Published by Sourcebooks on 05 May 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, GLBT, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Place(s) Traveled To: Twin Oaks, Louisiana // Baton Rouge, Louisiana
First Line(s): I used to be the guy who had it all.
Some Kind of Normal is a companion book to Juliana Stone’s Boys Like You (goodreads) and takes place after the events in that book end. Its a continuation of the story and you first meet Trevor in Boys Like You but you don’t have to read that book in order to enjoy Some Kind of Normal. Which is a good thing because I still have to read Boys Like You which I’ve added to my wishlist since finishing Some Kind of Normal. Some Kind of Normal is told in altering perspective and switching between Everly and Trevor which is usually a narrative style that I enjoy. However, in this book the voices were just too similar that it was hard to tell them apart. I also thought that there was too much breaking of the fourth wall and explaining of what typical guy behavior was. This often took me out of the story and it felt like Stone was trying to hard for that authentic male voice.
In terms of story, there isn’t a whole lot of originality in Some Kind of Normal. You have the good girl meeting the bad boy and the two fall in love. Everyone thinks the good girls life is all sunshine and roses but its not. Just as everyone thinks the bad boy has it all or in irredeamable but those assumptions too prove to be false. In the case of Trevor, he’s recovering from a bad car accident that left him unable to graduate on time with his friends along with some lasting medical effects. Everly is the good girl who is assigned to tutor him over the summer so that he can graduate. She’s a bit judgmental and stuck up and he’s rude and aloof but eventually they find common ground and start to fall for each other. Sound familiar? Yes. But a story doesn’t have to be wholly unique in order for it to be enjoyable.
Some Kind of Normal isn’t a perfect book but it was a decent one and I enjoyed reading it. While the characters annoyed me at times I understood them and believed that they could be real people. The secrets that Everly and Trevor have are part of what separates Some Kind of Normal from all the other similar stories out their. They aren’t alone in their struggles but because they hold things close to the vest they feel bigger and more insurmountable then they are. Some Kind of Normal is a book that you can get lost in. This was a quick read for me and I read it in just two short sittings. While I didn’t always connect with Trevor’s voice I did like his and Everly’s characters. Mostly.
This was my first book by Juliana Stone but I liked her writing style and I am curious about her other books. As I said above I do plan on picking up Boys Like You and seeing how Trevor’s story starts. If you are looking for a good beach read this summer then you might want to consider picking up Some Kinds of Normal. Its an easy read and a good way to waste a few hours while sitting in the sun soaking up some rays.