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It is rare to get this perspective in a YA story but I feel it is so important and a necessary piece for young people to see, those dealing with mental illness or not. Doller did a fantastic job of creating a story that is sympathetic but not preachy and allowed for a great journey as Travis continues to grow and learn as he begins to heal. I could not recommend this novel more! I really am so grateful that Andi allowed me to read and review it.

I really suggest this story for anyone serving teens teachers, librarians, counselors , those struggling with mental illness and especially those who do not feel like they see themselves in what they read. We need more stories like this and I hope Something Like Normal is the catalyst for more amazing stories like it! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.


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His sense of humor, sense of his own strength, and incredible sense of honor make Travis an irresistible and eminently lovable hero in this fantastic and timely debut novel. I just stumbled upon this book over Thanksgiving break and the description completely had me wanting this book NOW!! Releases in from Simon Pulse! Come by and check it out and comment your thoughts!!!


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    I like it! The book sounds interesting!

    I have to check it out sometime. Great choice!

    Thank you for sharing! I have seen this around and it looks soo good, the cover looks really awesome as well.

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    I mean, girls were always gossiping but it wasn't like the whole school knew everything, only your classmates. Anyway, I enjoyed your review, Flann, and I most definitely cried! But I was really annoyed by his brother and his ex and his horrible dad. I don't know, I went to all girls school as well and I knew of several girls who had awful reputations and I really have no clue at all whether some of them were deserved.

    A LOT of the stories were disgusting and probably exaggerated and I still remember them 10 years later. That's the thing that got to me a bit--in that situation,if I knew who started all those rumors about me, I don't think I could ever date them, like, ever. You sucker, I knew you'd cry:.

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    Personally, I'm hoping for a companion novel set a couple of years in the future told from Harper's perspective. Wouldn't that be the best? Ideally, it would be about her and Travis not making it in the long run. I do totally get what you're saying about how odd it seemed that she made that choice, and normally I would be right there with you, but there was something about it that felt authentic to me.

    I think to some level, that was just something that she felt she needed to do. Like it was cathartic somehow. I don't see them lasting as a couple, because I don't know that they have a firm foundation. Plus, she's going to go off to college, and meet lots of nicer guys, perhaps with similar interests. I'd love to read that book from Harper's perspective.

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    Truly, I'm glad to hear that there are other readers who see them not making it. I think what they had was great in that it helped Travis deal but I think she was much more present for him than he was for her. That's what conflicted me a bit, how authentic most of it feels. I was talking to some people about it last night and presented it as a non-book-related hypothetical. People were torn about what seemed realistic.

    In some ways, I want to just say, "Well, maybe she knew what she was doing. Maybe she knew that nothing would come of this.

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    I will have to find and read this snippet, though I am wondering if maybe I shouldn't. Gosh, after I read this review the first time I was feeling all confident about giving it a pass but then after reading these comments I'm torn again! What you wrote does make the whole scenario sound really unrealistic.

    But then again, I do love stories about forgiveness, even when it's not deserved. Also you know how I love the unresolved endings. If it's left open about whether they'll stay together or not I would probably love that. Your review cracked me up as always though. I love how your thoughts flow from one thing to another. I always smile when I'm reading your reviews. I'm skeptical.