Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.
Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.
Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.
But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.
After all, what could possibly go wrong?
I really enjoyed this book. This author has a distinct writing style and I realize it doesn’t work for everyone but I personally adore it. I’ve read books of his that have made me laugh out loud and ones that have made me cry. This book was the best of both worlds. There’s the trademark humor Klune brings to his stories but there were also a lot of scenes that were serious and filled with emotions.
I thought both Gus and Casey were great characters. Neither are the traditional type of characters we usually see in romance novels and that is a good thing in my opinion. Gus is quirky and Casey is asexual. As the story develops they learn about each other’s unique characteristics and they fall in love. The romance is a slow burn and the progression of the relationship felt realistic. There are some great side characters in this and the scenes they are in added some of the funniest parts to the story. Gus’ memories of his deceased father add some of the more emotional scenes and his dad is just as much a side character as the living characters are.
I did this on audio and I thought the narrator was really good. I’ve done a lot of this author’s books on audio and I think his storytelling style works well in this format.
This book is a definite recommend from me. It has a bit of everything. There is some humor and some serious emotions, there are great characters and it is low on the angst and steam levels.
Cover by Reese Dante. I love this cover. I think it fits the story perfectly.
Audible Audio, Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
Published April 15th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published October 16th 2015)
Original TitleHow To Be A Normal Person
Edition LanguageEnglishsettingOregon (United States)