Title: Something Like Normal
Author: Trish Doller
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
When I first read the excerpt for this book, I knew I had to read.
It literally spoke to me on many levels.
one: it sounded like it was going to be a great contemporary/romance read
two: it's about a young man who is a Marine (my husband is a Marine), so I had to get my hands on it.
Oh, and I am so so glad I did!!!
It was everything I was expecting and more, the author truly knew what she was writing about. That made her pure effin' awesome in my book.
She developed this story so nicely, put true depth in it, and was able to capture the purest of emotions from the characters.
I was swept up in the story just within the first chapter.
But what really made my heart love this story so much, was that it hit so close to home for. Now, even though my husband is a Marine and has been deployed to Afghanistan, and he did experienced a lot. It nothing like what the main character, Travis, experienced. So, I feel I was really able to get into it and understand it so much more for that reason alone.
I got so warped up in the story, I lost sight of everything else until I read the last page.
And I shed tears when I finished this book!
I cried from both sadness and happiness.
Doller gives you so much within the pages of this book, a whirlwind of emotions, and situations only a few will ever truly understand. She made me laugh, smile, rejoice,ache, cry , and feel heavyhearted.
Doller takes us into the world of Travis, US Marine, who just got home from Afghanistan. But he feels more at home with his brothers of the military then he does with his own family.
Travis doesn't leave Afghanistan without a few scars, which as you read more, learn they are much more deeper and darker then he let's on. Travis is trying to overcome what had happen back in the deserts of Afghanistan, where he fought, grew and found who he was, but also lost something dear.
However, being home with a family that is slowly falling apart, isn't helping Travis overcome his grief of the war, no, it's making his burden harder to bear.
One night, Travis meets someone from his past who literally punches her way into his life. Opening him up and realizing just how deep his hurt runs. Harper Grey- a strong female, with a spunky attitude finds a way into Travis troubled life, giving him a peace of mind he has longed for since he returned to American soil.
Together, they find each other, and heal each other's wounds. And a simple friendship fastly blooms into love, changing both characters.
So many moments in this book, give me the feeling up being surrounded by adorable kittens :) Warm and fluffy emotions.
I really loved Doller's characters, each are so real. With my experience of being married to a Marine who was deployed to Afghan, (which changes every man, even just a little) I felt so much for Travis and saw him as such a real young man, he made mistakes, but he was real. And Doller did such an amazing job portraying that. Then you have Harper, and boy I love her. She comes into Travis' life by literary punching him in the face :) Harper was so strong and so brilliantly created, perfect for Travis.
Harper and Travis' story is so heartwarming. Something Like Normal will grap you by your heartstrings and won't let you go.
The only thing I didn't like, was that it was too short.... Yup, that's my only compliant... :)
I definitely recommend this book.
A beautiful and heart moving read.
A great book to cuddle up with on a stormy day.