Alexi has started suffering ever since that one traumatizing summer. Before, she used to be a girl who was confident in her own skin and seemed to have it all. Now, she hides in her closet and slowly picks away at her skin. Bodee is a loner who’s known for his dad murdering his mom drunk, and he blames himself for it. This unlikely pair finds each other and creates an unmistakable bond. As they progress further in their relationship, old wounds start to heal but newer ones appear. This was a good book that created a good series of characters and conflicts that kept the novel engaging. Although this was an emotional rollercoaster for me and inflicted many emotions within me, nothing too special stood out. This is still a really good book that would push you to both happy and sad tears. Rating: 3.5/5
@Iron_Rose of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
I absolutely loved this book. I’m surprised it’s not mor popular. I thought it was very well written with great character. Everybody needs someone like Bodee.
thought it was an amazing book.I read in one long read.i really felt what Alexi was feeling.this book truly inspired to want to help people with the same definitively page turner and i recommend this book to all teens
Faking Normal is a beautiful problem novel. Stevens writes modern, realistic YA lit with a voice that is at once genuine and wise. This is a book that has the potential to help victims of sexual assault find their voice. Highly recommended, and a must-read for teen-aged girls.
loved this book even named my car Lennox :) hope she makes more like these. I felt very inspired about how they went about the struggles and made me want to do something like that for someone else or write books like these.
really good book but when u start u kind of get lost but when you read more its intresting and it teaches a lot of lessons. its good for people who want to read something diffrent than normal teen fic.
Full disclosure, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favorite books of all time. I read it at a time when things like rape were not discussed in Young Adult literature...ever. I was unique and fresh and raw and sad and it touched something in me that I think is inherent in all young girls, the pain, fear and self-loathing of just being young. Courtney C. Stevens' Faking Normal reminds me that these types of contemporary stories written by women for the young adult crowd are still relevant and still very much needed. I am glad that the market is still open and that girls still have the opportunity to read these stories (even though it does make me sad that they are still necessary). I have read this story before, but that does not mean that my students have and I will be glad to share this with those who still need it.
Recommended for: fans of contemporary YA, you like Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak (and if you have not read this novel, go out and get it NOW), romance, girls who find their voices, if you are searching for your own
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