Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Normalish by Margaret Lesh- Review and Giveaway

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NormalishTitle: Normalish
Author: Margaret Lesh
Publishing Date: October 5th 2012
Publisher: Musa Publishing Euterpe Young Adult imprint
Pages:  175
Genre:  YA Realistic Fiction
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Kindle provided by Xpresso Book Tours

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.

I really didn't know what I was getting into when I picked up this book. I thought it sounded funny, it had a very cute cover, I thought fun, light, cute read. It was funny, it was fun, it was cute. At times it was light but some of the issues in the book are pretty serious. I was not expecting what I got. I did; however love the book. I enjoyed every moment of the very strange and mixed up world of Stacey, even if I wasn't expecting it. 

Stacy is a freshman. She has a pretty crazy and insane life. Nothing goes her way. She lost her best friend before high school started, she is in love with a junior who is real player, and her sister is getting stranger and stranger. Stacy begins to question what normal is and who decides what normal should be because she is positive, her life is not normal. 

Oh my, this was a wonderful, funny, amazing, a roller coaster of emotions kind of ride. I enjoyed the book and devoured it. The writing was amazing. Such serious issues put in a light, funny, simple way, but still able to get the real feelings and thought though. I was amazed how fast and easy I was able to step into Stacy's life. I felt as if I was that 15 year old girl again but with more drama. 

I adored Stacy. Her character was amazing. True to teenage drama, everything was over the top, every boy was her one true love, everything was a crisis, and life was surely over. But she got over it. She learned, she grew, she moved on. The one thing that I really liked, Stacy did not come of as a whiner. She complained but in such a comical and sarcastic way, it wasn't annoying. I never wanted to tell her to "get over it" I really just wanted to hug her. 

The book is full of amazing supporting characters. Everyone is Stacy's life added to the drama and was also there for her, supporting her, in some way. 

So here is a list of some of the things I loved... 

1. Stacy cracked me up. 
2. Stacy had some very loyal friends. 
3. Stacy's mom was involved and really listened. 
4. Not all crushes are crush worthy, most will just stomp your heart. 
5. Stacy learned from her mistakes. Some take a bit longer than others, but she learns. 
6. Stacy never gives up on her sister. 
7. Everyone that is someone sticks around, through thick and thin. 

A great book. If you like realistic fiction, light reads, funny characters, coming of age, and all that good warm fuzzy stuff with scattered tears of sadness. Grab this book. Its amazing! 


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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  1. You make Stacy sound like a fantastic protagonist! Like a real teenager and one who ha a lot of heart. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Jenn! Great review!

  2. Thanks for the great review...this sounds like a wonderful read!

  3. I think I am really going to have to check this out. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever


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