Review: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

15726915Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: February 25, 2014 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Length: 322 pages
Source: HarperCollins (ARC)

“Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.


Faking Normal is written in first person point of view of Alexi Littrell, our female protagonist who has been keeping a secret that happened during summer. She’s the type of person who has a smile on the outside but a frown on the inside. What I really liked about Faking Normal was how the characters developed throughout the novel. I love how Alexi grew confidence and began to know who she was. She’s also a very relatable character because I think a lot of people have encountered a situation where there is a secret that they are ashamed or embarrassed to tell someone very close to them, but it is needed. I love how I was able to feel what she was feeling whether it be happiness, sadness, excitement, anxiousness, you name it. I also love how her and Bodee share a special relationship. He is also going through a hard time, and I love how even though he’s going through a rough time, he constantly cheers and supports Alexi. He’s one of those people who puts others first before himself.

The supporting characters are well developed as well. I like how Alexi’s and Bodee’s family are not just “there”. They actually contribute to the story and aren’t just bystanders. Alexi has a much older sister (Kayla) is easily bad tempered which is why Alexi and Kayla fight often, but I like how they still got each other’s backs at the end. The  only thing I did not like was how some of the supporting characters are clichéd (i.e. drunk football players and popular girls who are depicted as comely and boy crazy). I think it is because the author wants to emphasize that Alexi is far different from these people or maybe because Alexi wants to escape her problem so bad that she decides to just act like a ‘normal’, cliched teenager because a cliched teenager’s problems are finding a prom date and who’s with who, right? Ugh. Other than that, the book was very well written. This is a book where once you start reading, it’s hard to put it down. You will find yourself immersed into the story, and before you know it, you’ve already finished the book.


10 Responses to “Review: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens”

  1. 1 Hazel @ Stay Bookish April 5, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Yes, yes, yes to this review! I absolutely loved Faking Normal- it’s one of my fave 2014 releases! Such a beautiful, powerful story. Like you, I loved how the author developed the characters, and also Alexi’s relationship with Bodee. And yes, Bodee is so amazingly kind, you can’t help but love him, you know? ❤

  2. 3 Alise April 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    I just got this one from the library today and this review is exercising my restraint to start it right now! It sounds soooo good . The stereotypical character thing is a bit of a shame but I guess you’ll have characters like that in almost every book. And yay, good pacing 😀

  3. 5 Jasprit (@jaskaur11) April 10, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    This story was such a beautiful one, that I’m so glad that you were able to enjoy it! I hugely enjoyed the relationship which emerged between Bodee and Alexi too! Great review!

  4. 7 Emily @ Forever Literary April 13, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    I have heard amazing things about this book, and I’m glad to hear you second them! It’s always important to have secondary characters contribute to the story – sometimes they don’t do anything, and I can’t even remember their names! I wouldn’t normally pick this novel up, but all the praise is making me want to. Thanks for adding to the recommendation. 🙂

    • 8 Leigh (LittleBookStar) April 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Me too! I suck with names so it’s hard for me to remember secondary character names, even main characters (unless they’re memorable and over hyped like Katniss & Tris). You should definitely read it soon.

  5. 9 Jeann @ Happy Indulgence April 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    The friendship between Alexi and Bodee was something I really enjoyed, it was unique to have someone so close that wasn’t immediately a love interest. Lovely review Leigh.

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