Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
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June 19th 2012
By Bloomsbury USA Childrens
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.
How would you feel if you go off to fight a war and end up losing your car and your girlfriend? And not to some random dude, but to your brother! What a way to honor our troops, huh? Well that's that happens with Travis. But as if losing his car and girlfriend is bad enough, he's also grieving over the death of his best friend. And has if losing all this is not enough, he's also going through post traumatic stress disorder. Doller created a huge dilemma for Travis and you can't help to feel his pain and sorrow.
Many times, I really wanted to jump into the book and get his Travis' brother's face so I can yell at him. So he can learn to appreciate what his brother did for his country. As for his ex-girlfriend, I won't mention what I wanted to do to her. But most of all, I really wanted to console Travis. He's a character that makes you want to hold him, for all the pain he holds inside. That's how emotional this book is. Doller achieved her job as an author to have her readers enthralled.
Something like Normal will take you inside a soldier's head. Doller gives you a front row seat to what the soldiers go through when coming home from war. This novel gives you a better understanding of what our troops go through in other countries while fighting in a war. Something Like Normal will have you rooting for Travis all the way. I give this novel a 5 out of 5 stars and a definite Good Choice for Reading.