Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Posted by Krystal Larson at 4:40 PM Tuesday, January 14, 2014
An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.
Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.
When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.
A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.
This story is about a girl who cuts and hides her horrible secret from the world. I sort of thought this was going to be another sexual abuse novel following in the footsteps on others before it; however, I really loved how the author portrayed the victim-both powerful and scared. Alexi is ashamed of her situation and, with actions and thoughts, explains why to the reader throughout the novel. Bodee moves next door to Alexi and has some things of his own he would rather not explain. Bodee befriends Alexi and slowly gains her trust and eventually her understanding of what happened to her.
I loved the friendship between these two. Alexi is a great female character, but one who endured a nasty thing. I really enjoyed how her character grew and changed over the course of the novel as well as Bodee's. I loved that the author emphasized friendship more than the stereotypical romance and that Bodee was not described as the typical "knight in shining armor," but a flawed human. This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.
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