Title: How To Be A Normal Person
Author Name & Publisher: T.J. Klune (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 16, 2015 – 290 pgs
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?
So you get Gus with this book who is snarky but at the same time so funny. He owns a video store and some buildings in his town that had originally been owned by his father. He meets Casey and the sparks between these two you could really feel how much they were drawn to each other.
So I would definitely call this a sweet romance and a slow burn.. Don’t go into this book expecting a lot of steam or hot scenes because realistically with Casey being asexual that would be something they may work up to.
I think the way the author portrayed these characters was awesome and you get the laughs you usually get with TJ Klune’s books. So when I say it is a slow burn I mean most of this book is them building up to a relationship and honestly I thought the way it was done was perfect. You also meet so many characters that had me laughing so much and the ending I really wanted to know ugh lol.
So all together I really loved this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.
He lives with a neurotic cat in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. It’s hot there, but he doesn’t mind. He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.