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Striving for Normal (Striving Series Book 1) by [Mooney, B.L.]
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About the Author

B.L. Mooney started writing when the voices and storylines in her head ran out of room. They were getting too cramped and neither B.L. nor the characters could take it anymore, so she did the only thing she could do—she made room. She always knew she wanted to write, but vowed to make time for it later. Now that she’s made time for writing, most everything else falls to the wayside. That seems to suit the characters that keep popping up in her head just fine. B.L. lives in the Midwest, and her other talents include in-demand cookies, a very dry sense of humor, and stealth eavesdropping. Some mannerisms, attitudes, or twists come from random sentences picked up while passing by strangers. So speak up the next time you have something to gossip about. You never know, it may just end up on the pages of the next book you read.

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  • File Size: 1144 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Twisted Books LLC (August 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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This is an honest review and I purchase this book. I am not a blogger. The story is about Drew and her past abuse with an ex named Craig and two supporting characters Mark and Terri. The book does deal with mental, emotional and sexual abuse so it is pretty dark and edgy and not recommend for younger reader. Where to start...I struggled with this book because it was boring and I found myself NOT caring about Terri and I know I should have. I am even struggling with this revivew because I couldn't put my finger on what exactly was wrong with the book. The story starts out Drew is in therapy after escaping her ex's abuse but not w/out trauma an battle scars. She has a close relationship with Terri and Mark and is working on making her life normal (hence the title). There were a few twist I guess?? Drew finds herself recently employed in a preschool/charter school and catches the eye of one of the kid's father. Here is were it starts to fall apart. At the same time she is hooked up on a blind date with Terri and Marks friend and Drew sorta has a relationship with this person (sorta because she can't decide if she wants one or not. Here is where it fell apart. Drew is harassed by the father of one of the kids she teaches at this school and it is really bad harassment. Uses the daughter to manipulate Drew into situations, traps her in her offices, touches her inappropriately and NO one really does anything about it...except the sorta boyfriend who gets into a fist fight with the stalker right in front of the school!! And yet Drew is attracted to this jerk because she is damaged from her relationship with Craig. Cue the eye roll.

There are some other twist and a sorta shocking ending (not really but just in case you are shocked) and when it was over I was glad.
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I give this a solid 4.5 Stars.

Striving for Normal is a wonderful read. The story line is so realistic. I mean how many of us can say we haven't dated or married a man that was ultimately our downfall? Here you have a normal college girl that gets caught up in a relationship with a charismatic ass. It's easier for someone to see from the outside looking in. Craig would have made a wonderful advertising exec. Putting a perfect spin on things to make you WANT, or ACCEPT what you have because that's the best you're going to get. We would consider it emotional abuse today, and unfortunately for Drew she gets out too little too late. Hence her relationship with her shrink...I love the fact that so much of the story revolves around that relationship. She needs his help and really tries to accept what he attempts to show her. The characters are so realistic, you can picture them living in your neighborhood. Drew is a wonderful loving friend who runs a daycare. Dennis is kinda the perfect boy next door that one tends to overlook. Carl is the alpha, I'll take what I want, when I want, and won't let anyone stand in my way, kinda guy...Craig, well we went over that. He's the ass. Terri and Mark, they're the best friends, the ones who take care of and nurture Drew.
The title really is the epitome of the story-line. Drew is just striving to lead a normal, mentally healthy life, learning to trust herself and her decisions all over again. This isn't a hot, steamy, sex laden read. It's a wonderful story with loads of drama, angst, and a touch of sexy to spice it up. But the drama and angst don't overpower the storyline, they enhance it. B.L. Mooney did a wonderful job of melding the past and present with flashbacks, and the twists and turns of the book just kept me enthralled. I will make sure that B.L. Mooney stays on my list of Must-have authors.
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Striving for Normal is the brilliant story of a young, driven woman, Drew, and the struggles she faces in trying to re-build her life, making herself whole and “normal” again after suffering a harrowing past at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend, Craig.

Drew struggles to find herself, and struggles to accept that she is complete enough, and worthy enough to be loved.

It is because of these insecurities that Drew feels herself too broken to experience a “normal”, loving relationship with the trustworthy, “good guy”, Dennis.

Dennis is a man who worships Drew and puts everything she wants, needs and desires before everything else.
Yet will her own insecurities and self doubt force Drew to turn away from Dennis, a man she views herself inferior to, and into the arms of Carl.

Carl isn’t necessarily a “bad guy”. He is struggling with his own demons, but he is a very dominating, very pushy and manipulating man.
In fact, he is so much like Craig it terrifies Drew. But it is this similarity that pulls Drew to Carl. She understands manipulation and finds it an easy pattern to fall back into. Is this really what she wants though? Will it mean that she is forced to push Dennis away forever, as the negative attraction to Carl proves too much? Will she push away her dream of a happily ever after?

Whichever decisions she makes, Drew has the unwavering, continued love and support of her two best friends and therapist. Together they provide a strong support network and help Drew face her demons head on, giving her the courage to survive all that life throws at her.

I absolutely loved this book. All the characters are well developed and the plot is exciting, believeable and pulls on your emotions.
You are left thinking “what next?
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