Author: Margaret Lesh
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Publication date: October 5th, 2012
Source: Blog Tour
Format: Digital ARC
I am so glad that I got to be part of this blog tour, because I loved Normalish. It's such a fun contemporary book! I have to admit, it wasn't all fluffy and happy, but I really did enjoy it. The main protagonist, Stacy, just wants her life to be normal. Everything in Stacy's world is a mess. Her best friend abandoned her, the guy she supposedly loves is a complete jerk, her guy friend has a crush on her, her sister is sent to a mental house, and her dad is dead. That's pretty much crazy, and Stacy knows it. It's her first year of high school, and Stacy just had a feeling that it was going to suck.
What I really liked about this book was the style of writing. It felt like I was reading from a diary of some sort. Stacy is an amazing character. I really love how funny (even though not everyone thinks so) and how sarcastic she is! I clicked with her from the start, and I really fell in love with her. Chad, her "guy" friend who has a crush on, is such a sweetheart!! It was cool reading a book when the "friend" likes the girl first, than the other way around! Now, even though you might think this book is heavy, it actually didn't feel that way. Like I said, it was probably the sarcastic writing style, and how funny it was as well. Normalish isn't one of those books where there is this MAJOR story, but kind of like your reading a peace of Stacey's life, and I like books like that.
Reading Normalish, I can say that no once was it boring. Due to Stacey's sarcasm and funniness, I always found it to be very entertaining to read. It was also very interesting to read about her family struggles, and how they all coped to get through it. I have to admit, some events did break my heart, but that's just reality. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I will definitely pick up the next book Margaret writes! I definitely recommend this to all young adult readers out there!