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    An emotionally heartbreaking book

    Normal is such an emotionally heartbreaking book. I got sucked in pretty quickly and did not want to put it down. The story is told from Aurora's (Rory) point of view and the chapters mainly alternate between the past and present. Our main character, Rory, is a typical teenage girl in high school. At times I found her extremely relatable and others simply annoying. Even though I would like to think that a young woman in her position might make different choices, I 100% believe that this could and has happened to countless young ladies out there. Her naivete and lack of experience coupled with no strong emotional family support/relationships besides her male best friend, Cam, left her trying to navigate this madness relatively on her own. Piecing together Rory's history was gut wrenching and painful, even though what was revealed was heavily foreshadowed in the book. There were times while reading where I was cringing and just felt plain sick. I was right there with Rory, experiencing every unimaginable second. This is truly a testament to how well this book is written. I really enjoyed the other characters in the book, especially Sam. On the outside he appears to be the perfect all American high school jock, but after you peel those layers away, you see that he also has demons to battle. I loved watching his friendship with Rory blossom and bloom, after such a rocky start. He earns every moment of trust and Rory definitely did not make it easy on him. He also has some very swoony moments that had me grinning ear to ear. Another character I loved was Carl. She is such an amazingly supportive girlfriend and her faith and trust in Rory never falter. She never pushes or prods Rory about her past, but instead allows her to fill in the blanks when she's ready. Carl's scenes with Tuck, Sam's best friend, also help lighten the sometimes very heavy moments in the book. I was very thankful that Rory had such a true friend to rely on, unlike her past experiences with Lacey. I can't talk about the other characters in this book, without mentioning Cam. Sigh. I don't want to be spoilery, but my heart is still breaking for him and I loved his relationship with Rory. Mr. Pine, Mayor Forbes, and Robin. Wow. In the worst possible way, wow. Again, I don't want to get too spoilery, but seriously, I would not have minded if bodily harm had come their way. Their actions and words were so heinous and atrocious. I just don't even have the words. Normal is an amazing book. It does have some triggers that will undoubtedly offend and turn readers off, so please know that going into this book. I am excited to continue on with the series, especially since the book ended on a cliffhanger, which is part of the reason it's not a 5 star read for me. It seemed unnecessary to end the book that way, especially since the chapters leading up to it were so emotionally charged. Those chapters and the resulting conflict also felt a little too contrived. Overall though, I really enjoyed Normal and can't wait to read ReCap and Okay. *Many thanks to the author for providing this ARC free of charge*
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    Normal - rivetting

    I couldn't stop reading this. Joy and Sadness, Love and Anger. A great story for young adults. I look forward to the sequels
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    Page turning

    Can't wait to read the second one. I couldn't put the book down and was sorry when I was at the end and I have to wait for the next book.
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    Great book

    Great book. Got me laughing, crying, griefing. Can't wait to read the following book to find out what happen to Sam and Rory.
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    Normal

    A must read, emotional but good too, makes you laugh and cry, just want to shake Rory, roll on book 2!
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