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Review: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Monday, June 18, 2012
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
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Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 224 pages
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
Buy It: Powell's


When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

Why Something Like Normal is one of my favorite contemporaries this year:

Reading from Travis' point of view was my favorite part of the story. To start off, Travis is not perfect, which makes him an incredible character to read from. Travis has recently returned home from Afghanistan and he is continually haunted by the events there. Returning home, Travis seems to have unknowingly matured and has begun to look at life a bit harsher. Before flying over seas, Travis was... to put it lightly, not the kindest person in high school. He was the big shot, the one almost every girl wanted. ALMOST every girl.

Harper definitely knows how to make an impression. She's sweet and caring while also having an edgier side. Travis and Harper have a history that go way back. A history that earned Travis a punch in the face. Harper is a character that feels real with all of her realistic qualities. Even with her rough history with Travis, Harper is the one that slowly helps him move forward with his life and makes him realize the change in himself.

There was so much angst. As beautifully as they came together, the start was rough. It was one of those slow building relationships that I've started to love. The relationship created between Travis and Harper is one of the most well written and believable stories I have read so far. The two balance each other while making the other a better person. They just fit perfectly together with all of their flaws and problems.

Not only were there amazing characters and a well crafted relationship, but there was also the story of family. There was so much in this story and I loved every moment of it. One thing I will always remember is the strong and moving voice. Something Like Normal has just became one of my favorite contemporaries this year. This is an amazing debut from Trish Doll and I can't wait to read more.

I highly, HIGHLY reccomend picking up Something Like Normal.
Overall: 5 out of 5

Book Haul (4)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I was only joking last week about filming downtown, but there were a bunch of positive feedback from the idea that I actually did. I am also officially on summer vacation! I also talk a bit about doing a new feature that I've notice Confessions of a Vi3tBabe do, which is Books in a Minute.

Won: (Thank you to Pam from
Awkward by Marni Bates

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Partials by Dan Wells
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Armchair BEA: Day 5 - Ask The Experts

Friday, June 8, 2012
Design credit: Nina of Nina Reads.
It is sadly the last day of Armchair BEA. Thank you to everyone who made Armchair BEA a success.

I haven't been blogging for too long, but some advice I should be taking myself are:

1) Takeing notes or review right after finishing a book. My To-Review list continues to grow! It's starting to become overwhelming.

2) It doesn't hurt to plan! I walked head first into blogging and it's starting to cost me on those small things I could have done before I started. An example could have been deciding on a blog name, or setting up a blog first, or even understanding what book blogging actually is. I really wished I thought of all of this earlier.

3) School work first! To all the other students out there, I feel your pain, but don't foget to put school first!


Are you participating in Armchair BEA? Feel free to leave a link with your comment so I can visit!
I would love to hear more advice if you'd like to share them in the comments below.

Armchair BEA: Day 2 - Best of 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

It is now BookExpo America (BEA) week! Since I won't be attending the actual event 
I'm participating in Armchair BEA. For more information, visit Armchair BEA

The books below are all 2012 releases that I've read so far.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  3. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
  4. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
  5. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
  6. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  7. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  8. The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting
  9. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  10. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Are you participating in Armchair BEA? Feel free to leave a link with your comment so I can visit!
Image: Nina @ Nina Reads

Armchair BEA: Day 1 - Introductions

Sunday, June 3, 2012

It is now BookExpo America (BEA) week! Since I won't be attending the actual event 
I'm participating in Armchair BEA. For more information, visit Armchair BEA

1. Who are you?
  • Name: Vy (pronounced just like the letter "V")
  • YA book blogger
  • High School Student
  • Lives in the lovely state of Oregon
  • Favorite Genres: High Fantasy, Paranormal, and Historical Fiction
  • Enjoys being emotionally damaged while watching The Vampire Diaries
2. What are you currently reading?

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

3. What literary location would you most like to visit?

St. Vladimir’s Academy from The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. It's where all the cool vampires go. 

4. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be?

Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Why? Just because.

5. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging?

YES! Before I started blogging I was only reading paranormal, but now thanks to 
everyone's recommendations I've widened my reading preferences.

Design credit: Nina of Nina Reads.
Are you participating in Armchair BEA? Feel free to leave a link with your comment so I can visit!

Book Haul (3)

No video this week! As fun as it is to see our cafe remodeled and stuff 
the clean up bites. Maybe I'll start shooting vlogs while I'm downtown. 

Thank you Strange Chemistry!

Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke


 Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
In Honor by Jessi Kirby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Immortal City by Scott Speare
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