Normal - Danielle Pearl

Normal

By Danielle Pearl

  • Release Date: 2014-08-11
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 484 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

  • 500 + pages

    1
    By Not as good as Instagram
    If you are not going to finish what you stared why start it.I hate books that have no ending !!!
  • Normal

    1
    By NolaWin65
    I don't understand the high reviews for this book. This could've been a book to empower women not to take abuse but instead it played right into the victim mentality. Rory gave me whiplash with her back and forth emotions and Sam was too young to take on the burden of everyone's issues. I struggled and skipped to get to the end. I wasn't impressed and won't continue the series. I could care less how it ends.
  • Page turner

    3
    By Tney
    This book was pretty good. Definitely keeps you turning the pages. But there were a lot of typos and man, was it repetitive. I skipped over several pages along the way because it was just obnoxious filler. But it was interesting enough that i wanted to keep reading. So all in all it was a good story, just needs better editing. I may even give the second one a try.
  • BEST BOOK

    5
    By Imani๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ™†
    You flip the page over and over, and before you know it it's over. The best book to read for anyone who wants to know or wants to relate to teenage issues or life's. It is great for a book to just read in general. This book will make you sad, happy, and shocked all in one, but you'll never want to put it down.
  • Normal

    3
    By Tiggy/Cookie
    It had the makings of a good book. I feel it was much longer than it needed to be. Not sure the conversations between the characters were accurate in the way teens would actually talk to each other. Think it would have been a better book if Cameron had been allowed to be her one. It certainly wasn't a happily ever after book, but don't think I want to wade through the second one to find out if that happens.
  • Normal

    5
    By 'Nothernewfan
    I have read hundreds of ebooks and have never felt the need to write a review. This book merits one. It is an amazing story, written so poignantly that I had a hard time putting the book down. I can't wait to read the next book. Exceptional!
  • Too long

    2
    By Angie'favs
    The story itself is good but it is repetitive. the dialogues are monotonous, sometimes I even think that I went back some pages in the book because is the same over and over.
  • An emotionally heartbreaking story

    4
    By Bookbruin
    Normal is such an emotionally heartbreaking book. I got sucked in pretty quickly and did not want to put it down. The story is told from Aurora's (Rory) point of view and the chapters mainly alternate between the past and present. Our main character, Rory, is a typical teenage girl in high school. At times I found her extremely relatable and others simply annoying. Even though I would like to think that a young woman in her position might make different choices, I 100% believe that this could and has happened to countless young ladies out there. Her naivete and lack of experience coupled with no strong emotional family support/relationships besides her male best friend, Cam, left her trying to navigate this madness relatively on her own. Piecing together Rory's history was gut wrenching and painful, even though what was revealed was heavily foreshadowed in the book. There were times while reading where I was cringing and just felt plain sick. I was right there with Rory, experiencing every unimaginable second. This is truly a testament to how well this book is written. I really enjoyed the other characters in the book, especially Sam. On the outside he appears to be the perfect all American high school jock, but after you peel those layers away, you see that he also has demons to battle. I loved watching his friendship with Rory blossom and bloom, after such a rocky start. He earns every moment of trust and Rory definitely did not make it easy on him. He also has some very swoony moments that had me grinning ear to ear. Another character I loved was Carl. She is such an amazingly supportive girlfriend and her faith and trust in Rory never falter. She never pushes or prods Rory about her past, but instead allows her to fill in the blanks when she's ready. Carl's scenes with Tuck, Sam's best friend, also help lighten the sometimes very heavy moments in the book. I was very thankful that Rory had such a true friend to rely on, unlike her past experiences with Lacey. I can't talk about the other characters in this book, without mentioning Cam. Sigh. I don't want to be spoilery, but my heart is still breaking for him and I loved his relationship with Rory. Mr. Pine, Mayor Forbes, and Robin. Wow. In the worst possible way, wow. Again, I don't want to get too spoilery, but seriously, I would not have minded if bodily harm had come their way. Their actions and words were so heinous and atrocious. I just don't even have the words. Normal is an amazing book. It does have some triggers that will undoubtedly offend and turn readers off, so please know that going into this book. I am excited to continue on with the series, especially since the book ended on a cliffhanger, which is part of the reason it's not a 5 star read for me. It seemed unnecessary to end the book that way, especially since the chapters leading up to it were so emotionally charged. Those chapters and the resulting conflict also felt a little too contrived. Overall though, I really enjoyed Normal and can't wait to read ReCap and Okay. *Many thanks to the author for providing this ARC free of charge*
  • Couldn't put it down.

    5
    By NicNac0
    Wow! What a great book. I couldn't put it down. I was glued to the book until I I couldn't flip the page anymore.
  • Everything!

    5
    By Simarjkaur
    It was everything i was looking for. Such a wonderful story, great plot. It deserves 5 stars.