Every once in a while we come across a book that is mind-blowing-good and you love it so much that you can’t stop thinking about and can’t even talk about it for fear of incoherent rambling.
Well, Faking Normal was this kinda book.
Faking Normal is contemporary done right. This poignant and powerful novel stands out among the recent young adult releases and is guaranteed to make you feel.
Courtney C. Steven’s weaves a moving story of two teenagers’ journey following the aftermath of a tragedy and their discovery of the power of love, hope and healing through forgiveness.
“Me: A girl who was raped. Him: A boy whose dad killed his mom.Us: A girl and boy who survive.”Alexi Littrell is an ordinary teenager who looks like she has pretty much everything together. But life is anything but normal for Alexi who’s dealing with aftermath of a betrayal and rape by someone she trusted. Bodee Lennox aka the Kool Aid Kid, is a survivor of domestic violence whose mother was murdered by his father.
Steven’s breaks free of the ‘strong/badass female protagonist’ mould and gives us a heroine who’s utterly refreshing. Don’t get me wrong Alexi is strong. After all, she is survivor a sexual abuse and she is the one who helped Bodee to seek closure and testify at his father’s trial. However, she was also human - She knew she needed Bodee’s help in order to understand what truly happened and to forgive herself. Bodee was AMAZING, guys. He’s unlike any other male hero in YA. His sensitivity, wisdom and kindness will have you falling irrevocably in love with him. The romance was the best kind - sweet and slow. Watching Alexi and Bodee fall for each other was simply beautiful.
Faking Normal would not be same without Steven’s powerful writing. The captivating prose and mystery element make Faking Normal one hell of a compelling read.
Courtney C. Steven masterfully tackles the sensitive subject of rape and courageously challenges the common misconceptions in rape culture in this debut. Courtney C. Steven’s heartbreaking and heart-warming debut Faking Normal will without doubt leave a mark on readers.
MY FAVORITE LINE:
“There are no words to this music, and that makes me sad. Every song deserves lyrics. Deserves a story to tell.”AND THIS ONE:
“And more than that, Bodee left me with hope. For love. For wanting someone to touch me again and to lie with me without fear as my first response. Because Bodee slept in his sneakers, because Bodee asked for a kiss instead of just taking it, and because he kept space between us. He danced with two fingers until I asked for three or four... and his hand on my hip.I know we're both still broken. Both of us. But Bodee's got the glue to make us whole. He is love.”I SWEAR THIS IS THE LAST ONE:
“But today is better than yesterday. And this hurt is still a hole in me, but it's a shrinking hole.”
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