Faking Normalby Courtney C. Stevens (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Harper Collins, HarperCollins on 2014-02-25
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Girls & Women, Sexual Abuse, Social Issues, Young Adult
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An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.
Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.
When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.
A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.
Clearly, Faking Normal comes with a premise that promises a lot of tears and agonizing moments. I was prepared for this, yet I was not prepared to what was really to come and that I would fall head over heels with this wonderful, touching debut!
Truly Broken and not ready to Speak!
When Friendship Turns Love, Turns Savior!
The Power of Love, Trust and Friendship!
The power of Bodee is the way he reads me, sees through me, and then he understands the truth behind the facade. He’s the guy who can walk straight through the House of Mirrors in the first try. It’s almost annoying. No one should ride trendy like a pro surfer while I drown. – ARC, Faking Normal
A hand to hold instead of lips to kiss. He’s my fort, my sanctuary. And I won’t do anything to jeopardize this. – ARC, Faking Normal
I know we’re still broken. Both of us. But Bodee’s got the glue to make us whole. He is love.– ARC, Faking Normal
Even just reading these quotes and remembering these scenes and the lines in the book brings me back to tears!
Faking Normal was exceptional, heart wrenching, touchingly tragic but in between the sadness was so much wonder and beauty that melted my heart. Most definitely, Faking Normal is a brilliant debut from a fresh new voice and I’m excited to read more from Courtney C. Stevens.