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What is normal?

For Trevor, normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes, and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves him with no band, no teammates, and no chance of graduating. It’s kinda hard to ace your finals when you’ve been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor—those beautiful blue eyes catching every las
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Katie i think there is some but it is not in too much detail or anything, I read it when I was 13

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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Juliana Stone, SOURCEBOOKS Fire, and NetGalley.)

“The only thing worse than being stuck in Twin Oaks for the summer without my best buddy, Nathan, is being stuck in Twin Oaks for the summer and having to spend most of it with Everly Jenkins.”



This was a YA contemporary romance about a boy with a traumatic brain injury.

I liked both Everly and Trevor in this story, and I felt sorry for both of them at p
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Stacee
As always, Juliana's words are magic.

Love love loved Everly and Trevor. They're so different and yet so similar. I'm such a sucker for dual POV and getting inside both of their heads was fantastic.

Trevor's hurt is physical and we know about it right away. Everly's is emotional and its peeled back deliciously slow. There were some sweet and swoony parts and some scenes that made me want to slap someone.

It's a roller coaster of feels and I loved every page.

**Huge thanks to Sourcebooks and NetG
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Heather
I will film a mash up review for all the books I've read lately soon! I thought this book was just ok. Honestly just a filler book if your not in the mood for anything else. ...more
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Some Kind of Normal follows Trevor who as of last year was a guitar player, a football player and loved to party, that is until he involved in a car accident that leaves him in pretty bad shape after being in a coma. Now, a year later, Trevor’s fallen behind that much he’s probably not going to graduate unless he gets help. And help is in the form of Everly who seems to hate Trevor.

Everly has always had the perfect family until something changes and now it only appears that everything is normal
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Ashley
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance, ttv
Rating: 4/5
***Minor spoilers***

Things were going great for Trevor before the accident. He was planning on going to New York with his band and making a name for himself in the world of music. His life completely changes when he lets his drunk friend drive him home, ending in a car accident that gives him a brain injury. Everly has the kind of life that most people think are perfect. She's the daughter of the pastor, so their life must be picture perfect. However, she must deal with the fact that
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Shane
I had high expectations after reading the blurb, and usually I try not to go into a book blind but I'm always looking for an intense read. Thankfully, Some Kind of Normal delivered.

The book is written in alternating POVs, giving readers a chance to get inside the heads of the main characters and try to establish an understanding of what their lives are like. Trevor had gone through a terrible accident and got a brain injury from it. Throughout the story, we see how he copes (or not) and how his
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Lisa (lifeinlit)
4.5 stars!

I really kind of adored this book. It was exactly what I had hoped it would be. I read and loved Boys Like You last year and enjoyed it so much, so when I saw Juliana Stone was coming up with another book I was so excited to read it. I didn’t know that this book actually had anything to do with Boys Like You, but it did! We actually got a small glimpse back into Boys Like You. I won’t give anything away if you haven’t read Boys Like You yet, but this story is closely connected. You can
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Angela Auten
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Some Kind of Normal is a beautiful contemporary novel that will definitely bring out the feels. It has alternating perspectives, plot twits and secrecy. This book will keep you guessing.

One of the features I really enjoyed in Some Kind of Normal is the alternating perspectives. I am a huge fan of books that have multiple narrators because I feel like it gives the book a deeper meaning. In this particular book, the different points of view are helpful, because you c
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Jen
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a good kick in the feels THAT was!

We briefly meet Trevor in Boys Like You but it's not necessary to have read that one before reading and enjoying this one. Although, I highly recommend it because it's good too!

I love this cover! It really captures the essence of the story and the characters of Trevor and Everly, right down to what they're wearing.

Some Kind of Normal is told from alternating POVs giving readers a front row seat to both Trevor and Everly's lives. Trevor's involves doct
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Talk Supe
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ah Juliana Stone, you did it again. Gave my heart a good squeeze.

I think this is a series although Some Kind of Normal can be read as standalone. I say this because I first met Trevor in Boys Like You. He was more of a passive character there than an active one, being Nate's BFF who was in a coma after a drunk driving incident. Thankfully he recovered and this is his story.

Some Kind of Normal hit close to home to me. I love how it wasn't over the top angsty. Trevor's reaction to his condition a
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Liralen
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2016, ya, reviewed, fiction
Confession: I picked it for the cover. I did. I know better, but seriously, look at that cover! It's pretty. (I'd do the same again.)

Now. This is much like an updated A Walk to Remember—minister's daughter; dumb jock who does dumb-jock things; a tutoring subplot; something life-threatening; secrets. If that's your cup of tea, this might be too. There's plenty of drama and holy moly so much angst and irrational-dislike-mixed-with-instalove. I saw A Walk to Remember as a teenager with my sister an
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Sophia
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, net-galley-reads
A little while back, one had to look pretty hard to find stories that celebrated diversity and not in a taboo sort of way. Of recent years, this is not the case and authors are writing some lovely stories rich in many facets of diversity. This book, a standalone sequel to Boys Like You, is one of them. It hit several kinds of diversity. Acceptance was a big message in this one- acceptance of others and acceptance of self. It was an especially poignant read and not an easy or light one.

The hero,
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C.P. Cabaniss
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

The cover and title of this novel are what originally drew me to it. I'm not generally a fan of cover models, but with this view and perspective, it really worked. And the title on its own is very intriguing. Once I read the synopsis, I knew I had to give this novel a try.

Trevor and Everly were both compelling characters. The story is told with a dual perspective first person narrative, which I love. We get Tre
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Christina
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading a couple of books that left me feeling eh, it was really nice to pick this up and actually enjoy it. Was it over the top gushy? Nope. Was it too religious? Nope. This was seriously a perfect balance of everything for the young, high school reading lover who just wants to enjoy a good book.

Trevor has everything, until he doesn’t. A tragic accident his senior year is the main turmoil for him in this read. He suffers TBI along with a few other things and is having a very hard time de
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Jess (the cozy reader)
Big thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for an ARC copy for review.

This was an enjoyable and delightful YA novel. A story of two teens, Trevor and Everly, who are complete opposites in every way, but are reluctantly brought together through tutoring sessions. Dealing with both emotional and physical struggles in their lives, they soon learn they have more in common than they think, and an unlikely romance blossoms.

You get to have both Trevor and Everly perspectives, which I enjoyed. Someti
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Roxanne
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley for the free review copy of this book!
Did I like this book?
While I quite enjoyed the previous Juliana Stone book I read, "Boys Like You", I was surprised to find I liked "Some Kind Of Normal" even more! I'm not sure what it was about this book that drew me in, it was probably several things, but if I had to put my finger on just one thing, I'd say it was Tyler. I really fell in love with his character, and I felt that through Stone's writing, I was abl
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Ruthie Taylor
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads

This is by turns a classic college romance, but with a couple of huge barriers that really add many more dimensions to the story. It is difficult not to put your self in either Trevor or Everley's position and wonder just how much better you would cope with such events. It throws in both the cliche and the unexpected, and engages the reader fully. I noticed a review from a School Library, and would agree that this probably sh
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Tori
Stone’s voice resonates through here as she tells us the story of Trevor-the catalyst in Boys Like You. A reckless HS playboy who in the flash of an eye went from an average kid with aspirations of college to traumatic brain injury patient with anger and memory problems and no hope of even graduating high school. Help comes in the form of Everly, a preacher’s daughter, who has her own issues to deal with. As Trevor and Everly grow beyond the boundaries of friendship into something more; secrets ...more
Amy Jacobs
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this YA book. It was a sweet romance that wasn't rushed and while it dealt with some serious topics, it balanced the sweet and serious. Looking forward to reading more! ...more
Ammarah
Overall, Some Kind of Normal is not a bad book. I really appreciated the fact that the author focused on family and the personal struggles of the characters. However, I was really hoping that romance featured would not be instalove but unfortunately it was. This was a little bit of a let down for me.
Dee/ bookworm
I liked this book. I did have some plot surprises, it definitely was a different outcome and middle than I thought it would have, and that is a good thing.
Lindsay
So grateful that the author accurately portrayed the aftermath of a TBI.
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an enjoyable read. The storyline was great. It is a romance between Trevor, a boy with a traumatic brain injury and Everly, a daughter of a preacher in a terrible predicament at home. The characters were great. I really enjoyed Everly and Trevor as individual characters and I also really enjoyed them together because they made a cute couple. They have great chemistry between them. Their issues made me them more relatable and I am glad they were able to overcome those issues. The ending ...more
Emily Chernisky
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is relatable on so many levels. The relationships, whether that be between the character and their parents, romantic, or platonic, can be pictured and are completely relatable to this day and age. I love how the situations themselves were realistic and not just some petty drama. All in all this is a beautiful story with an ending I never expected. Definitely would recommend!
Kassiah
4 stars.

A modified version of this review also appears on Swoony Boys Podcast.

I loved this book. When I picked up Some Kind of Normal, I didn't realize that it was a companion to Boys Like You, which is one of my favorite books. So I was crazy excited when I saw that it was--and knew that we were going to get to see Monroe and Nathan here, too. Don't worry, if you haven't read Boys Like You yet, this is still a great choice for you and you won't be lost at all, but I think you should read that o
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Jackie

Book Info
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN 1402291507 (ISBN13: 9781402291500)
other editions (3)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS


WHAT IS NORMAL?

For Trevor, normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes, and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves him with no band, no teammates, and no chance of graduating. It’s kinda hard to ace your finals when you’ve been in a
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Leigh Collazo

More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPants.

REVIEW: Aww...this was a really sweet romance that will be popular with the legions of fans of The Fault in Our Stars and Perfect Chemistry. Right from the first few pages, I felt connected with the story and with the voices of Everly and Trevor (I couldn't believe none of their friends ever called them "Trevorly"). The characters are very real--neither of these two are perfect, and their problems don't get resolved with a neat little red bow at the end. There is
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Casey
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

After reading Boys Like You by Juliana Stone, I was looking forward to reading Some Kind of Normal. Each of these books can be read as a standalone, but you do get more of Trevor's back story if you read Boys Like You first. I thought that this was a short and sweet YA read, and I enjoyed it.

Trevor Lewis had it all until one night changed everything. After having a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from an accident, he was left in a coma for month
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 Lori (Ficwishes)
This book was a gamble for me. I've been burned before (as I'm sure we all have) when trying an author for the first time. You never know if you should believe the hype you see online unless you have recommendations from some very specific people that you trust with your reading decisions. Unfortunately, I did not see any of my trusted sources recommending Juliana Stone (although I have seen them since reading this book). When I saw SOME KIND OF NORMAL up on Netgalley, I was immediately intrigue ...more
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USA Today bestselling author and 2015 RITA® winner JULIANA STONE fell in love with books in the fifth grade when her teacher introduced her to Tom Sawyer. A tomboy at heart, she splits her time between baseball, books, and music. When she’s not singing with her band, she’s thrilled to be writing young adult as well as adult contemporary romance—books that
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