OKAY, Something More #2 (Normal Book 2)

OKAY, Something More #2 (Normal Book 2)

by Danielle Pearl

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BN ID: 2940046539950
Publisher: Danielle Pearl
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 125,089
File size: 640 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Danielle lives in New Jersey with her husband and two delicious little boys. She is a life-long book enthusiast and has been writing ever since she could hold a pencil. Normal is her debut novel.

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OKAY, Something More #2 (Normal Book 2) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abuse -- child abuse, spouse abuse, date rape -- is hard for adults to overcome. It is even more so for teens. Nicely written book about survivors. It offers hope, not of normalcy, but of surviving and hoping to thrive after abuse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read that you won't likely forget
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story the try fought together it was ruff but they did it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unsure if it is for young readers, althoigh young adults today are more sexual I hope they learned something from it about being honest with one another. The story was engrossing and well written. CB
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
The conclusion to the Something More series was filled with heartbreak, drama, and ultimately hope. Okay picks up right where Normal left off, and we watch as Rory and Sam navigate their new relationship (or lack of) status. It was definitely the most angsty of the books and the misunderstandings and lack of communication were frustrating. The story is told from both Rory and Sam's points of views and as before, I enjoyed being in both their heads. It did also make me want to scream at both of them though, since unlike them, I knew what the other person was doing/feeling. Sam surprised me in this book, not just because of the lengths he was willing to go to keep his promise to keep Rory safe, but also the vulnerability that he displayed each time he laid his feelings on the line. His interaction with Rory's childhood friend, Chip, felt true and the insecurity he felt during their conversations made him more endearing. His anger felt over the top at times, and I think it could have been toned down a bit, but probably the only thing I could have done without about Sam's character was his supposed long list of hook-ups and sexual conquests. I don't mind that he's had experiences and I know that it made the fact that he had true feelings for Rory more significant, but I still would have preferred to not know that his exploits have been constant and plentiful since he was 13. Again, these things were vital parts of his story, but I just felt that they were a little over the top. Although the book did feel a little longer than it needed to be, I was happy with the journey of our characters and felt that the story really came full circle. I liked that not only was Sam and Rory's story resolved, but also that the family relationships were also headed down the right path. Whether or not those aspects will have a HEA remains unknown, but I liked that those story lines had some kind of resolution. The epilogue was wonderful too and delivered one of the swooniest Sam lines of the whole series. I would love to eventually see another book/novella that shows Sam and Rory further into the future and am excited to read about Tuck and Carl in their book, In Ruins. Overall, I really enjoyed this series and the characters and definitely recommend it! *Many thanks to the author for providing this ARC free of charge*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put them down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved loved loved, give us more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love love this series!
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
As it has been almost six months since I read Normal, I did two things before I began Okay: (1) I put my box of tissues right next to me, and (2) I reread the final chapter of Normal to reorient myself to the story. Thankfully for my sinuses, I only needed one tissue and my decision to reread the final chapter was invaluable because it not only put me back in Rory’s mindset and the helplessness/hopelessness of her situation, but Okay picks up right where Normal ended – it opens with the note Rory left to break things off with Sam.  Now don’t assume that because I used far fewer tissues while reading Okay that it was not an emotional of a journey. It was. But because we’re already aware of what Rory suffered and this book focuses on how Rory and Sam move on after the events in Miami, the emotions are more of a positive nature than the devastating ripping-your-heart out ones I experienced as we learned of Rory’s past during Normal. But it’s not all sunshine and roses either because in their course to protect one another, Rory and Sam nearly destroy their relationship and it’s not an easy thing to watch.  Still harboring the guilt over Cam’s death and the misconception that she’s to blame for her abuse at Robin’s hands, Rory tells Sam she cannot handle a relationship with him after all. By trying to protect Sam from Robin and the chaos that is her life, she pushes him away because she decides it’s better to have him alive as her friend than dead as her boyfriend. This is the level of fear that Robin and his threats continue to instill in her. And because Sam loves her so much, he attempts to return to being just friends and it’s not an easy thing for him to do (or me to watch as his heart breaks). But because Sam is a natural-born protector, he continues to do what he can to watch out for her. Even knowing just how much Sam loves Rory, I was still stunned by the lengths to which he was willing to go to protect her. I never expected him to call the person he hated the most in order to insure that Robin got what he deserved. But even that didn’t compare to the gut-punch Sam got when he followed that person after their first meeting. Poor Sam had his world turned upside down so many times in this book it’s a wonder the man stayed sane.  As I said earlier, Okay was just as emotional of a read as Normal, but thankfully it didn’t hurt my heart as deeply. Because this installment is told from both Rory and Sam’s points of view, the heartache they both experience in their attempts to protect one another is front and center. It is painful to see, yet inspiring to watch two people who are young in years (but sadly not in life experiences) willing to sacrifice their personal happiness to insure the safety of the person they love. There were a couple of times when Sam’s reactions to Rory’s actions seemed out of character, but when I sat back and thought about it they were actually perfect reactions for a man his age – especially a man who had never been in an actual relationship. It was a reminder that Sam wasn’t perfect. What Sam was though, was perfect for Rory. We also got to see Rory begin to heal more emotionally. THE phone call and THE box are what made me cry and I was so happy for Rory that she received them. That she was able to reconnect with some people from her hometown and learn that they never stopped believing her, supporting her, or loving her was vital to her and shored up her defenses in ways she never expected. Even though I may have hurt for both Rory and Sam as they found their way to their “okay,” I am so glad that I got to take this journey with them because despite the pain, the sadness, and the heartbreak, there was far more happiness, healing, and laughter. Rory and Sam are a couple that I have enjoyed spending time with, even if theirs wasn’t the happiest of stories to read. I do hope to go back and read ReCap as this is one of those times that I would really like to see how the story played out from the other person’s perspective – Sam’s. As I understand it, Ms. Pearl plans to continue the series, so I look forward to catching up with Sam and Rory again even if they aren’t the focus of the next book.  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
Words cannot express my love for the first book in this series, Normal. So I literally counted down the days until the release of Okay.  Not kidding. I really did. Sam and Rory’s story was so moving. And I knew I needed to continue their story. While worried, I had faith in their love and all it was capable of. Their love truly attests to not only the power in love, but in the resiliency of the human heart and spirit. “I know, deep in my bones, that if there is such thing as soul mates, then Sam is that for me.” Okay picks up where Normal left off. That letter shattered Sam’s heart. He is left confused as the one person who he loves more than anyone else continues to push him away. As he pushes harder with his love, Rory pushes against him because of her love for him. She allows her insecurities of her past to take over. She feels that she can only bring him pain, heartache, and trouble. But Rory doesn’t understand that Sam needs her to breathe. That without her, pain is constant. And she is the only healing for his broken heart.  “Love is scary. But not as scary as living without the one person who makes your life worth living.” Life isn’t the same for Rory and Sam after what happened on their trip.  My heart shattered for them both. You felt how much it hurt for them to be apart. You feel the huge sense of loss. Rory and Sam never knew how lost they truly were until they found each other. Rory, a girl so consumed by her past never thought she was going to be normal. But because of Sam she learned how to open her heart, her mind, her spirit. And because of Rory, Sam learned that even in darkness, light is possible. And his light for Rory would forever burn. “Sam is my anchor.” If you truly thought you understood the depths of their love, you truly have no idea of that until you’ve read this book. No. Idea. Their love was magical, powerful, spellbinding. Despite them being apart, their love never wavered. Never faltered. Their love was constant.  If anything it felt stronger. So much happens as their journey continues, and I do not want to spoil it for any reader. Once again, the author takes you on their journey. And putting down the book will not be an option. Every character will touch you in many ways.  “I am lost to him. I never want to be found.” The writing was seamless. This time around the author brilliantly added another level to her style of writing as she fully immersed us in Sam and Rory’s story and all they faced to overcome. There was a lot of growth in the characters in Okay compared to Normal. Rory lives a life of guilt. Over her past. Over her present. Over the future she should have with Sam. You feel her inner struggle to deal with it while loving Sam with her entire being. You will feel her desire for him. And that right there is when you understand her reasoning for everything. You are not reading her story, you are living her story as she is. “And while her heart has a past, mine has known only her, will only ever know her.” There are books that you read. And there are books that stay in your heart. Okay is THAT book. It’s touching, heartbreaking, yet moving. It is a story of love, loss, and hope. It reminds you that no matter what obstacle, life puts in your way, always believe in love. For love knows no boundaries, it shatters them. Rory is a character that will remain in my heart because of her bravery and her will not only to live again, but to love. And she loved loudly. And Sam? My love for him is forever. He loved a broken girl through shattered pieces. He loved her until she was whole again. And he just loved her more. I am forever grateful to this author for bringing such a story like this into my life. Love always. Love hard. Above all things, always choose love. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it!
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing finale to Rory and Sam's beautiful, heart touching love story. Even though I love Sam, my heart still breaks for Cam. I was very glad to see Danielle Pearl allow Cam to have a place in Rory's heart, although Sam is the love of Rory's life. That a part of Cam would always be a part of Rory. This second book is definitely all about watching the process of what Rory and Sam struggle through to bring healing to their lives as well as their hearts. With their family's as well each other. And I also loved seeing them both grow and heal in their relationship with each other. And for their own self-healing. But at times I did scream at them for their failure to commutate with each other, but I'm happy to say by the end of the book that they learned how important this was in their relationship, to build trust between them. That they didn't have to hide their hearts’ desires from one another in order to protect each other. I was also glad that Rory realized that life and the world is unfair sometimes and that something's can't be figure out. And for Rory that is why she had to go through what happened to her with Robin. But mostly that she realized she wasn't the blame herself and that she didn't cause it to happen. And that she let all the “what ifs” between her and Cam go. Like the book’s title, her life wasn't prefect, not even normal, but that it's enough just to be okay. I would recommend that you read to first book Normal before reading Okay, because like I said, this book puts all the healing pieces together for Rory and Sam from the first book. And I do recommend the Something More series as must read. But be warned: it is a beautiful break and touch your heart forever love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Danielle Pearl does not disappoint with this book, it is a must read. I can't wait to see whats next by this wonderful Author. Keep writing so i can keep reading!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely an amazing book! Danielle Pearl conclusion to Normal is beautifully written and emotionally filled from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did not disappoint. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Normal, the first book in this series about a month ago and could not wait to find out more about Rory and Sam. Thankfully my wait was not too long and Okay was well worth the wait. It is exactly what I hoped for and more. Danielle Pearl has done such a wonderful job with this heartbreaking topic of abusive relationships and spun it into something that every woman young and old should read and be aware of. I can't wait for the next installment in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago