May 29, 2015

Title: Some Kind of Normal
Author: Juliana Stone
Published: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: young adult contemporary

Synopsis: What is Normal?

For Trevor normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves Trevor with no band, no teammates and no chance of graduating. It’s kinda hard to ace your finals when you’ve been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor—those beautiful blue eyes catching every last flaw.

For Everly normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor’s daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed.

**I received an advance copy from the publisher,
but that did not influence my review**

4 stars I love me some damaged goods, and this synopsis told me Some Kind of Normal would be chock full. This was a sweet love story, yet the characters had to overcome such hard obstacles to find their happiness.

Trevor was living a secret life, hiding behind the person he used to be. All the while he was trying to figure out how to deal with each day. He had an image, one that didn’t really fit him quite like before and it was such a great journey to see him learn to be comfortable in his new skin. He was a really good person and had way too much on his plate for a 17 year old. His heart won me over though, right from the beginning,

Everly was the good girl, and she was more than ok with it. Just because her friends were trying new things, she didn’t feel pressured to do the same. So refreshing. She was strong enough to be true to herself and I loved that. However, she was starting to feel lonely and betrayed because of the secrets her family had…so while Trevor and Everly were figuring things out I could feel her heartache.

The romance was all about epic kisses. The kind that make me remember why I love YA books that are done right.

Secrets. I love them. While I guessed what Everly’s father was probably up to, I didn’t know the half of it…and while it wasn’t as scandalous as I thought it sounded originally, I did enjoy how Everly worked through it emotionally…because that was real…her conflict, her hurt, even her guilt. Very well done.

The chapters sometimes ended in a fade to black feeling which left me sometimes wanting more. Just because Trevor and Everly hung out at the water…well, I wanted to know all the details of their day up until the very bitter end. How did they get home? What was goodbye like? Yes, I’m a greedy reader and wanted to know every last word.

Rec this? Yes! It was a sweet coming of age book that touched me. If you love characters that have to work on overcoming hardships and end up falling in love at the same time, this is a great addition for your TBR!

Happy reading!

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