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Trish Doller
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Something Like Normal

Trish Doller



Children's & Educational;
General fiction (Children's&YA)


240 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK -----  Examines the effects of war on a young man who is not yet emotionally mature. Lindy


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 humour, and incredible sense of honour, make him an irresistible and eminently loveable hero.

By:   Trish Doller
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   196g
ISBN:   9781619631465
ISBN 10:   1619631466
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   September 2013
Recommended Age:   From 14
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

TRISH DOLLER has worked as a newspaper reporter and radio personality and is now a bookseller. Something Like Normal was her debut novel. She lives in Ft Myers, Florida with her husband, two dogs, and two mostly grown children. Also, Trish has about a dozen Marines she'd like to adopt.

Doller debuts with a timely novel that carves new ground... She addresses post-traumatic stress disorder with honesty and a light touch, making Travis's experience both personal and relatable. Publishers Weekly, on Something Like Normal An affecting look at the experience of one teen soldier's experience on leave from Afghanistan... At its heart, this too-timely novel is purely honest. Kirkus Reviews, on Something Like Normal Doller's debut novel effectively captures the haunted and hallucinatory feeling of a damaged soldier returning home. Horn Book, on Something Like Normal A FABULOUS contemporary debut novel. You will want to read this one. The Story Siren, on Something Like Normal About 80 pages into this book, I had to stop reading and email Trish to thank her for writing it... It reminds me so much of the experiences we've been through, I swear Trish was spying. Forever Young Adult, on Something Like Normal

  • Commended for Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee 2013
  • Short-listed for Best Books for Young Adults (YALSA) 2013
  • Short-listed for Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (YALSA) 2013
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