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.