When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller was released yesterday, June 19, from Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
"An "affecting" look at one teen soldier's experience on leave from Afghanistan and says readers will be invested in Travis' "poor, shattered soul."
"A compelling look at at the aftermath of a tour of duty in a war zone."
"Amazing. You will smile and sob and when you finish, you will walk away a better you. READ THIS BOOK NOW."
- Lauren Myracle, New York Times Bestselling author of SHINE
"Unflinching, but relatable, Trish Doller's SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL is everything I love in a contemporary novel--fresh characters, hard edges, and a tender love story to balance it all out."
- Suzanne Young, author of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL and A WANT SO WICKED
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