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Faking Normal (Faking Normal #1)

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An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Jul 08, 2015 Jesse (JesseTheReader) rated it really liked it
trigger warning for self-harm & rape.
This book was great. I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. I'm really surprised this book isn't talked about much in the booktube community. I think my favorite part of this book was the bond that developed between Alexi & Bodee. It was incredible seeing two people who have been through so much come together and help each other heal. I did have one issue, but it's kind of spoilery so I'll discuss it more in my video review for this book. Ove
Emily May
Dec 20, 2013 Emily May rated it really liked it

Something is hiding in my childhood. Something Off.

This book literally scared me. I had foreseen Faking Normal having many possible effects on me but fear really wasn't one of them. And the worst part? This book doesn't have any monsters in the traditional sense. No demons or things that go bump in the night. Not even any serial killers or psychopaths. The scary things in this book are the memories that people forget over time. The kind of memories we push below the surface and force ourselves
Feb 24, 2014 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, contemporary
Rape books are numerous, at least I've read my fair share. They come in all shapes and sizes, giving us tragic stories of broken lives and emotionally crippled victims. Faking Normal may be one of the bunch, but it's one that stands out in its importance in showing one of the worst faces of rape: the one that goes wrongfully blamed, the one with circumstances that make the victim think it's excusable. He was hurt, he said. Lonely, he said. Since she didn't straight up say no, does it make it oka ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Arianna rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!

“I never understood life could be so dramatically sectioned, but it can. And is. There is only after. And before.”

“Faking Normal” is a young adult /realistic fiction novel with a premise I have read before. However, the execution here was quite different from other books I have previously read. It's a raw and gritty tale about a girl who’s life changed irrevocably three months ago.


“Once I’m behind two closed doors, I curl into a ball and suck in the familiar smell of the closet ca
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

Now there are tears in my eyes. “I’ll make you a promise, Bodee. Long as you’re with my family, you won’t run out of Kool-Aid.”
He blinks up at me. “And I promise you, I’ll stop
whoever’s hurting you.

This book was perfection. I didn't know what I wanted, but somehow this book always went exactly in that right direction-it went where I didn't even realize I wanted to go, and that, to me, is amazing. Just wow. Perfectly perfect- It's not often I find myself grinning like a deranged loon in the da
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

3.5 stars . While this book was far from flawless, I can't deny it's one of the best handle of abuse issues I read lately.

A person or thing that conforms to a widely held but oversimplified image of the class or type to which they belong.

Slut-shaming - That's a shame because it was really - as usual - completely unnecessary. There's this girl, Maggie, who bears the cost of being neither Alexi's friend nor a main character of the story, and I must admit that I was mad
Whitney Atkinson
May 08, 2015 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it
Trigger warnings for this book: rape, self-harm

I almost put this book down, and I'm so happy that I didn't. Although I mentioned it's very similar to Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, I like this one a little bit more. Toward the beginning of the book, I was annoyed with Alexi because she had so many opportunities to come clean to her friends and family, but didn't. Then I realized: that's the point of this book. To show the fear and the feeling of being trapped between keeping secrets and being s
Feb 20, 2014 Mandy rated it did not like it
I wanted to connect with this book, I did not want my head to implode, I did not want to turn against a victim, but…

This was a tough story to get through, and not because rape is the topic at hand, but because of the angle from which it is approached. Instead of exploring the social complexities and honest emotional aftermath of her rape, the narrator, Alexis stages the first TWO-THIRDS of her story as an agonizing WHODUNIT—complete with misdirection and red-herrings. This gimmicky plot device d
bibliophile (Romance Addict)


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Although I've read many 'abuse' books, this really stuck out between the pile. It was different, and I loved every part of this very great novel. This book follows Alexi, a high school student who is really good at her studies, and has good friends. However, this girl is hiding so many secrets, and in her room, she hides her wounds and memories that haunts her.

On the other hand, Bodee is the Kool-Aid kid. He isn't popular, and his life isn't normal either. When tragedy strikes, he b
As you guys know, I'm a HUGE fan of this book, and I need you guys to read it. If you haven't yet, US readers can win a signed copy of Faking Normal on the blog, courtesy of the amazing Courtney Stevens!

I don't read a lot of novels that deal with serious issues because they make me question my faith in humanity. But then I saw some raving reviews for this one from reviewers I trust, and I couldn't help but add it to my wishlist. I picked it up as soon as I found it in the bookstore.

After read
Faye, la Patata
Feb 25, 2014 Faye, la Patata rated it it was amazing
US/CAN and Philippine readers! You can win a finished copy (US/CAN) and an ARC(PH) of Faking Normal on the blog! Head over there to join the giveaways for a chance to win!

You know a book has moved you so much when you've read it months and months ago and can still remember the story and the values it imparted. You know a book has touched your life when every time you try to write a review about it, you can't produce any coherent words but simply tears. Usually, when I finish a book, I think a
Initial reaction: This book had its share of flaws, but I still thought it was a powerful story for what it offered. Definitely shook me in places as I read it.

Full review:

I think Courtney C. Stevens's "Faking Normal" surprised me in terms of how powerful it turned out to be, especially for the way approached the experiences of its main character. I think part of what made this narrative standout was the great audio reading by Emma Galvin. Galvin's voice and emotional resonance tend to complimen
Lately, I’ve grown very cynical. At least when it comes to Young Adult Contemporary. It’s no secret that I am constantly let down by this genre, my expectations of the reality it will expose shattered by over-used tropes, love triangles, and an ironic dose of the unreal. When Faking Normal fell into my hands, it was with little, or no, expectations at all that I cracked open its spine. Stevens’s debut already seemed a little too familiar; the girl on the cover, the gorgeous font, the too damaged ...more
I wanted a little more from the resolution of the "issue" that plagued Alexi, but I definitely can live with how it ended. It wasn't something that killed the book for me, and it's likely that the reason it bothered me is because of my own personal conflict.

I loved this so much, especially the author's prose and how much I was able to connect to the heroine. I'll post my full review closer to the pub date, but I definitely think you should put this on your TBR list. It cracked my chest wide open
Feb 28, 2014 Louisa rated it it was ok
Quietly powerful writing, but ultimately I was left uncomfortable at the occasional slut-shaming and Alexi in general. I don't quite see what the positive reviews are on about.

Books like these always leave an impact on me - Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak made me fear walking home alone at night for a while, when my country is as safe as a six-ton steel bank vault. Faking Normal on the other hand? While I appreciate the serious subject matter, I highly dislike the way it unfolded and how rape was
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
I have no idea why I didn't read this book sooner. I must be stupid or something.

This book was so, so, so FREAKING GOOD! I kind of speechless in that I don't know how to put it's amazing-ness into words. I'll probably write a review when my opinions become more coherent, or I'll just leave this as is because I might ruin it.

I want my own Bodee! Haha!

Recommend me more books like this one, please!
Jul 31, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on Tangled in Pages

“I’m fresh out of happy”

Aren’t we all? With my philosophical thought of the day out of the way, I can focus more seriously on this review. Which is going to be hard when all I want to do is NOT write this review. Am I allowed to post my incomprehensible notes and call it a day? I am not whining or lazing off, I just have no idea how to write a review for this book.

I don’t know where to start.

Should I start with the highlight of this book o
Jen (in her Unicorn Bubble)
Another exciting Christmas present from Chelsea! *happy dance* Yes please to this deep and haunting story!
Jan 14, 2016 Madison rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked 'speak' by Laurie Halse Anderson
*tiny spoiler ahead, it might ruin the story? maybe not? so if you haven't read this then its your choice to read ahead*

This book was so sad and full of built up anger.
If I had to choose one word to describe this story it would be: Angry.
I could feel her anger and sadness in every word.
Her anger was like a bomb, her anger gradually increased until the timer ran out and her anger exploded near the end.

The reason I'm not rating it 5 stars is because of all the clichés. There were so many and they
If you've been following me for some time, you've without doubt noticed that I'm an extremely picky reader. I don't take to novels very easily; there are very few novels I consider worth recommending, very few that manage to entrance me, very few I would want to read a second, or a third time, even if I did end up enjoying them, and there's only a handful of novels I fall in love with. But I fell in love with this one, and it took me completely by surprise.

Faking Normal is the first novel I've r
Dec 20, 2013 Kelly rated it it was ok
I had some major issues with this one, particularly (view spoiler)

Review to come.
Kat (Lost in Neverland)


3.5 Stars

Alexi has been keeping a secret about the awful thing that happened to her during the summer, and now it's the school year and she's still pretending everything's okay.
She hides in her closet and scratches the back of her neck obsessively, all while putting on a fake smile and act for everyone around her. She finds comfort in the lyrics written on her desk by a mysterious classmate, and in the boy who everyone labels 'Kool-Aid Kid' for his kool-aid colored hair, and

This review won’t even come close to doing my love for this book justice. I’ve seriously been trying to write it for a week and a half, and nothing I type seems to convey just how good I thought Faking Normal was. But I’m going to try (without too many spoilers).

Alexi has a secret. One that’s killing her on the inside. And Bodee's biggest one has just been revealed to the world. He’s the outcast—the Kool-Aid kid—who needed a friend at his lowest moment, and now, after Alexi is the one who’s step
Dec 05, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-favorites
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Camillia Dass
Feb 03, 2016 Camillia Dass rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Before this crowd.
Alone, in this terrible dream.
Who am I in this visible silence?
Can they hear me scream?”

This book was painful. It was also real. I think that's why I liked it so much. Mainly because it was real.

It lost those final stars from me because I did feel that some parts, e.g. the ending, were overdone and felt very staged and weird. The ending just didn't sit with me because I felt it was overly dramatic. I also got super annoyed at how many opportunities she had to tell p
 ᴍɪᴄs ✖shut me up already✖
Le iba a poner dos estrellas pero hoy no me siento generosa, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta el tiempo que desperdicie leyendo esto.

Pensé que iba a ser de esos casos en que "me gusto aunque tiene slut-shaming" pero termino en "no me gusto pero al menos la autora trata bien el tema de la violación" .

Cuando empece este libro me esperaba una historia sobre la recuperación de una chica que fue violada, me esperaba culpa, dolor, odio a si misma, miedo a contar lo que le paso. Un libro deprimente, tris
Oh My Gosh.

I absolutely loved this book!!!
I could not believe how emotional I became. I was cursing, sobbing, and giggling like an idiot the whole time I read this.

The book is about Alexi and her secret. Outside she seems like a normal teen but if you look closely you'll see her cracks. Alexi was raped that summer but she doesn’t even know why she hadn't fought him off. All she wants is to forget and graduate. But he nightmares keep her up at night and the claw marks on the back of her neck remi
Nuzaifa - Word Contessa
Jun 22, 2014 Nuzaifa - Word Contessa rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while we come across a book that is mind-blowing-good and you love it so much that you can’t stop thinking about and can’t even talk about it for fear of incoherent rambling.

Well, Faking Normal was this kinda book.

Faking Normal is contemporary done right. This poignant and powerful novel stands out among the recent young adult releases and is guaranteed to make you feel.

Courtney C. Steven’s weaves a moving story of two teenagers’ journey following the aftermath of a tragedy and
Lilyan (Little Yams)
Jan 02, 2015 Lilyan (Little Yams) rated it it was amazing
Reading this book really leaves an impact. It's just one of those books, where you know from the very first page that the content in this book is serious and deals with very real and horrifying situations. I know a lot of people dislike these books, not because the writing is bad-in fact, it's incredible. But because they can't take it. It's in first person after all. These types of books are not for all people, but I can honestly say, that this book is the most unforgettable book I've read so f ...more
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