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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

"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." 

– VOYA

"At it's 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

HONORS

ABA New Voices Spring 2012

Kirkus New & Notable 2012

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2013

YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers 2013

YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners 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