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Relatively Normal

(Relativity #1)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,367 ratings  ·  315 reviews
Catriona Masterton's fiancé, Ethan, is Normal.

He plans trips six months in advance and arrives at the airport a minimum of three hours early. He purchases life insurance, luggage insurance, and always opts for the extended warranty. He's responsible, reliable, and would make any woman a wonderful life partner.

In other words, he's the exact opposite of the Masterton clan.
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310 pages
Published October 8th 2018 by 33 Partners Publishing
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Amy
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I gravitate to fun and light books this time of year so Relatively Normal seemed like an obvious choice for my December TBR. While it sounded cute and funny I really had no idea just how hilarious this one is, seriously laugh out loud stuff.

The absolute best part of this book was the characters, they were so much fun! Cat’s family is so kooky and bizarre, the blurb gives you a taste of their personalities but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Her grandma stole the show, this little old lady
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Karla
5 Fun Stars!

An engaging, enjoyable read, with lots of quirky characters, but also very thought provoking.

Had me chuckling, left me smiling and gave me something to think about in my own life. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Becky Monson
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a great read! Dineen knows how to spin a tale full of humor, romance, and heartwarming moments. Loved this book!
Minx
The biggest question I had when I started reading Relatively Normal was what was Catriona hiding from, family wise? Also, how could she have been so successful at keeping her fiancé away from her family? Well, that was easily answered once I understood the family dynamics between Cat and her family as well as the relationship between her and her fiancé. What was interesting to me though was that her family dynamics were truly a cover for why she really had to leave her small-town life behind and ...more
Tracie Banister
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whitney Dineen continues to delight and surprise with her latest collection of quirky characters in Relatively Normal. You'll laugh, groan, and get all the feels along with heroine Cat when she spends the holidays with her wacky family and finds herself in the center of a very complicated and compelling love triangle. This book is a must-read for fans of Marian Keyes and Kristan Higgins.
TeriLyn
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
**Relatively Normal generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

3 ”Where do you stand on meditation?” Stars

The hilarious, becoming story of a woman finding herself lost when she seemingly has been found for some time. Going home isn’t always what you thought it might be. In Whitney Deneen’s story sometime home really is just what the heart wants. Relatively Normal follows Cat Masterson and her fiancé home from New York City where her eccentric family awaits for unforgettable
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*The Angry Reader*
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arcs
ARC received for an honest review.

This was much cuter and easier to read than I'd anticipated. It's always hard to know what to expect from a book billed as "funny." And while I didn't laugh out loud while reading this I did thoroughly enjoy myself.

This book is something of a romance, but more of a journey. Our heroine is one place - mentally and physically - and she needs to be some place else. There's no steam, a funny grandma, and mice wearing kilts. Honestly, I think that pretty much sums
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Katie W
(3.5 Stars) "Everyone's crazy in their own way. What makes two people compatible is finding someone whose crazy complements yours and vice versa."

Cat has been in New York for a decade and is now living with her fiance, Ethan. How she managed to keep him away from her eccentric family for so long is a mystery to me, but now they're off, along with his parents, to spend Thanksgiving with her quirky family in the Midwest and what results is highly entertaining.

One of my favorite chick flicks is
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Lyn *NomadicWorlds

Romantic comedies full of witty humor are one of my favorite genres. So I was quite interested in reading this book. Added to that, the cover’s pretty clever. I’ve never read a book by Whitney Dineen but the title and the blurb both intrigued me into giving this book a try.

First of all, the writing was quite fun and witty to read. Catriona (I love that name by the way) was a remarkable character, with a dry sense of humor that I enjoyed a lot, especially when she described her family.

Talk about
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Elaine
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book much. That doesn't mean it's a bad book or anything it just didn't work for me. It was supposed to be funny and I didn't find it funny at all. And to enjoy a book you have to like or at least appreciate the characters - sadly I wasn't fond of any of them. At least not any of the main characters. And I didn't find Cat's family endearing or quirky or funny. I found them weird (but not in a good way), insensitive (I mean, who keeps in touch with their ...more
Annabelle Costa
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Relatively Normal so much! It’s rare a book makes me laugh out loud but this one did.... repeatedly! I will be adding it to the top of my list of favorites for 2018! Catriona's family was just hilarious, every step of the way, but the best part was seeing how "outsiders" reacted to their antics. It was such a fun story... I really didn't want it to end. Dineen does an amazing job of capturing the quirky but lovable family.
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Relatively Normal is the first Whitney Dineen book I have come across and I thought it sounded fun. The title is very appropriate and the story is a fun one of family life and escapades. It's got everything: humor, romance and is so true-to-life that it had me finished in record time.

Whitney Dineen is a new voice to me and I really enjoy her style. It's laid-back and the chapters are quick yet very involved in plot and detail but the story is always fun and the characters are quirky and all
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Evonne Hutton
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A second change romance that is both hilariously funny and heartbreakingly sad!
Well written with a good story line and characters that come alive
Gale
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 stars Relatively Normal is all about a family that’s, well, relatively normal! Of course, I would say they are just this side of eccentric, often hilarious, but kind and good people. Even though the story is about a family of Scottish heritage, it really would fit any family dynamic – I have some off the wall relatives in my own, including me!

RN is touching and warm and sometimes downright weird (taxidermied mice, in homemade holiday costumes, anyone??) but it is always fun…and funny! I had
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
It's always hard for me to pick up books purposefully labeled as funny or hilarious because humor is such a individualized thing, I think. Not everyone thinks the same things are funny. Right? And you never want to be the "one" not laughing while everyone else is. :) While I didn't laugh at loud at this book, I did find myself amused frequently. I think the book overall was a bit much, not terribly believable, but fun. It was like every single stereotype or crazy scenario the author could think ...more
Christina
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious Romantic Comedy

This book was definitely not what I expected, and it continued to show me that I never knew what would happen next. There is a hilarious cast of characters with some very interesting quirks, and a good storyline that kept me guessing how it would all turn out. I was not such a fan of the amount of swearing, drinking, and references to sex, but that is as far as the author took it. I would still consider this to be a clean romance, and an interested to see what happens in
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Lynda Peters
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this book! And I have to admit that reading the blurb before I started I thought it would be over the top and not worth it. I was sooooo wrong. It’s a great read with a surprising depth of characters. I’m not going into detail because I might spoil it for someone but please give this book a go, I think you’ll have a laugh and be surprised by the quality. I’ll certainly be reading more by this author.

I received an ARC and was pleased to give an honest review.
Susan Mathews
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good read

This book was recommended as a really funny book. That’s what I was looking for. It was funny, however the story was really good. I always think when you like the people in the story half the battle is won. These characters were likable. The story was good. I would recommend this book
Mirela
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was ok. The way the love stories were described was acceptable. Loved the characters of Nan and Ethan. Especially towards the end... It should be continued.
RATING : 3/5
BP34
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious and keeps you in stitches. Catriona and her fiance live a stable life in the city. A trip home during Thanksgiving proves to be over the top. Their families meet and chaos is the standard order. Likable characters and a very entertaining story. I read a reader copy and voluntarily chose to review.
Delancey
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quirky and fun - this book was a fast romp and a heartfelt romance to boot. Just my style.
Lili
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a heartwarming experience! It takes a while to find yourself, but it's fortunate when it happens before it's too late!

I particularly liked how tolerant and loving the family was, we should all be more human.

All in all, an enjoyable read!
Kate Rock
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love humor and Whitney Dineen always makes me laugh. When you spin a tale of family, holidays and hilarious shenanigans you get a super fun read! Plus, who doesn't love a man in a kilt!?
Karin Gillespie
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Hilarious and full-of-heart, Dineen has outdone herself. Relatively Normal is fabulous read.
Jeannine
I’m really torn. The story was cute and fun. Cat’s family is quirky and there were a lot of shenanigans going on. But there were some things that bothered me. It took me a minute to get into the story, I really didn’t find it funny at all and this book is strictly PG. I did find myself skimming the last 25% because I felt some things were going on and on. There’s no epilogue and I felt that the story ended rather abruptly. Now these are just “me” things. I like steamy stuff in my romance ...more
Konnie
This book really got me from the beginning. When the author made a list of couples at the beginning, I found my name, which is quite unusual since the spelling of my name is different. I also found my husband's name there although we were not together with the "&" sign. I saw this as a sign to read the book.

This book is a LOL book. How I love the "FLUSH"! This author truly is wacky while insightful at the same time - looking inside her brain would certainly be a trip! I really enjoyed this
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Melissa Baldwin
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved!

I heard so many great things about this book and it didn’t disappoint!
This is a must read! 5 stars!
Hollie
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i loved this book in the beginning but the ending was super rushed. After finishing this book i was frustrated. An epilogue at very least would have done wonders.
Tara Brown
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**This review is for the audiobook on Audible.**

Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen, narrated by Madeline Mrozek is a funny, family-oriented, feel-good Rom-Com about finding oneself and living the life you were meant to live. It is filled with relatable situations, hilarious moments, and characters you can't help but fall in love with. This isn't a book I would normally choose, as I tend to stick to the mystery genre, but because Madeline Mrozek is my favorite narrator, this one moved to the top
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J.E. Benoit
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict. A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

After leaving her hometown eleven years ago, Catriona Masterson has built a successful business and life in New York City, including an engagement to predictable and safe Ethan Crenshaw. Throughout her time with Ethan, she’s managed to keep him from meeting her family. She may love her family very much but she realizes that their brand of crazy isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea
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She's a multi-award-winning author of romantic comedies, non-fiction humor, thrillers, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic
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