5 stars · Viki's review

Review ‘Strangely Normal’

Title: Strangely Normal
Author: Tess Oliver
Series: Standalone
Genres: NA, Romance, Contemporary, Music
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A unique summer job lands eighteen-year-old Eden Saxon into a lifestyle completely different than her own. She becomes a companion for nineteen-year-old Finley King, the daughter of a rock legend. Finley suffers from severe anxiety, and her father fears her being alone. Eden leaves her loving, but wildly dysfunctional, parents and dreary apartment and enters a world where no luxury is overlooked. She instantly adores Finley and her charming, quirky personality. The whole situation has only one flaw– Finley’s older brother, Jude. Jude King is cocky, arrogant and irritating. Unfortunately, he’s also completely irresistible. Eden realizes she’s underestimated the depth of Finley’s problems, and suddenly her dream job turns out to be a lot more than she’d expected. Eden soon finds herself in over her head… and her heart.

My Thoughts

The first book I read from Tess Oliver but after this more of this got on my reading list. This story is funny but deals with a serious topic. I really like how these two sides of the story interviews and creates a beautiful and enthralling story. This is the re-imagination of the well know popular, rich guy falls in love with the ordinary girl topic.

Eden had a challenging childhood. Her parents themselves were practically kids when she was born and never really grown up even since then. They are flighty, live in run-down apartments, always hungry and never have enough money. His father attitude regarding work is quite strange. Eden is the parent figure for her two little sisters. So she has every reason to be upset with them. Yet she loves them dearly even when their every move just creates more obstacles for the girl. Eden is really honest, understanding, patient and caring. She is perfect for the job she gets in the beginning of the book.

Finley’s character is really loveable and cute. Her problems are easily overlookable and even forgettable if she is among her family. Her actions and behavior reminds me more of a little girls than a 21 years- old.
Then there are Cole and Jude. They are the two sides of a coin. Cole is carefree and happy where Jude is the distant, artistic but harsher and darker personality. What they can agree on is their devotion toward Finley.

As the plot progresses Eden starts to tore down Finley limitations. As she shows the girl that one mistake that’s not even her fault doesn’t mean she has to hide away from the world then things start to change kind of rapidly.
The connection between Eden and Jude is really cute yet the romance doesn’t divert the focus from the important events. Then a huge chasm forms between them which scared me that they won’t be able to overcome this.

There is so much emotion in the story and the plot is so beautiful and pure. This is a simple book as the cover perfectly represents it. But sometimes less is more and I absolutely loved this one. My only problem with it is that it is too short. i could have read it for ages.
This one is a nice and easy read.


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