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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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
Paperback, 230 pages
Published April 2nd 2015 by Publishing (first published October 4th 2012)
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Margaret Lesh
Sep 06, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-ebook
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
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarika Patkotwar
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
[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,
Kaitlin Bevis
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"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
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
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Beth Bowland
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
****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
ReadingDiva Book Reviews
**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
Kirsten Jany
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lyra Gill
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is also posted HERE.

Judging from the blurb, Normalish seems like your average contemporary read about a girl thrust into the halls of high school for the very first time. Throughout her freshman year, Stacy has to deal with losing her best friend because said best friend is now too popular to be associated with her; she gains a new best friend only to find out that said best friend is nursing a crush on her; she realizes that the boy she has been in love with since seventh grade is a
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Normalize is filled with Mental health stereotypes, and acts as a record of how most people view mental illness. I preferred the sequel, My friend are All Strange, which can be read as a standalone.
Emily Elizabeth
As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!

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
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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In Normalish reader is following the ups (toward the end) and downs (at the beginning) of the 15 year old Stacy through her freshmen year in high school. And she is facing some tough challenges and choices, and she is dealing with lot of not so nice things. The main problems in Stacy life are:

- her father is dead
- her older sister starts to act strange and end up institutionalized
- her middle school best friend is best friend no more
When I first dove into this book, I knew pretty much nothing about it, despite the fact that it had a simply gorgeous cover. I totally loved it. Still do! It's simple and sweet. Just like this book. Other than the cover, I didn't know what to expect, other than the story of a Freshman whose life sucks. Which it totally does.

As I began reading, I quickly noticed, that it was told in the form of a diary. This didn't really bug me, and I actually really enjoyed the way this story was told. It gave
Marybeth (Manhattan Reader)
I'm really glad that I got the chance to take part in this tour. I was surprised just how interesting things turned out, both the bad and the good. I wasn't expecting half of what happened, and this is me who still remembers very clearly what it was like to be in high school.

For the most part I had a really hard time relating to Stacy. No offense, but she seemed to view life with two extremes (either things were going exceptionally well or things were going down the gutter). And I remember being
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
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
What is normal? Am I normal? These are the questions fourteen year old Stacy is asking herself in this sassy contemporary that challenges the way that we perceive ourselves and the people around us.

At first, I didn't quite know what to make of Normalish. Usually anything I read on my Kindle app is a proof copy, unless it's a book that is only available via Kindle, because as many of my blogging friends know, I'm an actual book kind of girl. Because of this, whenever I read something on my Kindle
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Normalish to be an enjoyable YA contemporary read. Stacy is generally pretty likeable, considering the crappy crap she has to go through. She states the facts of her life and of course complains, but most of the time it's not the whiney, makes-me-want-to-claw-my-eyes-out, complaining. It's the legit, yeah-that-is-pretty-shitty kind of complaining that it would be weird for a character not to do.

My favourite part of Normalish is the changes that Stacy goes through over the year in which t
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour
Originally posted at:

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Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected: Stacy's life is anything but normal.

This book hooked me in from the get-go. I'm a sucker for contemporaries or chick-flicks, even if it is a little clichéd or predictable. There's nothing I love more than a girl, her problems, and a couple of cute guys (even if one of them's a jerk).

Stacy is HILARIOUS. Me, being one to love humor of all sorts, was swept away with he
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Margaret Lesh is the author of memoirs Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares, and My Terrible Book of Happiness: Love, Anxiety and Everything; the Young Adult novels Normalish and My Friends Are All Strange; and other works of fiction. Her short stories have appeared in The Brasilia Review, and Dust Jacket Literary Journal.

Like Bill and Ted, she believes we should be
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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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