Author: Trish Doller
Where I got it: From NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review
Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.
Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.
I have been waiting for this book ever since I turned the last page of Something Like Normal, and holy crap you guys, it was worth the wait! This book is gorgeous, wrenching, challenging, and engrossing in a way that’s nearly impossible to describe. The conflict and drama of Callie’s life with her mother, and eventual return to her large family that she has absolutely no idea how to deal with are so realistic and emotional that I couldn’t put the book down for a second. I’m not even kidding, I started this book, got a page or two in, and was like “oh, there goes anything I was going to get done… must read faster.”
I can’t even explain all the reasons I love this book, but love it I do! What are you doing reading my writing when you could be reading this book?!