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  • a fulfilling five-star read

    Very Nearly Normal by Hannah Sunderland a fulfilling five-star read. Just because its two broken people doesn’t make it right, this was a great story and I gave it five-stars but it didn’t always deserve it, there were bits that didn’t feel authentic and did drag a little but honestly overall it was very good. One main thing I will say about this story is when you start it if you find Effie to be someone that you cant abide keep reading, as she may not become someone you care about, but she will become someone that you can get behind. This is a story that will make you smile, it has some of the best one liners I have read for a long time.

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  • Just gorgeous

    The first chapter, whilst giving a good insight into Effie’s mind, is quite negative to get through but the book evolves so well from that point. Effie expects the worst and gets it, she’s given up trying as she has so little expectation from life. When chance throws Theo in her life she has so little self confidence to believe he will be around for long she struggles to let him in however he sees what she fails to and perseveres. Theo is a lovely character, so positive and easy to be with yet quite shuttered about his past. The chemistry between both builds so well through the book but it’s the impact he has in Effie that is so heartwarming. I loved this book, Effie is such a multifaceted character, one of the best female characters I’ve read about in quite some time and this is so genuinely heartwarming, I just can’t find fault.

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  • Loved It!

    Very Nearly Normal is a novel that took me through all the emotions. Effie is in her late twenties, a failed novelist, barely employed, and living under her highly critical mother’s roof. In short, she’s at rock bottom. When a failed date leads to an encounter with handsome Theo, her life takes several unexpected turns, challenging her to sit with her truth, fall a bit harder, and search for her inner strength and joy. I laughed, I cried, I loved this book. Advanced copy provided by #NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Available May 2020.

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  • This is a great book!

    The story is from the perspective of Effie who is in her late 20s and feels discouraged about the place her life is in. She meets Theo and the story follows their relationship and her making changes to better her life. I liked the writing style and I felt that it flowed really well and was easy to read. This book was sweet and emotional and heartfelt and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. The only thing that I didn't love was the character's relationship with alcohol, especially in the beginning, it was at times uncomfortable to read. But I feel that after halfway through the book it is dealt with a bit better. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend to read it!

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  • Heartfelt

    When I first started reading this book I didn't think I was going to like it. Effie seemed whiny and was on a continuous pity party....then came the second chapter and I found myself laughing out loud and I realized Effie was adorably self deprecating. It is a well written book that touches on some real life issues It made me laugh, stirred a lot of empathy but it also kept me engaged and eager to read on. It was a quite amazing mixture of feelings that Hannah Sunderland delivered in just perfect proportions. The story left me with a warm, optimistic feeling about people. I believe the main message of the book is about importance of human contact, even when circumstances for them are not optimal. It is a very uplifting message, especially now. Such an impressive debut. I will definitely read the future books by this author.

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