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Far from Normal

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  115 reviews
“Normal girl” Maddie must repair the image of Major League Soccer’s bad boy to ace her internship.

Maddie McPherson is sick of Normal—both her hometown of Normal, Illinois and being the ‘normal’ sibling. But when she lands a summer internship with a sports marketing firm, she finally has a chance to crawl out of her genius brother’s shadow. Not to mention, a glowing letter
Published September 22nd 2020 by Page Street Kids
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C.G. Drews
I had such a good time reading this! It was both thoughtful and delightful, filled with those chaotic romcom moments we all expect and love, but also adding in these layers to make your heart ache a little. I also admit I couldn't stop reading. It had such perfect pacing. Here to stan a beautifully paced book 😌👌🏻

We follow Maddy McPherson, a very normal and average girl from a town literally called Normal. She's travelled to Chicago to stay with her rich fancy aunt and intern for a PR company tha
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Full review HERE

This new YA summer book was a cute read. We follow Maddie during her internship in the city of Chicago. Her work includes helping Gabe, an Italian soccer player, with his public image after a few past mishaps. I enjoyed their banter and their chemistry, especially when they were alone and they could truly be themselves with each other. I must say that the last part of the book wasn
Katie B
I'll admit the reason this book initially caught my eye was learning the character was from Normal, Illinois as I am very familiar with the town. I enjoy reading books in the YA genre so I figured might as well give this one a shot. A decent read but not exactly memorable.

High school student Maddie McPherson is ready to leave her hometown of Normal, Illinois and move on to bigger and better things. She's landed a pretty cool summer internship at a sports marketing firm in Chicago. She is assign
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book was so fun to write, and I *think* it will be a blast to read! I love Maddie because she’s so earnest and tries so hard! And Gabe is perfectly imperfect and so sweet, but also has great hair. 😉
Abbie | nerdyabbie
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
An adorable Devil Wears Prada-inspired YA Rom-Com about seventeen year old Maddie who sparks up a romance with famous soccer-playing, bad boy Gabriel Fortunato, in order to ace her internship.

I read this in one sitting, and it was such a cute book 💖Maddie was so determined, and hilarious, and relatable. Gabe was so hot too 😂 This was a great, swift, rom-com read. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t imagine Maddie’s Aunt as Lauren Graham 😂😂

I’ve also been craving reads lately that are just eas
Fizah(Books tales by me)
The synopsis said it is devil wears Prada inspire, so I had to read it. I was Lil bit concerned about the sport part of the story, I am a sports lover but watching a sport and reading it is different, and sometimes it is hard to balance the story. Fortunately, it wasn’t the case here.

Maddy, a normal girl from normal, got an opportunity of internship at a company where her aunt works, so yes her aunt used her contact. Maddy wants something to add on her college application but she also wants to p
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Far From Normal is a fantastic read I loved for the relatable characters I enjoyed reading about, the laugh out loud moments, and that perfect dialogue and banter that just had my sides aching.

Maddie is a complete mess and your heart will just endear to her.

Gabe is a bad boy heartthrob who will steal your heart.

The story had great pacing and grabbed me right from the first chapter. Far from Normal is a fun, quick read to swoon over with all the feels.
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

Far From Normal by Becky Wallace is a book that combines two of my interests: sports and marketing. The premise is original as the main character assists a soccer player in repairing his public image, and the main characters are both charming. This is a short and sweet read that is a perfect pick-me-up.

This book follows Maddie, who has gotten a summer internship at a sports marketing firm and has been assigned to work with a soccer player to fix his image on social
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute YA read, I enjoyed Maddie and Gabe banter, overall entertaining and quick read.
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
As soon as I saw this was a Devil Wears Prada-inspired YA romance, I was absolutely hooked. This book follows Maddie, a self-proclaimed normal girl from Normal, Illinois, as she experiences her dream internship at her aunt’s sports marketing company. After a clumsy and awkward meeting with an international soccer star named Gabe, Maddie is tasked with improving Gabe’s public image in order for her to score a stellar letter of recommendation for college.
I had so much fun reading this! It was qui
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Well, this was exactly the charming, quick YA contemporary I hoped it would be. I think we all know by now that if soccer is part of the premise, I will read it, and the love interest in this one is an Italian star currently playing stateside in the MLS in an attempt to keep a low profile after famously missing his high-stakes PK and costing his country the World Cup. The story picks up when, after a chance meeting, our main character Maddie gets assigned to help rehab Gabe's public image as par ...more
Isabel (The Reader & The Chef)
*Thanks to MTMC tours and Page Street Publishing for the review copy. All thoughts are my own*

Far From Normal is a cute and sweet contemporary read, just what I was expecting / hoping for (and even a little bit more!).

It's a book about a young girl landing an internship in a sports marketing firm and it is hands down my favorite aspect of this book. Maddie's experience in her internship brought back memories of my own time as an intern, from so many relatable moments to the ever constant need to
A huge thanks to Netgalley for this ARC! All opinions are my own.

This was such a cute book. Something about it just really made me want to read it from the get-go, and I wasn't disappointed. It's got Devil Wears Prada vibes to it, and I absolutely loved that (plus, I liked Maddie better than I ever liked Andy). This was a much needed quick, fluffy contemporary read for me, and it was perfect.

Maddie spends her summer interning at her aunt Emma's sports marketing company, and ends up quite literal
Caryn - iam.caryn
I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to come up with the words to explain how much I loved this book. Becky Wallace writes in a way that just leaves you feeling wonderfully happy.

There’s a part in this story where the protagonist describes the butterflies in her stomach... and I FELT that. Wallace sets you up to feel every single emotion and stress and swoon that her narrator is going through.

She also writes food so incredibly well. There were entire scenes that left my stomach rumbling because it
Madison Mary
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"For future reference, hitting the refresh button over and over doesn't actually change the files in your history folder. Neither does shutting down your computer and restarting it. Or crying onto your keyboard."

This book surprised me with how much I adored it. I read it in one day lounging by the pool!

If you are a fan of New Adult/College Sport Romances but want it PG, this is the book.

Maddie McPherson has just landed her dream internship at her Aunt's sport marketing firm in Chicag
3/5 stars

This was so cute!!

I read it on the beach for my ARC vlog in a matter of hours and liked our characters/story. I thought we could have had more development but I think this was super fun and easy to read! Plus some moments had me laughing out loud!

There wasn't anything "unique" to me that I think would make it more than a 3 but no major cons for anything below a 2! Honestly going back and forth with a 3 and 2.5! This is one that if you like the sounding of I would recommend!!
Savannah (forest_reader)
Far From Normal is a perfect, quick-read summer romance inspired by Devil Wears Prada. Maddie is known for being "normal," besides being accident-prone, but she finally gets the chance to shine at a summer internship repairing an MLS soccer player's image. The story follows her ups and downs at the sports marketing firm and her relationship with Gabe, the soccer player. It's a cute, slow-burn romance, and I loved how this book focuses on perseverance and loyalty.

Writing Aesthetic/Style: 4
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
OKAY! I CANNOT STOP THINKING about this book! It's one of the best rom-coms I've read in a while and I am absolutely in love. It's one of those books that leave you with a wide grin on your face, long after you've finished it and YES I AM IN THAT PHASE😂

Being a huge sports aficionado, I knew I had to pick up this rom-com because ahem well OPPOSITES ATTRACT, is my jam and MISS WALKING DISASTER meets CELEBRITY HEARTBREAKER, sign me up please😏

And I am quite pleased to say, it did leave up to all my
Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.

I read the book cover to cover on a long car ride. It was such a fun, sweet story and the light, engaging type of book I was in the mood for.

The heroine is someone I could relate to and wanted to root for. She had some interesting developments and relationship journeys outside of the romance as well.

There are some areas I thought could have been explored or fleshed out a bit more (especially in regards to Gabe) but overall a satisfying r
Shannon Jade Jade
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read my full review on the Shannon A. Jade Books blog!

My 'Far from Normal' Top 3:
- All the best things about rom-coms
- YA writing in a new adult setting
- Easy to read (and love!)
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ACTUAL: 4.25 stars

* Thank you Manda Group for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *

- review to come -
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable YA rom-com that leaves you feeling happy.
Samantha Hastings
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Squeals! More squeals! The most squeals! I utterly adored and entirely loved this book and I’m just starting on my overuse of adverbs.

Maddie is a normal girl from Normal, Illinois. She goes to Chicago for the summer to work as an intern at a PR company so that she can get a recommendation letter for college. Her summer starts with a crash; thanks to her aunt’s dog and her slim bicycle skills. Luckily the accident results in an
Erica (storybookend)
This was a really sweet sport romance, and I love those story types. Even though I don’t like sports...😂 But I loved Far From Normal! The romance between Maddie and Gabe was super cute and endearing. I loved that he fell for her even though she couldn’t understand why he would. Their meet cute was kind of funny, kind of emabrassing.

This would make a super cute young adult movie. I also wish it had been longer! I would have loved for the romance to be fleshed out a little more. But I still adore
Lindsay Currie
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Friends, Becky Wallace has done it again. A perfect blend of friendship, comedy, and romance. I was so lucky to read an early draft of this book and you better bet I'll be pre-ordering a copy the second it's available. Don't miss this one, guys. It's amazing. ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: This review copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!


I fell head over heels in LOVE with this adorable book!

Oh guys… Far From Normal was a ridiculously cute story. Sometimes, when the world is a complete dumpster fire like it is now, you just want a sweet, light-hearted read to sweep you off of your feet and make you forget about all of your problems. That’s exactly what this book did for me.

The whole vibe of the story was just so delightful. It had
Mary (bookstorevibe)
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75/5 ⭐️

This was such a quick and fun read!

Let’s break it down:

The characters:
I really related to Maddie. She has an older brother she’s close with and a younger sibling and I loved seeing the family dynamics since they’re so similar to my own. I also really appreciated that Maddie was such a determined and hard working girl. She isn’t naturally gifted and has to work hard to be good at things and I think that added a lot to the story. Gabe was a sweet (and definitely swoonworthy) love interes
Courtney (pawsitivelybookish)
“I realize that sometimes the best things are the ones you crash into.”

Maddie is a normal teenage girl from Normal, Illinois who is spending the summer in Chicago interning for her aunt at a sports marketing firm. She is a total mess and accidents seem to follow her wherever she goes. Like the bike accident turned run-in with a cute Italian soccer player. That is how she got the nickname “CalaMaddie” after all. Now Maddie has her summer work cut out for her as she needs to help this cute but pr
Emily ~ breatheeasybooks
Just when I thought I couldn’t love Becky’s books more, she goes and does something like this and knocks off my feet (cue the Maddie references!)!!!

I absolutely adored Maddie and Gabe and their slow burn friends to more love! Their relationship was truly special, helping each other grow and be better versions of themselves, each not wanting the other to change any fundamental piece of themselves! I wish we could’ve gotten more closer for several things, and although I think they could’ve made th
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, ya, romance
This was a summer of growing up for Maddie. She fell in love and watched her hero fall. She accomplished a lot, but also failed at things that were important to her. Each and every event helped her learn and grow.

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