if I get a break from "have to reads" I can sneak this one in. Thanks for the review.



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