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