Saturday, 16 August 2014

Novella Review - The Blue-Haired Boy by Courtney C. Stevens

Series: Faking Normal #0.5
Original Publication Date: March 4th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre(s): Contemporary, Short Stories, Realistic
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Pages: 71
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Set before the events of Courtney C. Stevens' debut novel, Faking Normal, this digital short story focuses on Bodee Lennox, otherwise known as the Kool-Aid Kid.
Bodee Lennox has secrets. About where he got the four-inch scar on his leg. About the bruises on his back. About what it's really like to live in the Lennox household. These are things he doesn't share with anyone ... until he meets Gerry, a girl with bright-green hair and a smile the size of Alaska. When Gerry falls out of a bus in Rickman, Tennessee, and lands at Bodee's feet, she gives Bodee two things he desperately needs: a friend and a chance to leave Rickman behind, even if it's just for a few hours.
He joins Gerry on her epic bus trip for as far as his money will take him. And by the end of the day, more of Bodee has changed than just the color of his hair.

If you are thinking of reading Faking Normal, do not read this before. In my opinion, it will ruin a large part of the story for you.

I absolutely loved this novella! I'm not big on novella's, and I don't read everyone from the series I'm reading, I just will read one if I fee like it. However, I'm so, so glad I read this one - it was absolute perfection.

I loved Bodee in this story, especially knowing what I know from reading Faking Normal. He was just the cutest and I think he might be one of my favourite characters from a standalone ever - he's just that good.

Gerry was an interesting character too, and I liked her personality and hearing about her journey.

This is a very short story, but that doesn't mean that the plot is lacking. It's very rich and full of information and overall it's very enjoyable. The pacing is lovely - not too fast and not too slow, and in all honesty, I just loved everything about this novella.

Again, I loved Courtney's writing and I highly recommend this to anyone who's read Faking Normal.

What is your favourite novella?

Until next time,


  1. All of the above! I agree that it should be read after; reading it before would take away some of the mystery that's unraveled in Faking Normal.

    1. Yes, definitely! I'm so glad we love Faking Normal! I don't know anyone else who has read it yet.


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