Book Review: Normalish
by Margaret Lesh
Published October 5, 2012
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Fifteen-year-old Stacy questions the strange world of high school, love, her role in a harsh universe, and life, in Normalish.
People tell you high school’s so great and wonderful, but they’re lying. It’s mostly horrible and full of disappointment. It sucks. Your best friend abandons you. The jerk you’re in love with pretends to be into you, and then the big dump. The boy you’ve really clicked with as a friend decides to go all crushy over you, so you break his heart just like yours was — smashed into little pieces. Your sister goes mental, and you get involved with a guy who’s even crazier than she is (who you know is a very bad idea, but you do it anyway). Math only adds another stink of failure to the whole thing.
High school blows. Just ask freshman Stacy. She’d want you to know.
Note: The author/publisher provided me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
My Review: Normalish is a refreshing look at the life of a normal teenage girl. What is normal? That’s a question Stacy is constantly asking herself. She feels anything but normal. She’s lost her best friend, has no boyfriend, and her sister is acting strange. Before you sigh and chalk this book up as another melodramatic teen sob-fest, hold up! This book has substance. It deals with serious issues (mental illness, grieving, self-harming behavior) and it deals with the ‘normal’ stuff (crushes gone bad, best friend drama) with honesty and humor. I enjoyed this book so, so much even though I’m forty-one years old and not the target audience for the story. Maybe it’s because it reminded me of the high school angst that never changes from generation to generation. Or, maybe I was drawn to it because I have teenagers and the author portrays the age group and their struggles so well. Or, maybe I liked it because it was a darned good story. Whatever the case, I will eagerly read anything written by this author. I would highly recommend Normalish to anyone who is looking for a well-written, gripping story.
Normalish can be found on Amazon