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The Art of Chasing Normal (Chasing Normal Book 1) Paperback – November 10, 2013
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That’s mostly because I loved the main character, Grace Callahan. She’s strong without knowing it. She’s endearing and real. Best of all, she looks at life with a sense of humor and finds ways to laugh at herself, even as everything comes tumbling down around her. Here are a few examples:
“Gravity seemed to take a special interest in me.”
“Even when I made every attempt to stick to a plan, lately, it seemed that chaos popped out of me like a rogue pimple.”
“I sort of hoped to take a break from the whole finding a guy thing. I didn’t like the way it made me feel, like I was that tiny square of cilantro that managed to attach to my teeth almost every time I ate salsa at Mexico Palace – out of place, unwanted. Or just plain gross.”
Grace's story made me laugh and cry and I truly loved every minute I spent with her. She’s a perfect role model for teenagers. She has to deal with real-life problems and social complications, and she does it all with a great attitude. Most adults could learn a few things from Grace.
I enjoyed The Art of Chasing Normal as much as, if not more than, stories I’ve read by John Green and Rainbow Rowell. Highly recommended for every age group.
The Art of Chasing Normal was like a breath of fresh air in an overly polluted world of insta-love and love triangles. It contains a genuinely sweet romance that won't have you rolling your eyes at how quickly the characters fall for each other or pulling your hair out when the girl can't decide between two guys who just so happen to both be madly in love with her (just one amazing guy here).
Grace and Zac have been nieghboors and best friends since they were little. Then all of a sudden Grace starts to notice things about Zac she's never noticed before, like his muscles and how his grin is a little lopsided. Afraid of ruining their friendship Grace tries to keep her feelings a secret until her bottled up feelings become too much and she kisses him at movie night throwing their friendship into unchartered territory.
I liked our protagonist Grace, I could relate to her "peacekeeping" personality; alway sticking to the plan and bottling up emotions to avoid confrontation. Over time Grace learns she can't just bury her feelings for Zac, or her anger towards her best friend Chloe. The one trait that bothered me about Grace was her tendency to over think everything. I know we all do it ( I sure do) but when it kept her from hearing the truth because she was so lost in her own thoughts of what she thought was going to happen, I got really frustrated.
Overall this was a realistic & cute romance that left me wishing I had a guy best friend to fall in love with =)