Very Nearly Normal By Hannah Sunderland
‘Very Nearly Normal’ is the debut novel by Hannah Sunderland.
Matilda â€˜Effieâ€™ Heaton has always felt like sheâ€™s swimming against the tide. Everyone around her has life sorted, but Effieâ€™s living with her parents and crying into a wine bottle at night. The only thing she loves is her job at a bookshop, where she can lose herself in other peopleâ€™s stories. But then she meets Theo, who knows only too well that life isnâ€™t something to take for granted. Because Theo has a life-changing secret, and as Effie starts to realise that sheâ€™s falling in love instead of falling apart, fate steps in and deals her a new hand. And this time, the stakes are high.
If youâ€™re looking for a warm and funny story then I would wholeheartedly recommend this story.
Seen from the perspective of Effie, a sarcastic and moody woman, whoâ€™s upset that sheâ€™s not the successful writer she aspired to be. Instead she lives with her parents, working in a bookshop and she begrudges everyone elseâ€™s happiness. When a Tinder date ends in disaster with a handsome stranger coming to her rescue called Theo and helps her end life through a different lens only to disappear.
I loved this story, the characters are great. Effie is outspoken, fun and completely relatable. Sheâ€™s tried of the falseness of social media and the filters that people put on their lives and wishes she didnâ€™t envy everyone elseâ€™s happiness. She works in a bookshop with with a manager called Arthur and I loved the scenes and banter between the two of them. When Theo comes into Effie, we see a softer side to her, she becomes gentler, more open minded and itâ€™s lovely to see her progress as well as the relationship and Theo makes her value and understand the important things in life.
I also loved Theo, handsome and funny, he helps Effie realise her worth and when he disappeared I did find myself longing for his return.
A quirky and uplifting love story that is filled with funny and relatable characters, with a plot that travels at a lovely pace. â€˜Very Nearly Normalâ€™ is by a new voice in female fiction, a voice that made me giggle at witty dialogue, fun situations and makes you appreciate the smaller things in life.
You can buy â€˜Very Nearly Normalâ€™ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshop.