Something Like Normal by Trish Doller is not my usual cup of tea, but Travis won me over.
- Originality: 7. I don't read a lot of contemporaries (except in Dessen binges) and I really don't read anything about the Marines. Even as fiction this was a fascinating window into the intensity of both in a war and adjusting back to civilian life.
- Absurdity: 4. Travis is QUITE (or was before Afghanistan) the party boy. Do parents really let kids get away with this stuff? My parents would have shut.this.behavior.DOWN.
- Level of
ParanormalRomance: 5. Harper and Travis have good chemistry, but I cannot give any more points because of some bad cheating choices by a certain someone. No matter how much he is going through--I can't!
- Level of Harry Potterness: 5. This book deals well with heavy subjects like parental approval, cheating spouses, forgiving yourself, and post-traumatic stress. That is a lot for a little book I thought was going to be fluffy and romantic! I would recommend it to someone looking for a contemporary that packs a bit more punch.