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Something like Normal by Trish Doller
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Apr 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: netgalley, favorite
Read on April 11, 2012

WOW. That's really all I can say, wow.

Almost exactly a year ago someone I went to junior high and high school with ended his life after a long struggle with PTSD. It's not like we were friends. We sat next to each other in 8th grade English. I definitely hadn't spoken to him since graduation, probably before that actually, but still his death was hard for me. He was a Marine, just like Travis. He saw and was haunted by what he saw, Just like Travis. I was about 3/4 of the way through the book when I realized I was picturing Travis as this guy I had known from school.

The story is great.
The characters are real, believable, perfect.

This will be reread again and again.

I'm so glad that Trish Doller decided to tell this story. WOW.

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Trish Doller Thank you so much. And I'm sorry about your classmate. Whether you were friends or not, he was someone you knew and it's not an uncommon thing to know someone who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan and to see how their lives are irrevocably changed by it.

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