Review – Faking Normal by Courtney C Stevens


September 20, 2015 by ceresbooksworld

faking normal




Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer by her backyard pool. Instead, she hides in her closet, counts the slats in the air vent, and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox—”the Kool-Aid Kid”—moves in with the Littrells after a family tragedy, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in this quiet, awkward boy who has secrets of his own. As their friendship grows, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her summon the courage to find her voice and speak up.


My review 

This is a story of two broken hearts that need to learn how trust each other. From the very beginning of the book, I knew what happened to Alexi, but the only question I had was who? I was totally immerged in the story even with all that happened to Alexi and Bodee.  The book is not so sad, the subject is well approached by the author.

Alexi is a young broken girl; she’s punishing herself for what happened during the summer. Nobody knows, but she’s trying to be herself with her friends while hiding in her closet during the night and compulsively scratching her neck. She has some really good friends, which is a good thing, even if they don’t know what happened to her. She’s psychologically traumatized, ashamed and feels dirty.

Bodee lost his mother; she was killed by his own father, right in front of him. He feels guilty because he was there, but couldn’t do anything to stop her from being murdered. He’s kind, generous and protective. After Bodee’s mother’s death, he moves into Alexi’s house. He becomes a true friend to her and her biggest supporter. He doesn’t talk much, but he understands her life better than she realizes. It’s a very sweet romance that grows between two completely different people who give each other the strength and courage they need.

This story is incredibly well written, it’s poignant and it contains a mystery regarding the identity of Captain Lyrics. This character is important in the story for Alexi because his lyrics match her mood swing perfectly; these lyrics become a kind of sanctuary for her.

It’s an amazing story of two broken people who support each other; it’s a story of trust, friendship and love. This book is just so good.

Courtney C Stevens shows a lot of different emotions in her book that are very well balanced. It might change your way of thinking about the subject. She describes the feelings of Bodee and Alexi, gradually pushing and encouraging her characters to face their demons. I like her writing style, it’s fluid and very easy to read, even with a difficult subject like this one.

It’s always incredible to read books about young teenagers who suffer from abuse, they are so realistic and even if the subject of this one is sad, this books is full of life, love, friends and family.

If there is one book that you must read on the subject, it is this the one, and I have only one thing to say :

“Channel your brave and be strong”




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This review was published on Inks and Scratches for june 2015 issue.




One thought on “Review – Faking Normal by Courtney C Stevens

  1. Genea says:

    Thank you for your review. I have this book, but worried it might be too sad and I wanted to be in the right frame of mind to read it. Sounds like it might be a lot easier to read than I would expect.

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