Faking Normal


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Luna!


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.


I didn’t know much about Faking Normal before it was picked for me to read out of Luna’s Picks. After reading around, I realised that this book was widely enjoyed by many of the blogs I frequently read, so I was excited to start it. Faking Normal is a very good read. It took me longer than I expected to get through it, but this is just because it deals with quite heavy subjects and I found it quite hard-going. Don’t be put off by that statement though, the book is still very good, I just had to read it in small doses!

Faking Normal follows Alexi as she tries to forget what happened to her over the summer. We find out quite quickly what has happened to her, but not who exactly did it to her. There are lots of clues scattered along the way. I had my suspicions, but they kept changing throughout.  I really liked how Alexi found a friend in Bodee, a quiet boy next door who is just as broken as she is. Brokenness  is the most important element of Faking Normal. The author really captures a raw, broken teenage voice in such a believable and real manner. I totally sympathised with our main character Alexi, and could feel the pain she was feeling thanks to the fantastic writing of Courtney C. Stevens.

Faking Normal has some religious elements, I’ve discussed on my blog before how I don’t often get on with books that have a religious undertone. (If you’re interested that discussion post is HERE) I was worried when I started this book that the religious references would put me off. However, as I continued the story I thought the religious references were discreet. So discreet I wonder if they were really needed in the story.

I think this book will stay with me for a while and that’s mainly because of the way in which the sensitive subject matter was handled and partly because of how well the characters were developed. They’re incredibly realistic, especially Alexi. I look forward to reading more from this author!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Perfect for those that like to read gritty contemporary fiction with very ‘real’ characters.

8 thoughts on “Faking Normal

  1. I’ll admit I was actually kind of scared to read your review, because I loved it so much and I was hoping you would too! But no need for fear ^_^ I’m so glad you enjoyed it – the characters were my favorite part as well. Although I actually don’t remember the religious stuff… maybe that’s how discreet it was? I’ll have to read it again (oh, the trauma) and see if I can find it 🙂

    By the way, have you read The Blue-Haired Boy? It’s an ebook for Bodee’s origin of sorts; I think it’s like $.99 on Amazon. It’s just AMAZING, and very touching. I may have shed a tear or two.

    • No need for fear! I really enjoyed it Kayla! I don’t think there are many books that you recommend that I don’t like. Your taste is all kind of awesome. 🙂 The religion was incredibly discreet, I just noticed it because I always notice religion in literature. I haven’t read The Blue Haired Boy, but now I’m off to check it out! 😀

  2. Cecelia Ahern ❤ she is the reason I got into contemporary, first book I ever read by her was If You Could See Me Now, I was babysitting my nephew at my sisters and had nothing to do when he went to bed, saw my sisters copy lying around and never looked back. Fantastic writer that one. (just a shame they spoilt P.S I Love You)

    Obviously I love J.K. Rowling haha.

    I've only read The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson but found that to be a really fun book 🙂

    Veronica Roth & Leigh Bardugo <3.. that is all haha.

    Haven't read anything by the others but some have been on my list for a while.

    Great list hun and thank you for stopping by 🙂

    • Oops, I think you meant to post this on my Top Ten list. Thank you for your comment and returning the visit! I’m totally with you with P.S I Love You being ruined. It’s such a shame as it’s a wonderful book!

  3. I have a love hate relationship with this book. I’m just like you and agree that this book will stay with me for some time. I have to admit there were many things about this book that bothered me but I know overall it is a great book. I recommend it to people though because it is an important book and I know many will enjoy it.

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