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Our New Normal

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  21 reviews
How much more can you give when you've already given everything? In Colleen Faulkner's affecting, thought-provoking new novel, the mother of a pregnant teenager discovers there are no easy answers--and that a mistake-proof life may not be worth living ...

Liv Ridgely prides herself on being the responsible wrangler of all things family: stay at home mom, caretaker of elderl
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
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I was completely caught up in the emotion and in the richness of the descriptions in this book. I was in love with the depth of the characters even the characters who are barely mentioned. Colleen Faulkner's ability to create this completely believable world with it's beautifully written prose makes Our New Normal one novel that will always be with me. Why? It is different than anything I've ever read and I read a lot. The characters are typical but interesting enough to keep you hooked
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Kiki Z
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stars, solely because it was well-written. I'm not sure I can explain why I disliked this book so much but I'll give it a try.

The side characters:

Sean, Hazel's older brother. He's honestly barely a character and could have been cut without losing anything.

Liv's dad. He has declining mental faculties and, well, I'll get to that. And Liv's mother. Extremely ornery and difficult to sympathize with. Genuinely never got the impression she loved Liv.

Beth, Liv's sister. Flaky, irresponsible, and a
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Kavi Krish
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreaking, emotional and pretty damn realistic novel. I think, every teenager out there should read this one.. One thing I grasped from this book is that you do not get to undergo the hardships of being a mother until you are one. Being a parent, means you are the one who makes the difficult choices and have to endure the consequences too. Well, I'm glad I read this book. this one is for all the moms out there.

Thanks, NetGalley and Kensington providing me with the eARC in exchange for an
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Heather
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks Kensington and Netgalley for the chance to read this dynamic novel before it hits bookshelves later this month.

Liv, mom to a college student and a 16-year-old daughter, feels like she’s done raising her kids and wants to do something for herself now. That something is restoring homes because she did a brilliant job of bringing the one she lives in to a new life. When everything seems to be going smoothly, Liv finds out that Hazel, the teen daughter, is three months pregnant. Liv suggests
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Kayo
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Touching story. Characters well thought out, just a well rounded story. Nice one!

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Susan Ballard
4.5 / 5 ⭐

What was the last book you read where your heart actually hurt for a character? Where you felt your chest tighten and your throat close with emotion? ᴏᴜʀ ɴᴇᴡ ɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟ is that book for me. Colleen Faulkner did such an amazing job at capturing the voice of a wife and mother that at times I felt like she was inside my head. Before the younger crowd assumes this book isn’t for them - Faulkner also takes on the perspective of a pregnant 16-year-old.

Liv Ridgely has been a stay-at-home mom rais
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Susan Ballard
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Our New Normal
By Colleen Faulkner
4.5 / 5 ⭐

What was the last book you read where your heart actually hurt for a character? Where you felt your chest tighten and your throat close with emotion? ᴏᴜʀ ɴᴇᴡ ɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟ is that book for me. Colleen Faulkner did such an amazing job at capturing the voice of a wife and mother that at times I felt like she was inside my head. Before the younger crowd assumes this book isn’t for them - Faulkner also takes on the perspective of a pregnant 16-year-old.

Liv Ridgely
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Angela
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5. It made for some stressful reading at times because of all the arguing among the characters but it was a realistic scenario and the family felt real. The story is told through two different perspectives Liv and Hazel. Liv is a mom whose oldest son has left for college, she's finally starting up her dream business, her daughter is now at an age where she can be responsible for herself at 16, or so she believes until she learns that her daughter is pregnant and wants to keep the baby. Hazel ...more
Hayley
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: online, netgalley
This book like all other books by Colleen Faulker is amazing. She really has a way of taking common situations that lots of people do unfortunately find themselves in and putting a nice spin on things. She has a powerful way with her words that keeps me coming back as a reader to devour whatever new piece that she puts out. I really enjoyed this book and I found while I loved the story line I think that the characters had to be my favourite part of this. They were so realistic in their actions a ...more
Heather Donovan
Sep 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There was nothing normal about this book.

There was nothing good about this book.

There was nothing happy about this book.

All the characters, except for Sean who seemed to be an after-thought, are awful. Not a single redeeming quality in the bunch. Everyone was selfish (again, except for Sean who pretty much disappeared after 20% of the book, and then only seemed to appear again when it was convenient), and seriously, how much more sadness and stress could one person take? Liv is just getting a ne
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Janell Madison
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Your kids are growing up-one is heading to college and the other is almost 17. Your husband’s career at the Hospital is established and you’re so excited because it is finally here! It is finally your turn to live your dream! The kids are old enough that they don’t need you 24/7. You have your first clients for your new business and you are so excited to get started.

And then, there is a positive pregnancy test. And, a second positive pregnancy test, in case the first one was wrong. Now what?

I lo
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Donna Hines
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Staying true to self even after hardships threaten to crack you to the very core!
This is the dilemma for any teen parent especially when you have multiple teens with one off in college and another soon to be right behind her son as Hazel is now 16yo.
I'm so glad I read this for multiple reasons including the strain on the marriage and having to come together on all fronts when things don't work out as one may have hoped.
It turns out Hazel became pregnant and vows to not only have the baby but sta
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Andrea Nourse
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as I read most of my Kindle books—while rocking my daughter to sleep or sitting in her room while she plays. This may have influenced my relationship with Our New Normal.

I’m always drawn to mother-daughter books, so I was sucked in immediately. Liv’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Hazel, is pregnant and her boyfriend is a typical, irresponsible teenage boy. Liv wants Hazel to consider adoption, but her daughter refuses, convinced her boyfriend will step up. Shocking no one but Hazel
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Kathleen Gray
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story of a family facing so many issues we all must cope with. Liv is the ultimate sandwich female- her elderly father has dementia, her elderly mother an orthopedic condition, her son is headed to college, and her sixteen year old daughter Hazel just got pregnant. Told alternately by Liv and Hazel, this is an amazingly honest novel. Liv's finally come into her own, started her own business, and is feeling good about herself and her relationship with her husband Oscar (a great guy btw) ...more
Karen
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hazel is a lovely, smart, typical 16 year old girl living in Maine. And then she gets pregnant. It is not in spite of - but because of - her intelligence and warmth that she insists she will figure out a way to raise this baby, that she and Tyler are in truly in love. The Ridgley family is turned upside down. The natural order of things would have her mom, Liv, take care of the baby while Hazel finishes high school and continues her education to become the doctor she always dreamed of. But Liv j ...more
Owl._.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by this author. Our New Normal does a great job in how it portrays a mother who lost her identity raising her children and finally having the ability to pursue her dreams again only to be completely ambushed by the fact that her teenage daughter is pregnant and wants to keep the baby.

It was well-written and I found that I could not put it down until I saw how it ended. Full of heartbreak, loneliness, wants, and broken dreams, and growing up, this is a book I wou
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January Gray
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Colleen Faulkner and I am a new fan! This book was amazing and I hated the times I had to put it down when life called me. Raw, real and honest, nothing was sugar coated. It was hard to choose a favorite character, but I will have to go with Hazel, the pregnant teenager. I highly recommend this book and the Author!
Marlene Brown
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much to love about this story. Family is the key in the book and it is beautiful written, There is laughter, sadness and strength that I can't even imaging having. I highly recommend this book.,
Gea
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a work of fiction, but it should be required reading for every teen girl. Heartbreaking, emotional and so realistic. Sometimes being a parent is about making the hard choices.
Jamie
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt for each character. It was realistic.
Marlene Brown
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much to love about this story. Family is the key in the book and it is beautiful written, There is laughter, sadness and strength that I can't even imagine having. I highly recommend this book.
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