An edgy, realistic debut novel praised by the New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys, as “a beautiful reminder that amid our broken pieces we can truly find ourselves.”
Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer by her backyard pool. Instead, she hides in her closet, counts the slats in the air vent, and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does—and deal with the trauma.
When Bodee Lennox—“the Kool-Aid Kid”—moves in with the Littrells after a family tragedy, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in this quiet, awkward boy who has secrets of his own. As their friendship grows, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her summon the courage to find her voice and speak up about the rape that has changed the course of her life.
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It is so amazing
Faking Normal 💜
A very impactful book that has you cheering for the heroine through her struggles of finding herself and setting herself free. Alexi & Bodee are great for one another, they help each other in their darkest times. This book is very inspirational for those who have been through the same struggles and for those who know someone who has. It also helps to see what someone in those situations go through. I highly recommend this book. I'll be checking more from this author. 💋
This book had me caught from the beginning. The author does an excellent job of immersing us (the reader) into Alexi's life and attaches us to the characters in a way that brings tears to our eyes when they feel joy or pain. It's a quick read but the story content is hard to digest at times.