Normalish by Margaret Lesh

Normalish by Margaret Lesh

Release Date: October 5, 2012
Publisher: Musa Publishing Euterpe Young Adult
Rated: YA 14+
Format: eBook
Source: Received for Blog Tour
Buy: Amazon

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.

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Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected: Stacy's life is anything but normal.

This book hooked me in from the get-go. I'm a sucker for contemporaries or chick-flicks, even if it is a little clichéd or predictable. There's nothing I love more than a girl, her problems, and a couple of cute guys (even if one of them's a jerk).

Stacy is HILARIOUS. Me, being one to love humor of all sorts, was swept away with her sarcasm, her comebacks, her punchlines. I love anything (or anyone) that can make me laugh, and Stacy definitely did that. I could relate to her so well– she's just like a typical teenager! While I did think some parts were a little too emotional, I thought she was still an amazing main character.
Like I stated earlier– I love anything or anyone who makes me laugh and I've got one name to say to you. CHAD. My hilarious, dorky soulmate. Sweet, empathetic, gorgeous Chad. This book was really complete in the guy department because of you.
Bobby– total bad boy, and so was there an attraction between him and I, or rather, me towards him? Uh, heck yeah.

Normalish is a really quick read, and that's what I loved about it. I don't tend to like contemporaries that are super long, unless there's a ton of substance, but this had the right amount. I'm still a little surprised at how much was covered in a couple of pages! Another thing I loved about this novel was the short-ness of the chapters. The story-line went at an appropriate pace and I found myself pulled along, wanting more.

I must admit, I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but Normalish is a FABULOUS young adult contemporary. Lesh portrays heartbreak, the love of a family, and the un-normal life of a teen whom everyone will fall in love with. Definitely one to pick up!

▪ ▪ ▪ Thank you so much to Giselle at Xpresso Reads and Xpresso Book Tours for sending me Normalish for review! ▪ ▪ ▪

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Margaret Lesh

California girl Margaret Lesh lives with her husband Steve and son Andrew in a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. Co-creator of, she writes middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about baked goods, especially donuts, far too often. She believes tacos are magic.

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