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It's the kind of situation most people would dread. Starting at a new high school, in the middle of my senior year, in a new town, in a new state. I know no one. No one knows me. That's what I'm counting on.
A year ago, Aurora "Rory" Pine was just a normal teenage girl - just as sweet and naive as the fairy tale princess she was named after.
But this isn't a year ago.
Rory is broken, and now suffering from a debilitating anxiety disorder, wrought with precarious triggers, she moves across the country to escape the source of her troubles. Her plan is anonymity, but that's easier said than achieved for the new girl having a panic episode outside of calculus. The worst part? There's a witness - and a gorgeous one at that.
Sam is a walking trigger for Rory. Incredibly handsome, built like the star athlete he obviously is, and undoubtedly popular, Sam outwardly represents everything Rory despises about high school. But as the fates keep throwing them together, a connection sparks that neither ever expected, and certainly couldn't ignore.
But Sam has issues too, and Rory's past won't just stay in the damned past. When friendship evolves into something deeper, can a girl utterly destroyed by the worst kind of betrayal and a boy battling demons of his own ever have a normal relationship? Is that even what they want? Find out in NORMAL, a gritty story of trust and abuse, heartbreak and salvation, and if they're lucky - love. This is not a flowery romance - not for the faint of heart.
*This book is the original work of this author, and was not contributed to, or endorsed by, any other authors.
Absolutely LOVED it!!
This was such a deeply emotional story. I loved the way the author let you in on Rory's past through the flashback chapters, and it gave me such an intimate understanding of her character. There's no black and white in this story, even the villain has endearing moments! I kinda fell in love with this best friend and never could have guessed what happened to end their friendship, but the delicious Sam "Cap" is what kept me reading into the wee hours! This book is full of twists and turns, and it's heartbreakingly romantic (and sexy!). It had me completely captivated, I highly, highly recommend!
Way beyond normal!
I couldn't put this book down from the second I started it to the second I finished, and still wanted more!!! I was immediately connected to Rory's story, struggle, and her intense connection to Sam. I found myself laughing, smiling, feeling angry, and even crying. On top of the amazing story, the novel is so beautifully written that it is virtually impossible not to enjoy!! I read this book in two days and am already dying for the sequel!! I absolutely recommend this book to anyone and everyone who enjoys a well-written, exciting, unpredictable love story, and so much more!
A Must Read
Normal captures a coming of age story that every reader can relate to. Rory and Sam's relationship unfolds in a way that is genuine and real-- I found myself struggling with how I would handle some of the situations that Rory was in. Their relationship is complicated to say the least, and I appreciate that the author gives the reader a chance to understand Rory's past as well as her present. I totally had my mind made up about the ending when I started reading, but was completely caught off guard when I finished the book. The authors writing style keeps you guessing, feeling vulnerable, and unable to put the book down. Do yourself a favor-- this one's a must read.