'Heart warming and heart breaking - you will need tissues!' Hello!
A spellbinding young love story of hopes, dreams and sacrifice, for anyone who loved The Fault in Our Stars or Me Before You.
If it doesn't break your heart, it isn't love . . .
For Maddy, life is all about routine. It has to be, to keep her autistic sister happy and healthy. With just Maddy and her mother as Bee's full-time carers, there's no time in Maddy's life for complications like friends, let alone a boyfriend. So when Maddy meets Albert, the last thing on her mind is falling in love.
Albert has resigned himself to always being a disappointment to his strict father. But then he meets Maddy, and gets a glimpse of what being part of a functioning family can be like - and the tremendous sacrifices people will make for the ones they love.
But are Maddy and Albert willing to make the biggest of sacrifices for each other? Some things, they are about to discover, are outside of their control . . .
Differently Normal is a love story with the biggest of hearts. It shows us that anyone can find love, and anyone has the capacity to love, even when the odds are stacked against them.
Why readers love Tammy Robinson:
'A funny and poignant tale about first love. Tammy Robinson is a natural storyteller' Nicky Pellegrino
'Heartbreaking and heart-warming in equal measures, this novel is about first love and the sacrifices you'll make for the ones you hold close. For fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes' Whakatane library staff
'How I wish I could give more than 5 stars! Reading this book will make you laugh and cry and feel every emotion in between' *****Goodreads reviewer
'If you're after an emotional love story, with real feeling characters, that takes you on a journey of struggles and heartache, I highly recommend this book. Just remember to buy a box of tissues' *****Goodreads reviewer
'I was blown away' *****Goodreads reviewer
Growing up with a single mother and an autistic sister, Bee, has taught Maddy to keep her expectations low. There's no time or money for college, and though she tries to pursue her passion for photography, most of her life is given over to work and caring for Bee. She's certainly not looking for romance. But when Albert, who works at Bee's therapeutic riding stables, notices Maddy, her life takes a turn. Albert is a good guy with problems of his own: his macho, overbearing father routinely bullies and demeans him. He can't wait to leave town, but Maddy can't picture a scenario that would let her leave with him. Still, they enjoy the love that they find, until tragedy intervenes. This is New Zealand author Robinson's first book to be published in the U.S. Unfortunately, flat characters, a predictable plot, and frequent passages of workmanlike prose may distract readers from Maddy and Albert's love story and lessen the impact of the eventual tragedy. Ages 14 up.