Cara Sue Achterberg's Practicing Normal is domestic fiction at it's finest. "... maybe being an adult sucks. Maybe being normal is relative." This book was refreshingly honest in a way that I haven't read in a very long time. Practicing Normal forces you to take a hard look at difficult topics that hit suburbia and marriage and parenthood. We are given the opportunity to walk in the shoes of these characters she has created and truly feel what they feel. I personally have no experience with the hardships and situations experienced by the characters, but it made no difference. I could have been any of them, I felt their pain, anger, frustration and love. Life is hard yet wonderful and Achterberg beautifully captures these emotions in this story. This book will make you re-asses your own character. Am I patient enough? Am I honest? Am I forgiving? Am I understanding? Am I too demanding? This is easily a book I won't forget. We all have different struggles and regardless what those struggles are we are all human and deserve to be treated with respect. There is no perfect life or perfect family. I give Practicing Normal 4.5 refreshingly honest stars out of 5! As a self proclaimed book cover lover, I must admit, this isn't one of my favorites. I urge you not to judge this book by it's cover.
Thank you to The Story Plant and NetGalley for giving me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.