Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens


15726915An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.


Oh my God….this book……my heart……THE FEELS! I have so many emotions and thoughts over this book. It broke my heart into tiny little pieces over and over and OVER again. It was SO BEAUTIFUL! Dude…I don’t even LIKE contemporary books that much, but this book? This book will forever be one of my favorites. It had so much meaning…..so much depth. It was just……..perfection between pages.

The two main characters, Alexi and Bodee, were absolutely heartbreaking. It killed me to read about the things that troubled them. I just wanted to hug them close and never EVER let them go. Especially Bodee. Oh my sweet goodness, Bodee. He is at the top of my fictional male characters list. The best thing about Bodee was that he absolutely had his flaws. He wasn’t perfect, and he embraced that. But he sure tried to be. He tried to be perfection and support for Alexi. That boy……that boy……just talking about him makes me want to cry.

And Alexi? Her troubles ripped my heart into shreds. She made me cry my eyes out and try to reach her through those thin pages. I’ll warn you guys that rape is a big topic in this book. That might be a huge trigger for some people. I thought it would bug me…..it didn’t. Not at all. NOT AT ALL. Courtney C. Stevens took such an intense topic and made me FEEL. THE FEELS, PEOPLE!

One of the best things about this book is that if you think you know what’s going on there’s a good chance that you’re wrong. I sure was. I thought FOR SURE that I knew what was going on. I knew who raped Alexi and who was causing her to close in on herself. I didn’t. I admit defeat! I was wrong. And I love this book even more for that.

I’m going to  cheat a little here and let you all know that this book DOES have a good ending. I have to say that, because I wanted to quit this book because I didn’t want to see Bodee get hurt. I didn’t want to see anyone get hurt. I loved the book way too much for that.  But it DOES have a good ending. I was happy with the way things turned out.

If I haven’t convinced you to read this book, then I don’t know what will. This book is the definition of perfection. Go buy it today!


Pages: 336

Publication Date: February 25th, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Rating: [rating: 5]