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!
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