Strangely Normal [NOOK Book]

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A unique summer job lands eighteen-year-old Eden Saxon into a lifestyle completely different than her own. She becomes a companion for nineteen-year-old Finley King, the daughter of a rock legend. Finley suffers from severe anxiety, and her father fears her being alone. Eden leaves her loving, but wildly dysfunctional, parents and dreary apartment and enters a world where no luxury is overlooked. She instantly adores Finley and her charming, quirky personality. The whole situation has only one flaw– Finley’s ...
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Overview

A unique summer job lands eighteen-year-old Eden Saxon into a lifestyle completely different than her own. She becomes a companion for nineteen-year-old Finley King, the daughter of a rock legend. Finley suffers from severe anxiety, and her father fears her being alone. Eden leaves her loving, but wildly dysfunctional, parents and dreary apartment and enters a world where no luxury is overlooked. She instantly adores Finley and her charming, quirky personality. The whole situation has only one flaw– Finley’s older brother, Jude. Jude King is cocky, arrogant and irritating. Unfortunately, he’s also completely irresistible.

Eden realizes she’s underestimated the depth of Finley’s problems, and suddenly her dream job turns out to be a lot more than she’d expected. Eden soon finds herself in over her head . . . and her heart.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016469300
  • Publisher: Tess Oliver
  • Publication date: 5/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 12,519
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

    It is no secret that I am a great fan of Tess Oliver. "Stra

    It is no secret that I am a great fan of Tess Oliver. "Strangely Normal" isn't just another wonderful read from her. It is so much more. This book touched me in a special way. It is a case study of how each of us sometimes allow our fears, insecurities etc. to make us feel abnormal or "strange." Even more telling is often it is a stranger, someone outside of our family unit, to bring back our sense of normalcy. Additionally, it was totally refreshing to finally read a YA story where the main character is not rich, sent off to an academy or whose parents are killed off. This story is about a normal girl from humble means who just wants to work hard to accomplish her goals in life.

    Eden Saxon is about to graduate from high school. Her parents are extremely low income and struggle to take care of their family including Eden's younger two sisters. Often times, Eden serves in the role of adult in her family more than her parents do. Yet, she works hard at school, has a good sense of who she is and is just hoping that she will qualify for a few scholarships so that she can work towards her dream of becoming a doctor. Then one day, her counselor, Mrs. Vickers discovers a joint her mother lost in Eden's. Although they do not suspend her, they do not allow her to take part in the graduation ceremony, grad night activities and all of this comes on the day that Mrs. Vickers informs her she will not be receiving any scholarships due to her poor attendance.

    Needless to say, Eden is devastated but she manages to find a way out of her funk especially when Mrs. Vickers tells her about a summer job working as a companion to Finley King, the teen daughter of the lead singers of the legendary rock group Black Thunder. Eden will receive $3,000 a month and free room and board. It doesn't hurt that lead singer, Nicky King, happens to be Eden's father's favorite singer. This just may be the break Eden needs to help finance a year at a junior college.

    When Eden and Finley meet, they become instant friends. Yet, it is clear, Finley has some issues (agoraphobia) that she struggles with. What Eden didn't plan on was the attraction she feels towards Finley's older brooding brother, Jude. Jude is like a quiet storm simmering to explode at any moment and when he does, Eden doesn't hold back her disapproval. She stands her ground with the pride of a queen. Soon, Finley and her other brother, Cole recognize that something more may be percolating in Jude's emotions.

    As Finley and Eden's friendship blossoms, Finley slowly begins taking steps towards moving beyond her former boundaries. But, when one of Jude's former flings tells a boy Finley adores about her condition, all hell breaks loose. Jude takes his anger out on Eden and Eden runs for the hills.

    I do not want to say anymore because I do not want to spoil this read. However, I will say that I truly enjoyed this story. If I had a complaint, it would be that I wanted more. I enjoyed this book so much that I didn't want the story to end. I was emotionally invested. "Strangely Normal" would make a great series. I could easily see a second book that focuses on Finley. What do you say Ms. Oliver?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Omg

    Jude and eden are the best...i have read 5 tess oliver books in thr last 3 days all excelent but each left me wanting a sequel. Please tess give us more of each of these books. This one especially...i see a book about cole and another about finley getting well. Jude and eden need more too!

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    Posted October 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Luke warm

    I'm just feeling a bit luke warm about this. I felt like some areas needed more development. I felt a bit cheated at the end - like everything was tied up in a nice little bow when the throughout the book the author didn't hide the flaws of her characters. But it had excellent length and a completed ending which is a major bonus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Five stars

    This is a great book to read, enjoyed it throughly, great author highly recommand for people to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Good, fast read

    Good, fast read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    I loved this book from the beginning to the end. From Eden's dys

    I loved this book from the beginning to the end. From Eden's dysfunctional but loving family to Some Pig to Finley, with her quirky anxious personality, and of course the magnificently sexy Jude King. 
    All of the characters felt very real to me, and seemed like characters that many people could relate to (okay..maybe not the rockstar life, but the struggles, anxiety, and relationships portion)
    As someone who suffers anxiety, although not on nearly as extreme of a level , I felt like I could relate to Finley. I like that the author shows a character who has been given everything material she could ever want, but she still suffers from anxiety and depression issues like any normal individual would. 

    As for the boys, both Cole and Jude felt like real genuine "boys". No weak, crying, un-guy-like silliness, that I notice in many male characters, just 100% guy, definitely a plus. Cole reminded me of my younger brother, a wild, adrenaline junkie, who fancies himself to be quite the ladies man. 

    Jude on the other hand, had my heart from his first introduction to the story. "The last mirror held the reflection of a shirtless guy with broad shoulders and a muscular back. Sweat dripped down a large, intricate tattoo of Black Thunder's famous black wing logo. The punching bag bounced with each hit"  (Tell me ladies, what is hotter than a guy boxing?!)...Oh I know...maybe a boxer who is ALSO an artist, the son of a rockstar, and an amazing brother to his troubled little sis!

    I loved seeing the relationships between the characters develop, both the platonic and intimate ones. There are definitely some scenes that get steamy!

    I don't want to say anymore and risk spoiling the story for you, but I highly recommend checking this book out! 

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