Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens
Posted by Caitie F on February 26, 2014
Summary from pub:
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
Realistic fiction is big right now and this is one of the best i have read lately. It is about serious things that (sadly) happen to teens in this country with two great characters, a realistic family dynamic, and a story about friendship in a place you wouldn’t expect it.
I was worried this book might be trying to just be a newer version of Speak, but it wasn’t. It had a unique character and situation. it is not an easy book to read. It is about rape, self-harm, and abusive parents and how these things can affect teens.
Alexi never told anyone what happened that night, not her parents or even her best friends. They don’t know that she hides in her closet and scratches her neck to make the memory go away.
Bodee’s abusive father murdered his mother and he is the one who found her. Alexi’s family takes him in and tries to help him deal with his pain.
Their friendship might be able to save them both.
I really liked how their friendship started building slowly. It is hard to trust new people when bad things have happened, so I am glad they took the time for the friendship to develop. Not only was it more realistic, but it let the reader know the severity of their trauma, especially since what happened is slowly revealed to the reader.
It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel. The writing is so strong and the entire book blew me away.
The end of this book was fantastic, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so just be ready.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks they can handle such a serious and emotional read. You will probably cry.