Striving for Normal (Striving Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in Striving Series (3 Book Series)
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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.
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.
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.
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Ever since Craig, Drew has been in sort of a limbo. Read more
This book is about Drew and her past with an abusive ex boyfriend named Craig. Drew attends weekly therapy sessions thanks to him and has the support of her friends she met through... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cutting Muse Blog Review - Laura and Makayla Redmon
Just on a side note, this book is not a typical kind of book I'd normally read. I do have to say I thought the book was very well written. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Verdell82
Complex story, wonderful characters and emotionally charged. Definitely not a quick read. There were times when I felt the characters pain so much that I wanted to put the book... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sharon Davis
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Drew is trying to find a normal life after her volatile relationship with her ex boyfriend who is spending time in jail for pushing her down... Read more
This was a one of a kind book. It was very well written, and the storyline moved along at the perfect pace. I really liked this book, and would definitely recommend reading it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by CNGBookLover
Follow Drew through the ups and downs of her life. Watch her transform and repair her life from a damaged soul into a loving woman. Read morePublished 21 months ago by kim ginsberg
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This isn't the first time I have read from this author! The talent this author had is amazing and just keeps getting better and better! Read more
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