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- Print Length: 918 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CT4101M
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Something More boxed set: Normal-ReCap-Okay Kindle Edition
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Gah, I love Danielle Pearl’s books! I know YA/NA isn’t everyone’s cuppa, and I’m probably too old to openly admit to loving them, but this is one special story.
Having read and loved In Ruins, I knew I needed to step back in time to read Normal and the rest of the Something More series. Danielle Pearl has a wonderful writing style and her books easily draw you into the lives of those who live within her stories.
This book tells the story of Aurora “Rory” Pine as she starts a new school with, what we quickly come to realise, a whole host of emotional problems and baggage. Her first day isn’t without its challenges as she’s late for her first class and she realises that her new start is going to be a lot more difficult than she anticipated. That is until Sam stumbles across her outside of her classroom. Sam immediately sees the distress in her eyes and despite her smiling face, he realises that she needs his help. It’s apparent to us, and Rory, that Sam is immediately able to calm Rory and soon he becomes her anchor as she stumbles through her days whilst trying to avoid any possible triggers brought about by her old life.
Once one of her old school’s most popular students, Rory is determined to hide herself away and to ensure that her looks and behaviour don’t bring about, even more, problems for her. Rory doesn’t expect to know anyone at her new school but realises on her first day that this isn’t the case and she comes face to face with her childhood friend, Carleigh “Carl” Stanger and together, with her friend Tina. Carl and Tina know that Rory is hiding something but the only person she seems to be able to relate to and open up to, in part, is Sam.
As the story progresses, we swap from the past to present as we start to piece together what has happened to Rory a few years before to make her the broken girl that she is today. This part of the story isn’t an easy one to read, nor are the emotional outbursts that we witness when one of her painful memories are triggered. Whilst you can start to guess where Rory’s story is heading there are also a number of other shocking revelations along the way.
This really is a story of two sides: from the sweet bond Rory shared with Sam, despite their rocky road to happiness, to the darkness that comes from her past, we’re treated to a convoluted but perfectly penned story of hope. Rory is as broken as you would expect from her past encounters but it’s the way that Sam saves her which makes this story a magical one.
As I said above, although I enjoy YA books, this book feels altogether more mature in both its story and behaviour of the key players. It is easy at times to forget the age of the characters as we meld into their lives and live their hopes and dreams. There are emotional highs and brutal lows and overall this story packs a powerful punch as we step into Rory’s shoes.
I’m not sure that Recap will be for me. I don’t tend to connect well with POVs but saying that, the chance of hearing the story from Sam’s perspective may be too tempting. That said, I may read that after I recover from the cliffie at the end of Normal. Thank goodness Okay is available now or I’d scream in frustration! I need Rory and Sam to find their HEA, oh and for Rory’s ex and her father to experience the pain and suffering that Rory has had to endure!
The third story Normal was told from a dual perspective, Rory and Sam. We also see all the repercussions from the Miami trip. It was wonderful to see Rory growing stronger and more of a normal teenage girl, by the end of this book. This was a gripping account the rape and sexual abuse of a teenage girl, and how it affected all aspects of her life. Nerveless it is a story of hope and happiness.
It's not a easy read at times due to the issues that are dealt with through out the series. It was a emotional read, I really felt everything the characters went through. I am so glad I was able to read all three books as I did'nt want to stop reading, I was very invested in the characters getting that HEA they both deserved. The books are well written and the story has a good pace. I'll certainly be checking out other books by the author.
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