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Faking Normal (2014)

by Courtney C. Stevens(Favorite Author)
4.09 of 5 Votes: 5
0062245384 (ISBN13: 9780062245380)
HarperCollins Children's Books
Faking Normal
review 1: This was an intense story. Moments were hard to read, and it took me a while to get into the story, but I thought it was really good. This is one of those books where I wasn't quite sure about it until near the end and then I couldn't stop thinking about it. If you're looking for a contemporary story and are up for a story that deals with very tough issues definitely pick this up. I listened to the audiobook and definitely recommend it.
review 2: While some aspects of the plot are a bit too predictable, this book was overall quite good. The voice of the rape victim is extremely authentic. The self-blame, the excuses, the complete denial that she could ever tell-- this is very realistic fallout for a person who has suffered abuse. The author, in her endnotes,
... more says that, while this book is not her story, she does have "a story." That fact is most likely one of the reasons that Courtney Stevens is able to write a book that describes so well the suffering and grief of these young victims of abuse and loss, but also imbue the story with hope. If you have "a story," or know someone else who does, you may well recognize yourself in one of these characters. Although the subject matter is difficult, the story is not graphic. Perhaps the most difficult scene is the death of Bodee's mother. I will add this important book to my middle school library. less
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Incredible! So many feels. I'll be thinking about this book for a long time, that's for sure.
Excellent book!
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