Friday, March 15, 2013

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Summary:(from goodreads) When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.
Review: I really liked this book. One of the things that surprised me about it was how short it was. But after reading it, I can say it didn't need to be any longer. This is a very character driven story and plot moves along at a comfortable pace even though it is not particularly action packed. The subject matter is not something I haven't read very much about, but I feel like it was realistic and well written. Travis and Harper were both such awesome characters. I think they were both easy to relate to in certain ways. Although, this was a short book i still fell like there was a good amount of character development. The one thing I didn't like was the plot line involving Paige. I just thought she was annoying and it could have been done better. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am interested to read other books by this author.

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