Thursday, January 17, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Normalish by Margaret Lesh




I'm very excited to have been given a copy of Normalish by Margaret Lesh, and am super excited to be participating in the blog tour for this book.  Thank you to Giselle from XpressoReads.com for hosting the tour.  Make sure to look at the giveaway at the bottom of this post.  Now let's check out the book!




Normalish by Margaret Lesh
Release Date: October 5, 2012
Publisher: Musa Publishing Euterpe Young Adult


Fifteen-year-old Stacy questions the strange world of high school, love, her role in a harsh universe, and life, in Normalish.

People tell you high school's so great and wonderful, but they're lying. It's mostly horrible and full of disappointment. It sucks. Your best friend abandons you. The jerk you're in love with pretends to be into you, and then the big dump. The boy you've really clicked with as a friend decides to go all crushy over you, so you break his heart just like yours was -- smashed into little pieces. Your sister goes mental, and you get involved with a guy who’s even crazier than she is (who you know is a very bad idea, but you do it anyway). Math only adds another stink of failure to the whole thing.

High school blows. Just ask freshman Stacy. She’d want you to know. 
- Goodreads.com


Normalish started out as one of those cute little romance books that you just love to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon to pass the time and give you a cuddly feeling.  Don't get me wrong... it was all of those things.  But it just had more to it than that.  This is a story about growing up, learning people, learning yourself, learning love, and maturing.  I absolutely adored it!

Stacy was an amazing character.  Her point of view was so real and so honest that you just couldn't help but to fall in love with her.  She says things as she feels them.  At times this means extremely funny internal narrative, and sometimes it was cynical and sarcastic, and then sometimes it was raw and sad and emotional.  No matter what she was feeling though and how she expressed it, it was open and honest and raw.  Her head was such a unique place to be, and I dare anyone to read this book and not love her.  She was an excellent character because she didn't apologize for being and thinking exactly the way she liked.  She got embarrassed but didn't wallow in it and let it prevent her from living.  She dealt with it.  She was unashamedly boy crazy, but she learned from this too.  I loved watching each situation with guys grow her up just a little bit more, and make her grow stronger.

Part of her journey is one with guys.  Again, boy crazy, right?  This aspect of her was so true to life, and exactly how I remembered myself being at her age.  But she learns how to pick through the ones that aren't worth it to find the ones that are.  It is such a fun and enlightening journey to watch her take, and very gratifying to see her get to the end of it having realized that the outside wrapping isn't the only thing you should look for, and that sometimes the inside makes you see the outside better.

There was one event in the book that just about ripped my heart out, just as it did Stacy's.  She had such a big heart, and cared so much that it broke my heart for that to happen to her, and to see her have to go through that.  But she was also forgiving and strong. 

This was definitely a wonderful coming of age story where you literally get to see Stacy's character be shaped into the woman she will eventually be.  Margaret Lesh's writing was superb, and she handled these issues with such sensitivity and honesty.  I was really impressed by this book, and will definitely be looking for more stories by this author in future.  This was a fantastic book, and so much more than what I was expecting.

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Check out Margaret Lesh's website to see some great information about her and her books!

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Lastly, check out the giveaway below to win some amazing prizes, including:  one $25 Amazon gift card, one eBook copy of Normalish, and Normalish Bookmarks.  This is open internationally and it ends on January 28, 2013.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter for a chance to win!

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