Juliana Stone’s Some Kind of Normal is a YA Contemporary Romance with a Realistic Dose of Heart

Juliana Stone’s Some Kind of Normal is a YA Contemporary Romance with a Realistic Dose of Heart

 Some Kind of a Normal is a solid contemporary YA romance that introduced some new and timely conflicts into the genre.  This is the serious, heartfelt type of YA romance, along the lines of Sarah Dessen and Simone Elkeles, though I thought it was actually better than the Dessen book that published on the same day.  I gave it four stars, and I might have squeezed out a tear or two by the end.  

Everly is the perfect preacher’s daughter, and her home life seems perfect as well, but she can see the stress fractures that no one else sees.  Trevor’s world crashes down when a traumatic brain injury leaves him feeling like he lost parts of himself.  When Everly is assigned to help Trevor catch up on a class so he can graduate, neither of them realizes that this intersection of their lives will end up changing everything.  Everly is one of those characters that many readers will be able to relate to.  She has some ideas about who she is and what she stands for, but she does still question what it would be like to throw caution to the wind and act on impulse.   Trevor, too is a character that many teens will find appealing — something of a bad boy growing into a good man.  He comes across as someone who is trying, and sometimes failing, to reach maturity.   Well written and well paced, this book delivers a believable and meaningful relationship between the two characters.  Themes of working out your problems instead of running from them and accepting things you cannot change are presented in a realistic fashion that will appeal to readers who are a little cynical about perfectly fake endings.   While there is some discussion of sexual situations, there is only light sensuality, and some mature language, but it is appropriate for high school.  

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 




About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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