Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Something Like Wonderful

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Rating: 5 out of 5 hearts
224 pages
Released: June 2012
Buy it @ Book Depository

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.



When I first heard of this I thought it wasn't really my thing. It wasn't until a friend of mine recommended it and even bought a copy for me. Because of this I thought I should give it a go and I am so very glad that I did because it was so amazing! 

Something that I loved about this book was the humor and the way we get to see romance, friends and family through the eye's of a guy. I read a lot of teen fiction that is from a females point of view, so I liked this and I think Trish Doller needs to be commended for making me not think for a second that this book was written by a woman. I also adored the baby turtles scene, what a fantastic moment to put into a book.

By the end Travis felt so real to me, I wanted to be able to write him a letter telling him how much I loved his story and that I'm glad that he shared it with us. But this is fiction and he is not real so of course he would never get my letter. 

Living in Australia I don't think war has the same effect on us as it does in America. I don't know many people in the army and I don't know anyone who has had to go into another country as part of a war, so this book opened my eyes to how damaging it can be to have to go through that.

It's amazing how such a short story can effect you so much. I will whole hearted recommend this book to everyone now! The cover is a bit off-putting but you need to look past that for the story within that will change you. 

On the cover

When I first saw this cover I thought "Gee get a room"! It's so off-putting to see people making out on the cover of a book, I wouldn't normally pick up this type of book because of that reason. After reading this I see why they put the dogtags on the cover too. There was a dust cover on the book so I ended up taking that off and reading it without it.

What I'm reading next: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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