Hi and Happy Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine to showcase books we can't wait for!
This week's pick is:
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
June 19, 2012
A powerful debut novel about a young Marine's return home from Afghanistan and the new life and love he finds while fending off the ghosts of war.
When Travis Stephenson returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are on the brink of divorce, his brother has stolen his girlfriend and his car, and nightmares of his best friend getting killed keep him completely spooked. But when he runs into Harper Gray, a girl who despises him for trashing her reputation with a middle school lie, life actually starts looking up. As Travis and Harper see more of each other, he starts falling for her and a way through the family meltdown, the post-traumatic stress, and the possibility of an interesting future begins to emerge.
His sense of humor, sense of his own strength, and incredible sense of honor make Travis an irresistible and eminently lovable hero in this fantastic and timely debut novel.
Other than the fact that I'm not a fan of the cover, I'm so excited for this book! First of all we have a male main character! Even if he isn't the narrator he's still a guy. I love it when authors go for the male perspective. Plus a guy that's a marine? Yes, please! You don't see many contemporaries about people returning home in YA.