Original Publication Date: February 25th 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Genre(s): Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
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Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.
When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.
Faking Normal is not what I expected at all. Going into it blindly, my expectations weren't very high, but what I found was a tale of friendship, love and pain told in a beautiful and poignant tone.
Alexi and Bodee are two teenagers that are worlds apart. (Or so they think.) Alexi, a happy and well-rounded student with a fear of intimacy. Bodee, the school loser/loner. However, after two tragic events, everything starts to change and they become all each other needs.
I loved both Alexi and Bodee. Stevens has created two very believable characters, each with their own voice and personality. It suffices to say that I think they're the perfect characters to tell the story. I don't think I would've loved the book as much as I did if it had any other protagonists.
The secondary characters in this novel (mainly Alexi's family members and friends), are very well-written and, again, I don't think this novel would have been the same without them.
The pace and the advancement of the story fit together hand in hand and all of the writing felt very smooth and very well thought out.
I really enjoyed the relationship development between Alexi and Bodee. It wasn't insta-love and it felt very realistic given the circumstances. I will ship them forever.
Stevens' writing is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, and I can't wait to read more from Courtney in the future.
Overall, Courtney C. Stevens' debut novel is a book so beautiful that it makes me wish I re-did my ratings (which I don't do unless it's after a re-read), however, today I would give this book 5 stars and tell you to GO AND READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! I'm definitely going to have to treat myself to a copy all of my own in the future.
If you've read Faking Normal, what did you think of it? If you haven't read Faking Normal, why? What is wrong with you?! Go and read it now and then report back.
Until next time,