Very Nearly Normal by Hannah Sutherland

I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour today for this wonderful book. Thanks so much to Avon Books for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

About the Book:

Effie’s not perfect. Neither is Theo. But together, they’re pretty close.

Matilda ‘Effie’ Heaton has always felt like she’s swimming against the tide. Everyone around her has life sorted, but Effie’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 people’s stories.But then she meets Theo, who knows only too well that life isn’t something to take for granted.

Because Theo has a life-changing secret, and as Effie starts to realise that she’s falling in love instead of falling apart, fate steps in and deals her a new hand. And this time, the stakes are high.

A gorgeous, heart-breaking read for fans of Jojo Moyes and Gail Honeyman.

My Review:

It’s actually difficult to even do this book justice in a review.It’s more than just a romance, the characters are a little bit different, and so is this book. It’s quirky and funny, heart-warming but heartbreaking.

Effie has a lot of issues, but I couldn’t help liking her. Theo I liked instantly. They seem so ill-matched, but somehow they just fit together.

This book is poignant and beautifully written, with rich imagery that really pulls you into the story, but it’s also very funny. Not in a madcap, funny events, sort of way, but in the dynamics between the two main characters. Effie has a dark sense of humour and is very self deprecating, and Theo has some great comebacks.

There are some genuine laugh-out-loud moments in this book, which wasn’t what I was expecting. Even Elliot, the cat, is funny and quirky!

I was totally captivated by this beautiful book, and absolutely enjoyed it so much. Highly recommended.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the Author:

Hannah Sunderland was born and bred in Sutton Coldfield, north of Birmingham, where she still lives with her menagerie of animals. She has a BA Hons degree in Fine Art and now runs her own business, a company that makes props for crime scene reconstruction.

She inherited the writing gene from her father. She has an obsessional love of stationery, cats and Sour Patch Kids. The writing bug set in when someone handed her a notebook and she realised that she could create a world within it. Her claim to fame is playing Tree #4 in her year one school play.

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