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Relatively Normal

(Relativity #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,903 ratings  ·  359 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.

Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published September 2019 by 33 Partners Publishing (first published October 8th 2018)
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Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ha
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  ·  review of another edition
Such a great read! Dineen knows how to spin a tale full of humor, romance, and heartwarming moments. Loved this book!
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
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 daughter's/granddaughte ...more
Tracie Banister
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
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 Wh
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read

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.

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Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Thanksgiv
*The Angry Reader*
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
Denise Lauron
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uno-2020
I really enjoyed this book, and up until the last few chapters, I wasn't sure where the journey was taking me. It was fun and the characters were great. I do look forward to reading the rest of the series. ...more
Annabelle Costa
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
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 hav
Evonne Hutton
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A second change romance that is both hilariously funny and heartbreakingly sad!
Well written with a good story line and characters that come alive
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.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 ½ 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
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
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
Lynda Peters
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!? ...more
Karin Gillespie
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Hilarious and full-of-heart, Dineen has outdone herself. Relatively Normal is fabulous read. ...more
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 stories ...more
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 feel-
Melissa Baldwin
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I heard so many great things about this book and it didn’t disappoint!
This is a must read! 5 stars!
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I was really looking forward to what I thought would be a quirky funny read. It ended up being kind of boring, unrealistic and a little condescending. The female main character has been with her fiancé for 2 years but somehow doesn’t realize that he has a form of high functioning autism? Suddenly his quirks become too much for her, after a visit to her family. Her family who are full of quirky individuals... Then we have the random guy who dumped her out of high school for no other reason th
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Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries -- not always in that order.

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 ve

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