Shortly after reading the first book in the Normal series, I realised that author Holly Bourne was releasing the second. So I immediately put in a preorder with Amazon, luckily for me it wasn’t that long until it was released!
As with ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ it was a quick read as I was completely engrossed in the story, although this time fully based on Amber, the tall awkward ginger friend that Evie met in the first few chapters of the first book.
The writing is, as you expect, similar to ‘Am I Normal Yet?’. As Evie was battling her OCD, Amber is struggling to reunite with her mother. A story which pulls at your heart as you get snippets of their past. Sometimes for a story to successfully make you understand what the character is going through it needs to go back and show you what they have already experienced.
“Failure is never getting hurt. Because that means you’ve not done anything you cared about.”
During this story, Amber struggles to separate the fantasy she’s created from the reality. She hasn’t seen her mother in two years and has all of these plans of how her reunion will go, so when it doesn’t seem to go that way, and her mother isn’t like she remembers, Amber has trouble dealing with it. This can be quite irritating at times, having the character be so whiny about things you yourself would never complain about.
Basically, my opinion on this book is that I was invested in Amber’s character through Evie’s eyes, but if this was the first book I would definitely have not wanted to read the sequels. I’m hoping that the third installment of the series, ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do?’, will be better as it follows the story of Lottie, a highly intelligent and sexually confident teenager.