Review: Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone

Some Kind of Normal
Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone
Expected Publication: May 5, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.  (Thank you!)

“Trevor Lewis had just knocked my world off its axis.  He was the river.  And boy, I was glad that I jumped.”  Location 1803, ebook

Two recent high school grads’ paths cross and they are forced to deal with their budding feelings toward each other, while their own personal issues threaten to damage every aspect of their lives.

For a full synopsis, visit Goodreads.

There has been no buzz about a movie adaptation being made.

Some Kind of Normal was the first book I reviewed that had not been publicly published yet–and it was an odd sensation for me.  Generally, when I chose the next book to read, I researched the book on Goodreads, saw that its overall rating was above a 3.75, and decided to give it a shot.  Or there’s a movie adaptation expected to be released soon.  Or it came highly recommended by a friend.  Being an ARC, this book did not fall within those parameters.  But I did feel super special in having the opportunity to read it before it hit the shelves!

Juliana Stone’s novel was sweet.  It was reminiscent of the movie A Walk to Remember.   I could actually picture the two main characters, Trevor and Everly as a young Shane West and Mandy Moore.  The issues addressed were heavy and I liked how the author aligned the more mature situations alongside the idea of young/first love.

You had the two characters striving to maintain a level of normalcy in the midst of their worlds falling apart and finding comfort in each other’s presence.  Despite the fact that some parts were fairly cheesy, with the use of the typical “he took my breath away” statements, the romance was still sweet and for the most part, realistic.  (Let’s be honest, teenagers do have a knack for the cheesiness.)

The flow of the book, however, felt very choppy.  There were moments in which I wished the author didn’t just gloss over the issues but really dug deeper.  A huge event would happen and then it would cut to the next chapter, which would take place a couple days after.  By having these gaps, it almost felt like Ms. Stone took the easy way out in not having to explain on a more explicit level.

A majority of my issue with this book is the way Everly’s story progressed.  She withheld a lot of anger throughout the novel and when it was finally released, the resolution was almost too soft that it made me question why she was so adamant on holding on to that anger in the first place.  And her mom’s storyline was left unresolved, brushed aside like it was of little importance when she was a fairly major character in the book.

The first half was definitely better than the other half; it held a glimmer of promise but then faltered and never picked up from there.

Juliana Stone’s first book boyfriend was Ned, Nancy’s Drew’s boyfriend, when she was 12 years old.  (source)

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