A new kind of teen/YA romance that focuses on those changes before heading off to university Juliana Stone has created a great read with heart and plenty of food for thought.
Some Kind of Normal
Life is difficult when everybody knows your pain. But how much worse is it to hide your shame?
Trevor and Emily are both struggling with changes that are coming with the end of high school and the start of college. Told in first person alternating points of view, this story of broken dreams and shattered illusions is a fast paced, emotional read that will have you glued to every page.
Trevor was the all-around boy: football playing, guitar riffing party animal, everything was moving along well until a car accident left him near death and in a coma. Now, recovering from the worst of the physical injuries, he is still dealing with brain injury: loss of memory, concentration, coordination and anger management. He just wants to be normal: or as normal as he is capable of being after losing what he feels is everything that defines him: football team, friends, and the chance to graduate.
Everly has the perfect life and family – or so everyone thinks. She’s got huge issues with her best friend leaving town, and a secret that only she knows and can’t figure out how to deal with it. Home isn’t anywhere she wants to be, and the only option is to be a tutor for Trevor, helping him to bring his grades up to graduate. She’s counting the days until she can leave for college, and biting her tongue with Trevor: someone she never really liked at all.
These two slowly reveal their stories: Trevor’s is full of self-pity and lost dreams, frustrations with what he’s unable to do, and the regrets that he has. Never been a particular fan of Everly, but he is more afraid of her disliking him and not wanting to deal with the ‘new’ version, than an active dislike.
Everly is busily holding a happy face, hiding her worries and concerns. She’s the first to realize that Trevor isn’t the bull-headed oaf of a football jock she thought he was, and he’s realizing that she isn’t always the cheery chirpy preacher’s kid. When their similarities number more than their differences, the sparks start to fly. Trevor is determined to treat Everly differently from the other girls in his past, and with a few missteps and mistakes their bond grows significantly, and they are able to support one another when real problems crop up.
Stone used character voices and the slow development of the trust between the two, with solid interior voices and a series of difficult issues to show the complications and difficulties that arise as adulthood and hard choices approach. Whether using a moment of high drama or a simple forgotten item, this story is gripping, with the climax arriving when Everly’s secret comes clear. Presenting issues, solutions and resolutions bring each element full circle and leaves readers satisfied and smiling.
Title: Some Kind of Normal
Author: Juliana Stone
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Teen Reads
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Published on: 1 May 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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What is Normal?
For Trevor normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves Trevor with no band, no teammates and no chance of graduating. It's kinda hard to ace your finals when you've been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor—those beautiful blue eyes catching every last flaw.
For Everly normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor's daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.