Friday, May 4, 2012

My POV: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: June 19th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens 
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.--Goodreads

This book was short, sweet and oh so good! This is the third book I have read about young military men coming back from a war zone and it's not easy on the heart. The things these soldiers go through while in a war zone is unimaginable and life back home seems to be just as difficult once they come back.

This story is about Travis coming back home from Afghanistan to a life he feels he no longer fits into. For one thing his father and brother show no enthusiasm at his coming home for a few weeks and his post-traumatic disorder is in full swing. On the other hand his mother has never loved anyone more and he stumbles upon Harper Gray, a girl from his past. Harper and him do not have a pleasant past but it seems like she is the only one who can make him feel "Something Like Normal" now when things are falling apart around him.

Harper and Travis have a rocky start but things seem to fall into place pretty quickly and easily. I really liked Harper. She is strong, smart, has a great since of humor and really loves Travis. Travis is pretty awesome himself. He cares about the right things and I know he would hate for me to say this but I think he's a hero. Someone who stick up for those he cares about or standing up for himself is not always an easy task especially if it from one of your own parent.

The ending is hopeful and I would love to see what comes next for Travis but I don't think there will be another book. This was a great insight to a soldiers world and I will be forever respectful for what they go. It's not easy but things worth doing never are. Great story! Beautiful characters! Definitely worth reading....a couple of times. Loved it!

"The things is.." I stop and run my hand across the top of my head, trying to find the right works. "Charlie's dead and I'm still alive, and I don't' think I deserve to be."
"Do you think he'd agree?"
"I don't know," I say. " He'd probably tell me to stop being a idiot."
Harper's smile is so gentle and sweet. "Sounds like good advice to me," she says"
"I came over last night," she says. "You were sleeping with her, and all your clothes were on, love her."

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  1. love this review - it makes me want to read it even more with the quotes. I'm sooo angsty lol I have to wait until June!

  2. Great review! I hadn't heard of this book before, but I definitely want to read it now! It has been added to the TBR :-)

  3. You say the ending is hopeful - do you mean hopeful for his recovery or hopeful with Harper? I hate sad endings!!

    1. Hi Kelly!
      Thanks for commenting! I don't want to give too much away but it is a happy ending!

  4. I do love a happy ending stories, but this one is more real than my fairytale books.