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Fifteen-year-old Stacy questions the strange world of high school, love, her role in a harsh universe, and life, in Normalish.

People tell you high school's so great and wonderful, but they're lying. It's mostly horrible and full of disappointment. It sucks. Your best friend abandons you. The jerk you're in love with pretends to be into you, and then the big dump. The boy y
ebook, 175 pages
Published October 5th 2012 by Musa Publishing Euterpe Young Adult imprint (first published October 4th 2012)
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Margaret Lesh
Sep 11, 2012 Margaret Lesh added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: young-adult
Some random facts about the writing of Normalish:
Bags of pretzels consumed while writing Normalish: At least five. No, make that ten (if you include the editing process).
Glasses of wine: Too many to remember.
Chocolate: Mass quantities.
Ice cream: About five pounds' worth, flavors varied.

Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

Due to my addiction to contemporary novels as of late, I was quick to sign up for the blog tour for Normalish when I got the invite. I didn’t know quite what to expect with it because the cover isn’t exactly my favorite but the blurb made it sound like a book I would enjoy. And quite enjoy it I did! We got off to a bit of a rocky start, I’ll admit, but at about the halfway point this novel sucked me in and I was hooked.

We experience Normalish as S
Kevin Craig
This review is taken from my book review site TRY THIS BOOK ON FOR SIZE -

"When I was twelve years old, I learned not to talk about death." ~ Stacy, Normalish

So begins a story of a young girl who eventually talks about everything. Stacy is a character I immediately liked. She's vulnerable and on the page, just like every great young adult character should be. She isn't afraid of telling the reader how she's her vulnerability that drags the reade
How so original and sweet! Many a time I felt like I waded through the characters in their thoughts; I was lost in them. Some characters were so magical that you feel they actually speak to you. It really touched me the scenes where all went to Bobby's house and spent the evening not knowing what to say; it was so marvelously done and makes you feel so emotional. Not a better way to portray such a drama. Margaret proves that she is an amazing story teller, in that she effortlessly mesmerizes the ...more
To me ‘normal’ is whatever society deems it to be and this is something which is constantly evolving. Nowhere is the idea of social normality more pronounced than in the micro-culture of high school where, in her freshman year, Stacy faces situations which make her question exactly what normal is.

To be honest Normalish really took me by surprise. I don’t usually read YA with protagonists as young as Stacy, but the maturity in her voice impressed me. I was equally impressed by the diary format; b
Tricia Drammeh
Note: The author/publisher provided me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: Normalish is a refreshing look at the life of a normal teenage girl. What is normal? That's a question Stacy is constantly asking herself. She feels anything but normal. She's lost her best friend, has no boyfriend, and her sister is acting strange. Before you sigh and chalk this book up as another melodramatic teen sob-fest, hold up! This book has substance. It deals with serious issues (mental
Sarika Patkotwar
*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Normalish from Musa Publishing in exchange for an honest review. We thank the publishing house for the book!

Stacy is a fifteen year old whose life is anything but normal after the sudden death of her father, her sister's unusual and crazy behaviour, a sort of fall-out with her best friend and creepy gestures from the guy she is obsessed with. Normalish is about Stacy trying to get her life back on track. It's about moving on even when the problems of
I'm not usually much of a reader in this genre (I'm a historical fiction fanatic), but won a copy in a giveaway, so gave it a shot.


I felt like I was reading parts of my own life. So much so that it made me tear up in places. Like Stacy, I lost my father just before I started high school. And like Stacy, I had to deal with all the massive teenage angst sans one very important person in my life. I remember the pain, the uncertainty, and the constant need for validation by someone of the oppo
Kaitlin Bevis

"Becka's acting strange, stranger than usual" Normalish, by Margaret Lesh was a pretty good book. I really enjoyed it. It's so strange how I JUST finished reading Perks of a Wall Flower and picked up this book. They are very much alike, and both outside of my usual reading realm. I have to say, between the two, I preferred this one. Normalish follows a freshmen named Stacy as she copes with her fathers death, her sisters mental illness, and all the angst that comes with high school. The boy she
Rachael Woohoo
[3.25 or 3.5/5]

For more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews! Also check back on January 16th for my tour stop, including chances to win copies of the book and related goodies!

For me, reading Normalish was kind of like eating chocolate. It was sweet, relatively short, and once I started, it’s a difficult to stop! (I happen to like chocolate… a lot) Of course, afterwards I felt like I wanted a bit more…

Of course, one look at the cover should tell you that the book should be sweet,
Beth Bowland
I really enjoyed Normalish! It's like watching a movie on rainy Saturday afternoon while snuggled under a warm blanket :) ((Normalish would make an excellent movie!) It's an emotional rollercoaster. You'll laugh, cry and cheer Stacy through her freshman year! I loved the characters and I think I know Summer's mom :)
Hungry Monster
Normalish is a story about a young girl, Stacy, starting her freshman year of high school. Friendships fall apart, and then get rebuilt, just to fall apart and get rebuilt all over again. The same is true with Stacy’s love life, even if she sometimes thinks she doesn’t have one. She loves and loses, just to love and lose all over again. But in the middle of all the love and loss is something that, even as a guy, we can all relate to. Life is weird. Life is hard. Normalish doesn’t have an origina ...more
**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog **

REVIEW: I am usually skeptical when it comes to YA, I can’t help it. When I started reading Normalish I was a bit taken aback because I thought this was just another story of a whiny teenager, but I kept reading. Normalish is different, because though the main character is quite young she is also very mature.

Normalish is written in a series of journal entries, in which the main character Stacy records the different events developing in her life. From he
Annabelle Marie Veronica
****FINAL RATING: 3.70 STARS****

Normalish was adorable. It was a humorous and fun read, yet also serious. I laughed, but there were also some moments so sad I wanted to curl up into a ball and cry. It reached an incredible range of emotions and had so many ups and downs that sometimes they were hard to keep track of.

Stacy is trying to navigate highs school and deal with the death of her father. She wants attention, but she isn't desperate. However, she also really doe
Kirsten Jany
This is my daughter's review of Normalish (she is 13 years old):

Normalish is the story of fifteen-year-old Stacy who is adjusting to life after her dad has passed away. Living with her mom and two older sisters, she has a tough time at school, especially after a falling out with her best friend Summer. Things go from bad to worse when her older sister Becca is acting stranger and stranger, until she finally has to be admitted to a mental institution.

I enjoyed this story told from Stacy’s point-o
Cordelia Dinsmore
I bought myself this book as a Christmas gift because I had read the blurb for it and thought it sounded interesting. I don't usually read YA, I'm more into MG, but I thought I would give this one a chance.

This may be a negative for some readers, but I appreciate Ms. Lesh so much for writing a clean YA novel. There are certainly sexual awareness moments in the story, but she handles them quite well. The first kiss, the groping, the attraction to an older male, were all handled tastefully and yet
This is a wonderful coming-of-age story with some depth. It starts out as perhaps just another snarky teenager explaining her overly-dramatic, filled-with-angst life, but turns into SO much more. Stacy, a freshman in high school whose life seems almost unbearable to her, is a wonderful character. She has lots of reasons to hate her life: some of them normal, and some actually tragic. But all of the characters in this very readable story have flaws, making them all realistic and relatable. I foun ...more
Mrs Rabbit
Normalish is a delightfully frank and open account of a teenager’s journey through the murky mire of school, friends, boyfriends, grief, uncertainty, life and … well being alive.

After about 3 pages, I forgot it was YA, and became totally immersed in Stacy’s story. I engaged (and identified) with the characters, laughing and crying, sharing the journey with Stacy and her family.

Margaret Lesh has a rare talent for connecting the reader with the story. Her characters are alive and very human (foibl
Lauren Hunter
For anyone that ever felt out of place, or that you didn't belong, this heartfelt story will tug at your heartstrings and reach down into your soul like a familiar friend. The author takes you on a journey that has you experiencing all the longing and confusion right along with fourteen-year-old, Stacy York. You will laugh, you will cry, and yes you will experience every other emotion you went through as a teen. Margaret Lesh's, Normalish, is the kind of story I'd recommend to teens and adults a ...more
Lydia Sharp
Stacy is the kind of character I would have been close friends with in high school--disturbed yet not without her humor. She is likable, even in her faults. This debut has sold me on Ms. Lesh as an outstanding contemporary YA author. Can't wait to see what's next from her!
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
Normalish started out as one of those cute little romance books that you just love to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon to pass the time and give you a cuddly feeling. Don't get me wrong... it was all of those things. But it just had more to it than that. This is a story about growing up, learning people, learning yourself, learning love, and maturing. I absolutely adored it!

Stacy was an amazing character. Her point of view was so real and so honest that you just couldn't help but to fall in love
Emily (Book Jems)
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4.5 Stars

Normalish is a brilliant story about a girl starting her first year of high school while trying to figure out what "normal" really is. She struggles through problems within her family, with friends and even some romantic issues. Normalish is one girl's insight to high school and explains how she survived her freshman year.

I was hesitant to pick this up, if I'm being honest. I had noticed it before I joined a blog tour for it, and was feeling pretty "ehhh"
My rating: 4/5 stars
Remember to stop by my blog!

Lately I’ve been thinking about “normal” and how there’s this fine line between being an average, ordinary person and being completely out-of-your-mind crazy.

“Normal” is all about perception. I mean, isn’t “normal” what the majority of people do?
So what if suddenly ninety-nine people out of a hundred decide to walk their iguanas down the street while wearing a tutu? Wouldn’t the one guy who didn’t own an iguana and wear a tutu be the freak?

And isn
So what is normal? And who exactly has a normal life? Would you be content living a normal life and constantly striving to achieve normalcy? But what seems normal for me is not exactly normal for you so really, normalcy depends on many things: your situation, your nature, your nuture, your destination, just to name a few. For Stacy, she wanted her life to be normal yet her plate was so full of different situations that to try to fit them into the realm of normalcy was not working. Coping with th ...more
Lisa (Lost in Literature)

Review originally posted on Lost in Literature

4.5 Stars!

First thing's first... I adore this cover. It's so simple, and pretty, and definitely was the first thing to catch my attention.

Normalish is the story of 15-year old Stacy, who begins high school and immediately hates it from day one. Everyone always says high school is a fun time in your life... but for Stacy (probably most other 15-year olds), they are wrong.

Normalish reads as more of a diary-type of story. Each chapter is titled by the
Paige Bradish
I received Normalish from the publisher for my honest review.

Normalish by Margaret Lesh is about a girl named Stacy who is a freshman in high school and she’s basically just trying to make it through it. Her dad just died and her sisters are annoying and her crush does not know she exists. Crazy world right? You’ll learn all about it once you read Normalish.

I very much enjoyed this book, it was a very light and fluffy read and everybody needs one of those once in awhile. One of the things I like
Farah Jay
I am so glad that I got to be part of this blog tour, because I loved Normalish. It's such a fun contemporary book! I have to admit, it wasn't all fluffy and happy, but I really did enjoy it. The main protagonist, Stacy, just wants her life to be normal. Everything in Stacy's world is a mess. Her best friend abandoned her, the guy she supposedly loves is a complete jerk, her guy friend has a crush on her, her sister is sent to a mental house, and her dad is dead. That's pretty much crazy, and St ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read that felt genuine.

Normalish is basically Stacy's diary of her freshman year of high school. She starts high school when she is 14 years old. Stacy is 15 years old when her year is over. Throughout the year, Stacy maintains the voice of a 14/15 year old freshman. This was refreshing. Too many times in books like these, the narrator ends up being too old for their age.

However, Stacy wasn't too old for her age nor was she too
Michelle Book Briefs
Right away, I loved the name Normalish. And after reading the book, I think it is the perfect title. Normalish kind of reminded me of Forgiving Trinity by Liz Reinhardt. It is a modern coming of age story for a 15 year old girl. The book read kind of like a dairy and had plenty of ups and downs. And through it all, it just seems so real. Normal in the way that everyone's like is not really normal at all.

Stacy starts the book out by listing everything in her life that she doesn't have. I should
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
**Originally on Read-A-holicZ, HERE!**

When I started this book I wasn't feeling it much, yeah a girl starting HS and oh her Best friend, who is a guy, turns out to like you more than a friend but your to blind to see it & break his heart. But then....IT SURPRISED ME! In so many good ways.

At first i wasn't a fan of the writing because it's all in diary entries so you don't see much of the character but after a few "chapters" I loved it and it actually made the book more interesting, especia
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California girl Margaret Lesh lives with her husband and son in a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. She is the author of the novels Normalish and Finding a Man For Sylvia as well as her memoir Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares. Currently she is working on Book 2 of her Goethalsburg Ghost Squad Series for young (and young at heart) readers. Book 1, Mr. Katz is a Zombie ...more
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“I've learned that I don't have to live in sadness - there's not some cruel requirement that I should feel guilty about being happy.” 5 likes
“Normal" is all about perception. I mean, isn't "normal" what the majority of people do?” 4 likes
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