Normal – by Danielle Pearl

51jR29fdw1L.jpgNormal by Danielle Pearl

Format: Kindle Edition

Print Length: 390 pages

Publisher: Danielle Pearl; 1 edition (Aug. 11 2014)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

Synopsis: It’s the kind of situation most people would dread. Starting at a new high school, in the middle of my senior year, in a new town, in a new state. I know no one. No one knows me. That’s what I’m counting on.

A year ago, Aurora “Rory” Pine was just a normal teenage girl – just as sweet and naive as the fairy tale princess she was named after.

But this isn’t a year ago.

Rory is broken, and now suffering from a debilitating anxiety disorder, wrought with precarious triggers, she moves across the country to escape the source of her troubles. Her plan is anonymity, but that’s easier said than achieved for the new girl having a panic episode outside of calculus. The worst part? There’s a witness – and a gorgeous one at that.

Sam is a walking trigger for Rory. Incredibly handsome, built like the star athlete he obviously is, and undoubtedly popular, Sam outwardly represents everything Rory despises about high school. But as the fates keep throwing them together, a connection sparks that neither ever expected, and certainly couldn’t ignore.

But Sam has issues too, and Rory’s past won’t just stay in the damned past. When friendship evolves into something deeper, can a girl utterly destroyed by the worst kind of betrayal and a boy battling demons of his own ever have a normal relationship? Is that even what they want? Find out in NORMAL, a gritty story of trust and abuse, heartbreak and salvation, and if they’re lucky – love. This is not a flowery romance – not for the faint of heart.

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Normal is a book about a girl named Rory and a boy named Sam. Rory has had a tough year and has gone through a lot of traumatic things leaving her with severe anxiety and phobias. Sam is your average price charming/knight in shinning armour/ whatever you want to call him. After moving from Florida to New York to escape her past, Rory meets Sam and so ensures a journey of healing and love.

Danielle Pearl has created a story that is full of mystery and intrigue. Every few chapters or so there is a flashback to the year before, giving the reader a small glimpse into Rory’s past and hidden secrets. As the story unfolds things start to fall into place about Rory’s past secret and Rory’s present situation becomes more and more understanding. The two main characters are both so loveable that you immediately route for them and their story is so messy that you can’t help but devour every page.

Warning: the story ends on a cliff hanger so make sure you have the second book, OKAY, handy for when you are finished this one. Normal is a really great read that touches on a lot of issues prevalent in present day society. It keeps you guessing and engages the reader from the first to last page. This is a must read for all New Adult fans (some subject matter might be too mature for the younger YA audience).

 Rating: 9/10

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