Something Like Normal By Trish Doller
4.2/5-The only part of this book that made me cry was the letter at the end because it’s so touching. I have yet to read a book about war that I disliked a lot that also doesn’t have a typical love triangle in it.
(Summary from Goodreads)
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.
Told from Travis’ perspective, a story about falling for the unexpected, helping the ones you love, and trying to move on from a painful past. There were some things that made me want to roll my eyes in the book. The idea behind this story wasn’t very original but Trish Doller made it creative with original characters and such a harsh reality about not being able to save your best friend.
Like I mentioned before, the love triangle between Ryan, Paige, and Travis didn’t surprise me because nothing about it was mostly typical with nothing special. The character of Harper was at first, amazing. She had blind fury (especially when she punched Travis), witty sense of humour, and she was pretty complexed. At first. After a few chapters with Harper, it seemed like everything interesting about the way she reacted towards Travis had vanished. Then she seemed like your typical lovestruck girl. Even though I really love fast-paced books, there were parts where it was too fast on the really important parts. I wished Trish Doller slowed it down a little bit an explained more about the relationship between Travis and Ryan and Travis and Charlie.
I liked the relationship between Harper and Travis most os the time because there were a few bumps with them that showed just how serious they wanted to be together. The character of Travis was really creative and well written with the way he felt not only towards Harper but also Paige. I liked how Paige still had an annoying hold on him because it was a little different from other books. The fact that he was having nightmares and visions about his late best friend, Charlie. Travis seemed so real to me, as if I knew him just from reading about him, it was great.
I would recommend this story to everyone to read because of the message this book gives off. And even though this is fiction, it showed that some soldiers are not okay. Also for people who like when the guy gets punched in the face by girls.