When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother's stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he's haunted by nightmares of his best friend's death.
It's not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he's had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again.
Travis's dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.
PRAISE FOR SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL
• ABA New Voices, Spring 2012
• Kirkus New & Nortable 2012
• YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2013
• YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers 2013
• YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound 2014
• Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year 2012
• The Atlantic Wire Best Books of 2012
• Eliot Rosewater Book Award Finalist 2012
• Louisiana Teen Readers Choice Finalist 2012
• Gateway Readers Award Finalist 2012
• Goodreads Choice Nominee 2012
• NPR Best Teen Novels of All Time Nominee 2012
"Doller's debut effectively captures the haunted and hallucinatory feel of a damaged soldier returning home..."
– Horn Book
"Doller debuts with a timely novel that carves new ground out of the saturated teen romance and post-war trauma genres."
– Publishers Weekly
"...a compelling look at the aftermath of a tour of duty in a war zone."
"At its heart this too-timely novel is purely honest."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Amazing. You will smile and sob and when you finish, you will walk away a better you. Read this book now."
– New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle