Fifteen-year-old Stacy questions the strange world of high school, love, her role in a harsh universe, and life, in Normalish. People tell you high school's so great and wonderful, but they're lying. It's mostly horrible and full of disappointment. It sucks. Your best friend abandons you. The jerk you're in love with pretends to be into you, and then the big dump. The boy you've really clicked with as a friend decides to go all crushy over you, so you break his heart just like yours was -- smashed into little pieces. Your sister goes mental, and you get involved with a guy who’s even crazier than she is (who you know is a very bad idea, but you do it anyway). Math only adds another stink of failure to the whole thing. High school blows. Just ask freshman Stacy. She’d want you to know.
When I started this book I wasn't feeling it much, yeah a girl starting HS and oh her Best friend, who is a guy, turns out to like you more than a friend but your to blind to see it & break his heart. But then....IT SURPRISED ME! In so many good ways. At first i wasn't a fan of the writing because it's all in diary entries so you don't see much of the character but after a few "chapters" I loved it and it actually made the book more interesting, especially with the chapter titles :)
“Just when it seems like you have things figured out, something like this happens-something so completely unexpected-comes along”There are a LOT of things that happen to Stacy, like her sister going nuts, her crush breaking her heart, backstabbing best friends, and loving a crazy person. Yeah, not normal. I liked that she was a thinker, she was like:
“Normal" is all about perception. I mean, isn't "normal" what the majority of people do?”She acted like a REAL teenager who had to deal with a LOT of sh*t. Actually most of the characters seemed like people i met in HS (weird but true) and i could connect to there struggles. I felt weird about Chad, he was nice but he gave me weird signals just. I LOVED Bobby, the mental ward patient whom has tattoos, is sweet, yet has some issues and GOD!!!!! His tiny part in the story made me love him SO MUCH and broke my heart for Stacy.
"Really how many girls out there can say ther're in love with a guy in apsych ward who's on a seventy-two hour-hold because he tried to kill himself?"Yeah, there were parts of this book that were intense and "OH MU GOD, WHAT the HECK!?"; I think i had to stop reading to digest what had just happened in parts of the book. It's a story of a girl going through a lot of HS things that do actually happen (well to someone in the world) and how she deals with it (or tries). Overall, this was a really quick and enjoyable read, full of REAL characters and believable situations! It has it moments of brilliance but you can relate because who hasn't wanted to fit in and be normal? Right. 4/5 CRAZY STARS!
A Great quick and enjoyable read! It will explode at times and at times it'll flicker but it will AMAZE you :)
About the Author:
California girl Margaret Lesh lives with her husband Steve and son Andrew in a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. Co-creator of StoryRhyme.com, she writes middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about baked goods, especially donuts, far too often. She believes tacos are magic.Find and Follow her on: Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Website
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