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The Simplicity of Being Normal

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Sam has his life after graduation figured out. Until then he has to deal with being terrorized for expressing his gender identity.

In order to survive senior year, Sam must convince his only ally, Mr. Keegan, that he’s not a junkie teenager and decide if, unlike his family and school staff, his teacher can be trusted with the truth.
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Published May 8th 2017 by NineStar Press
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E.M. Hamill
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review**

One of the consistent things I can count on in James Stryker's books is an unsettling immersion into his characters. "The Simplicity of Being Normal" was no exception.
Sam's life has become nothing short of a brutal nightmare in high school, and it's no better at home. People he once considered friends have turned against him since he came out as transgendered. His psychologically disturbed and abusive mother refuses to
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Wendy
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: LGBT, transgender, young adults
Recommended to Wendy by: the author
The Simplicity of Being Normal drops the reader into the moment Sam/Amanda Porter becomes semi-conscious after students from his gym class repeatedly smashed his head into a wall. The concussion presents a bit of a quandary for Sam's favorite teacher, Mr. Keegan, after Sam stumbles into his classroom and lies about having a migraine when his symptoms are identical to cocaine use. See, Mr. Keegan doesn't care about whether his students are on drugs. He's paid to lecture students, and students are ...more
Kelly Phillips
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am in love with James Stryker’s characters.

Sam, Todd, and Julie are flawed, broken, struggling, and feel very much real to me. I was quickly drawn into their stories: they don’t want to be special; they don’t want to stand out. They seek a sense of normalcy not in conforming to societal averages, but rather by wanting to be true to themselves. I confess that I approached this story with some trepidation that I wouldn’t be able to understand their lives, but Stryker’s characters are
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J.M. Sullivan
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stayed up way past my bedtime to finish reading. What a unique, wonderful book. Me. Stryker's characterization is impeccable. As you're reading you get lost in the story and forget that it is a book and not someone's life. Your heart breaks for Sam, but you can help but cheer him on. If you are looking for a light hearted happy read, this is not the book for you. This is broken people facing real challenges, and living the best they can. But really, isn't that what we're all doing anyway? Needle ...more
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