Blog Tour: Normalish by Margaret Lesh!

Name of book: Normalish
Author: Margaret Lesh
Publication: October 5th 2012 by Musa Publishing Euterpe Young Adult 
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Provided by the kind author / tour organizer

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 freshman Stacy. She’d want you to know.

Where to Purchase Normalish:

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California girl Margaret Lesh lives with her husband Steve and son Andrew in a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. Co-creator of, 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.

-- My Rating --

4/5 Cupcakes: Really Liked It.

 -- My Thoughts --

     I absolutely love contemporary novels. Specially YA ones. Since they are exactly fit for my age-group and I can feel so much with the characters. I dove in expecting a light, sort of cliche read. Who knew this book would make me CRY? This book was one heck of a contemporary read! 
     Stacy is at her freshman year in high school, and as she finds out, high school is not all it's cracked up to be. Her best friend has left her, her guy friend is acting a little too weird. Her sister is getting strange everyday. She absolutely hates math. And she does not have a boyfriend. (If you have read so far, you think this is the most typical, all too familiar contemporary read, but it's not)
Maybe I should ask someone I don’t know (because sometimes the truth is easier to take from a stranger).

      We dive into the story as Stacy tries to deal with her chaotic high school life. I have never felt so connected to a contemporary character before. She absolutely reminded me of myself, the challenges I face, the dreams I have, and the choices I make. It was like watching my life unfold in front of me. And it was beautiful to watch. Margaret Lesh has a fabulous writing style, she DID NOT write Stacy. She BECAME Stacy. Like, one and the same person. That was fully unexpected.
“Normal” is all about perception.
     There were some twists and turns in this book that are not in every contemporary read. How Stacy deals with her sister's little strangeness was believable, and the challenges she faces when she find out the truth, were also believable and realistic. There was some part in the book that had ME crying my eyes out! Stacy's depression, her lack of will to live, to do anything, hit a sensitive chord in my heart.
But that’s just the way it is when you’re a fool in love. Or maybe just a fool.

      I loved the emotions I experienced through this novel. I loved the realness of this. Loved the uniqueness and beliefs expressed through this. Normalish is definitely not a normal read! It's extraordinary, abnormal, in the best way possible!

-- Giveaway --


  1. Hi Soma,
    I like your review. You make me want to read more about Stacy.
    Our cultural differences (I grew up in France) and the fact that there is a real difference between our school life always make me smile.

    In France, you go to school to study from 8am to 6pm almost every day without much extra school activities. If you want to play sports, music or art you have to subscribe to a private club outside your school. There is no cheerleaders, no prom night. But there is always drama and heartache due to boys are international.
    I think it will make me smile to read about stacy...Will let you know!


    1. Well, of course.
      My culture is very different , too, from France and America.
      I live in Iraq, but of course, heartache due to boys is INTERNATIONAL! :D


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