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Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

November 11, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

In honor of Veterans Day in the United States.

Something Like Normal
by Trish Doller

Something Like Normal

By: Trish Doller

Release Date: June 19, 2012

Rating: 4.5 stars

Summary: When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

 

Review: This book was so great because it was so… well, normal.

Stories about veterans hold a special place in my heart, and it’s nice to see a book that shows what it’s like for so many men and women who give up so much so we don’t have to. This book was such a fictionally accurate perception of what so many go through after going off to war – not only with post traumatic stress but also with broken families and broken relationships.

The thing I liked most about this book is it tugged on your heart without over-dramatizing everything. I didn’t find myself just rushing through the pages to find out what happens next. But that was exactly the purpose of it – was to leisurely go through it and let everything sink in. And that’s what made this book so great – the fact that bad things are happening but it’s not TOO dramatic that it’s unbelievable.

I’m very impressed at Doller’s ability to write in the voice of a young adult male who’s gone through so much but gives him the perfect stoic personality yet has his breaking point for his breakdown. He makes some bad choices and some good choices but grows as a person along the way.

And incredible job by Doller on her debut.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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