Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Travis returns home for a break after his year in Afghanistan where his best friend died, having nightmares and PSD. His parents are having issues, his brother is dating his ex-girlfriend, and he keeps seeing Charlie, his dead buddy, everywhere. When he sees Harper, a girl whose reputation he ruined in middle school, he realizes that he’d like her forgiveness.
This is such a well written story, Harper and Travis feel and sound so real. I bought this on my Kindle when it was featured on Daily Cheap Reads. It has since gone up in price, but is worth the regular price. I will look for more of Ms. Doller’s work in the future. I like the new genre that has sprung up—college kids rather than high school or full adults.
There are amazing descriptions that make beautiful word pictures:
“stars freckle the night sky,”
“she lowers the volume from highway to city,”
“This uniform might impress girls, but it’s uncomfortable. Especially compared to my cammies, which were sandblasted to a salty faded softness.”
“I’m seriously hungry. Concave hungry.”