Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Faking Normal

Title: Faking Normal
Author: Courtney C. Stevens
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 25th 2014
Genre: Contemporary 
Pages: 321

Faking Normal follows the story of Alexi Littrell who refuses to tell anyone what happened to her over the summer. Alexi does her best to seem normal and copes by hiding in her closet and scratching the back of her neck. Then, Bodee Lennox comes to live with her family and she discovers a new friend who starts to help her realize that what happened to her is not her fault. Bodee starts to help Alexi heal herself and see that not everybody is going to take from you.
Contemporary novels used to be my favorite, but for some reason in the past year I have struggled to find many that speak to me the way one should. Faking Normal is the type of contemporary novel I have always loved. This is one of the books that you will pick up and by the time you put it down their will be a moment where you just sit and digest everything you have just read because I swear that this book will speak to you.
Faking Normal is one of those books that even if you cannot relate to the specific event in the book you can relate to the emotions. Everyone goes through some type of pain in their life where they bottle it up inside of themselves. In the book Alexi keeps her story to herself and pretends to act normal as a result she thinks there is something wrong with herself. This book made me feel for Alexi but it also made me feel for myself and in my opinion that is what makes an excellent contemporary read.
Courtney C. Stevens has one of those easy flowing writing voices. Her writing flowed from one page to the next and I never felt like there was a stall or dull point in the text. She wrote with a beautiful simplicity that was filled with a lot of emotion.Stevens was also fantastic at creating characters. Alexi and Bodee were perfect together and as individuals. Alexi is a character that you can really relate to and Bodee is the perfect remedy for a broken soul. I sure hope there is a Bodee out there for every girl.
When you combine the writing, characters, emotions, and message this becomes the perfect contemporary read. Courtney C. Stevens is a new YA author to look out for.
Faking Normal is the next book you should read.

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