I received an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Some Kind of Normal
Author: Juliana Stone
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Some Kind of Normal is a beautiful contemporary novel that will definitely bring out the feels. It has alternating perspectives, plot twits and secrecy. This book will keep you guessing.
One of the features I really enjoyed in Some Kind of Normal is the alternating perspectives. I am a huge fan of books that have multiple narrators because I feel like it gives the book a deeper meaning. In this particular book, the different points of view are helpful, because you can learn the totally different emotions that both of the main characters are feeling. I think that this adds a layer to the story that makes the book its own.
If you have read my review of An Abundance of Katherines, you know that I am tired of sad books. Yes, Some Kind of Normal is one of those pretty gloomy contemporary novels, but I enjoyed this one. I loved the element of mystery and all of the tension and suspense! There were a few really cute parts in this book that distracted me from the traumatic experiences of the main characters, however, which I appreciated. These components combined make this book a real page-turner!
Anyone who has read and enjoyed All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is encouraged to read Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone. The two books are similar in that they tell the story of damaged teens who help each other through rough times. Some Kind of Normal is a fast-paced story that will engage and entertain its readers.