Normalish

Normalish

by Margaret Lesh

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Overview

Normalish by Margaret Lesh

Fifteen-year-old Stacy questions the strange world of high school, love, her role in a harsh universe, and life, in Normalish.

People tell you high school's so great and wonderful, but they're lying. It's mostly horrible and full of disappointment. It sucks. Your best friend abandons you. The jerk you're in love with pretends to be into you, and then the big dump. The boy you've really clicked with as a friend decides to go all crushy over you, so you break his heart just like yours was--smashed into little pieces. Your sister goes mental, and you get involved with a guy who's even crazier than she is (who you know is a very bad idea, but you do it anyway). Math only adds another stink of failure to the whole thing.

High school blows. Just ask Stacy. She'd want you to know.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692402993
Publisher: StoryRhyme.com Publishing
Publication date: 03/20/2015
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

California girl Margaret Lesh lives with her husband and son in a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. Co-creator of StoryRhyme.com, she writes middle grade, young adult, and women's fiction. When she's not writing, she's thinking about baked goods, especially donuts, far too often. She believes tacos are magic.

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Normalish 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Itll get really weird, but its good at the end Stacy falls in love too fast ( i know shes a freshman) but someone died that really important to her. She cried for a bit... and got another bf. I didnt like how shes constantly looking at guys, like almost everyone that isnt old, little, or taken, its like shes.debating weather or nor theyed be a good kisser. And,so, this one guy with braces kissed her, she hated it. That important person dies, and he gets his braces off, and suddenly hes the most beautiful thing in the world, almost as if it was all the braces making him handsom, and suddenly a good kisser. I gave it 3 stars for that reason. I thought everything else was good. The book didnt have shallow characters. It showed the connection she had with the characters. You can see her life go up and down, how she deals with it, and her realizing ( im sorry if i misspelled that) what life means to her, and weird, deep stuff like that...so...yeah...
JDMC More than 1 year ago
Once I started this book I was hooked to the very end. Stacy's compelling story is written with deftness and a fine, ironic sense of humor that takes the reader on a heart-stirring ride as Stacy learns to deal with all the pains of growing up, including a family member who's gone "mental," having her heart stomped on by the "wrong" guy, facing up to a tragic death, and finally, finding a love worth keeping. This book ranks up there with the very best fiction in the genre. Probably because, for one reason, it reads so true.
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LindaFictionFervor More than 1 year ago
Normalish may seem like an innocent book written to entertain, but there are hidden depths to the ordinary words. There is a story with a message that I believe that every teenage girl should know–that it’s okay to be yourself, that it’s okay to be normal(ish), that no matter how many problems you might have, you can get through them. Something I realized when I was reading Normalish is that I’m not a big fan of average contemporary. The contemporary novels that I like tend to be those deep ones that hook you in and won’t let you go (I’m talking about you, The Fault in Our Stars and If I Stay). But Normalish was…well, normalish. It didn’t hook me in like the others, but I felt a strong pull to the underlying principles that the book was teaching. Although they’re masked by the humorous characters, I could tell that Normalish was teaching me about problems that teenagers might face today: depression, death, the need to fit in, etc. The book is written in a way that makes it seem like nothing’s really happening–probably half of the book is just the protagonist’s musings–but Margaret Lesh was genius at capturing those feelings onto paper. I’m a teenager myself, so I understand Stacy (the main character). I’ve been depressed before. I’ve seen death before. I’ve desperately wanted a boyfriend before (though I am a little embarrassed to admit how much I wanted one, haha). Although I can’t claim that I’ve lost my best friend or that my sister became mentally ill (doesn’t happen to most people, I think), I understand what it’s like to be in Stacy’s shoes. Sometimes it felt exactly like what Lesh was describing. Stacy is hilarious. The way she views the world may seem a little bleak, but I think I can relate to it. Though sometimes I find her obtuse and a little boy-crazy (come on, I totally saw Anthony and Chad coming), I understand that she’s strong for a girl who’s just trying to fight her way through life. A lot of unfortunate things happen to her, but she’s still fighting. Lesh’s writing isn’t particularly enchanting or anything, but I definitely do commend her for managing to write about deep things in what seems to be a funny and generally happy book. That takes skill. Though this isn’t my favorite contemporary book dealing with teenage problems, I do value the life lessons it teaches. I’d recommend this to anyone going through a tough time–someone like Stacy. Maybe after reading Normalish they’ll be encouraged to fight. Maybe they’ll even win in the end and accept/conquer their problems. source: ebook received for review from Xpresso Book Tours
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars     Did I enjoy this book: I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read that felt genuine.  Normalish is basically Stacy's diary of her freshman year of high school. She starts high school when she is 14 years old. Stacy is 15 years old when her year is over. Throughout the year, Stacy maintains the voice of a 14/15 year old freshman. This was refreshing. Too many times in books like these, the narrator ends up being too old for their age. However, Stacy wasn't too old for her age nor was she too young. This could have happened so easily given all of the challenges that she faced in this one year. Ms. Lesh threw some pretty heavy stuff at Stacy and Stacy came through with flying colors.  My favorite characters were Chad and Bobby. Chad was sweet, a great friend, and, from the sounds of it, turned into quite the looker. I felt bad for him in the beginning but he didn't give up. Bobby was all wrong for Stacy but he was also sweet and kind. Another character I really enjoyed was Roman, Becca's boyfriend. For him to stay with her through all of her issues was nothing short of amazing. He was the big brother to Stacy that I think she really needed.  All-in-all, Normalish was well-written and a good story.  Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book.  Will I read it again: I will not read this book again.
CheapAndLazy More than 1 year ago
There were so many things I enjoyed about this book, but having to put it down wasn't one of them. I don't have kids and only occasionally read YA. From those I have read, I wasn't expecting anything this compelling. Perhaps if I'd looked at the Table of Contents (the chapter titles are quite entertaining all by themselves), I might have been prepared, and scheduled my time accordingly. Stacy's voice (first-person) is hard to resist. She's smart and sarcastic, yet not overly so, and no more mature (or immature) for her age than her experiences would lead her to be.  Her dry humor helped me through some of the hard parts (as I suspect it did her), while not much made it easier (for either of us) to get through the most painful parts. She reminded me how intensely we feel things at that age because I felt right along with her. Everything about this story was handled so well--the characters, the dialogue, the emotions (from happy to sad to numb), the pacing, the drama, the relationships, the ending, and everything else I'm forgetting--all of it was well-balanced and felt so right. It's hard for me to believe this is a debut book. I can't wait to buy this for a teen I know. 
LdDewar More than 1 year ago
Packed with teen angst, interpersonal drama, family issues and so much more. Normalish has it all, along with the very real, very snarky, completely enjoyable main character, Stacy. Everything that a typical freshman endures during their first-year in high school is in this book, and it is exactly what my students will enjoy. Normalish is a fun, faced paced read that will not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago