Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Review- Normalish by Margaret Lesh

Goodreads Summary:

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: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Normalish from Musa Publishing in exchange for an honest review. We thank the publishing house for the book! 

Stacy is a fifteen year old whose life is anything but normal after the sudden death of her father, her sister's unusual and crazy behaviour, a sort of fall-out with her best friend and creepy gestures from the guy she is obsessed with. Normalish is about Stacy trying to get her life back on track. It's about moving on even when the problems of the world seem to be knocking on your door. A wonderfully sweet and moving story, Normalish is a nice and quick read. 
I really liked Stacy. She was smart, had a great sense of humour and she isn't afraid of saying what's on her mind and doing what she feels is right. Honestly, at first I was a little irritated with her constant longing to have a boyfriend. But as she moves on, she realises that there are so many other things she needs to think of and work towards making better. 
Stacy's best friend, Summer was a typical blonde who came with all the flare of being blonde. I really appreciated how Stacy forgave Summer after their crush on and heart break from the same guy. That same guy, Anthony, was a weird dude. 
Stacy also has two other friends in school, Rose and Bethany. Both of them were extremely nice and loyal. 
There is also Chad, Stacy's childhood friend and a really great guy. I loved reading about how the relationship between them grew and evolved. 
At home, Stacy has a troublesome sister cum roommate, Becca. Becca has some psychological problems and is sent to an institution to help her recover. 
That's where Stacy meets tattoo, music and disturbed guy, Bobby. I loved reading about Stacy and Bobby as much as I loved reading about Stacy and Chad. I was devastated about what happens with Bobby. 
Stacy and Becca have an elder sister, Jill. She was caring and cool. 
Their mom was such an awesome woman. The mother and three daughters shared a lovely relationship. I found it easy to relate to Stacy's relationships with her mom and sisters. 
The most amazing person though, was Becca's boyfriend, Roman. He was such a sweet-heart, always there for Becca and her family. It's just great when the guy is so dedicated and helpful. 
Overall, Normalish was a really wonderful read. Author Margaret Lesh has written an absolutely lovely story about the ups and downs of life and how, if not normal, we can always settle for 'normalish'. I really liked this book a lot. Normalish does seem a little Middle Grade, but I loved how the book brought back so many memories of my own school days and how easy it was to relate to Stacy and her story. It was a fresh, pure, innocent and really sweet read. 


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  1. This doesn't seem like the kind of book I would read but I'm glad you enjoyed it! Great review :)

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Annmarie! Normalish was a pretty good read. :)


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