Review: ‘Faking Normal’ by Courtney C. Stevens

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Faking Normal’ by Courtney C. StevensFaking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Series: Faking Normal #1
Published by HarperCollins on February 25th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
An 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.

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Throughout the whole novel, you’re left in the dark as to what happened between Alexi and someone else. You know it’s something bad, you know it’s one of those topics that is hard to talk about. And when it’s revealed you’re still reeling from the news. Dealing with this harsh topic is done in a way that is very realistic. I had many suspects in mind, and even though I predicted correctly, it still made me sick to my stomach. Having Alexi pretend like her entire life is okay was just one of the realistic ways she coped with it.

Alexi’s light was definitely Bodee. He is one character who is full of life and love and he was just the cutest guy ever. Exactly what she needed. Even though she pushes him away, that didn’t stop him and I just loved him even more. He’s been added to my list of book boyfriends to love.

I really liked this one even though the topic was tough to get through. Reading Alexi’s point of view made me believe that there is hope after one goes through this. With justice being made as well. Faking Normal will stay with you long after you read it. I know it did with me.

reading progress



Love in pencil is safer than love in life.
If only I could make the outside hurt more than the inside.
Any guy who goes to church is bound to be M. Perfect.
It’s funny how things you don’t like are the things you miss when they’re gone.
Somebody (not me) should tell them, when you act like you think you’re cute, you’re not.
Yeah, I have a rule about dating boys who sleep with half the school.
So even if he likes me on the outside, my inside is tasteless crap.
I am powerless around men. Most men.
You think I’m a self-centered bitch right now, but you’re my little sister. Nobody’s going to hurt you.
Good guys and terrible guys seem to be stupid at the same ratio.
Sometimes thing need to change.
Monsters aren’t born; they become.
You can move on from this and not let it define you. If you decide to.
Why do guys sleep with girls they don’t love?
Easy is empty.
I decided if I couldn’t change you, maybe I could inspire you.





  1. Leigh (LittleBookStar)

    January 1, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Yes! I enjoyed reading this book too. Such a sad contemporary read, but lots of lessons learned!

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