Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
"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."- summary from Amazon
I've been wanting to read Doller's book for a while now since I heard about it back before it sold in late-night author/blogger online chats. The wait was totally worth it. This debut is stunning. Travis is a real guy; none of his thoughts or speaking voice feel forced at all. I loved reading his voice and seeing his journey progress throughout the book.
The relationship between Harper and Travis is handled so well and is definitely no insta-love kind of situation. It was realistic and Doller just did it perfectly.
Honestly, I just don't know what else to say. This book is absolutely great and I highly recommend it to everyone.
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