AUTHOR: TAMMY ROBINSON • CATEGORY: YOUNG ADULT / CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 344
NOTE- I requested a copy of Differently Normal from the good people at Hachette Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy please click here.
I was also lucky enough to ask Tammy Robinson a few questions! Click here to see my interview.
For Maddy, life is all about routine. It has to be, to keep her sister with autism happy and healthy. With just Maddy and her mother as Bee’s full-time carers, there’s no time in Maddy’s life for complications like friends, let alone a boyfriend. So when Bee joins a new Riding for the Disabled stable and they meet Albert, the last thing on Maddy’s mind is falling in love.
Some things, she’s about to learn, are outside of our control. Albert has resigned himself to always being a disappointment to his strict father. When he meets Maddy, he gets a glimpse of what being part of a family can be like, and of the tremendous sacrifices that people will make for the ones that they love.
DIFFERENTLY NORMAL is a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, because sometimes it takes letting someone else in to discover who you really are . . .
Tammy Robinson has been compared to the likes of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes. Pretty big shoes to fill right? Well I think she fills them in spades. In fact I have read one Tammy Robinson book and on Nicholas Sparks book, and I know which one I liked best (it doesn’t rhyme with Picholas Larks). The comparisons to Jojo Moyes are warranted. She has the same way of telling a story that deeply beautiful, yet heartbreaking.
I was an absolute blubbering mess at the end of this book, but you know it was good when the first question I wanted to ask the author was “Are you going to write a sequel?” (check out my interview with her to see her answer). Seriously, have your tissues at the ready people because this ending will result in ugly crying. Not gentle tear rolling down cheek Hollywood crying, but snotty nose, puffy eye down right ugly crying. If you read this book and don’t cry you are either a robot or made of stone (or a robot made of stone 🤔). It is sad and brilliant.
Maddy and Alberts relationship give a wonderful sense of hope to the story and reminds you that you can still find light in the deepest of darks. I thought Albert was especially kind and loving considering his up bringing. Oh and Bee! She may not be one of the two main characters, but what Bee brought to the story was phenomenal. You see her personality shine through her disability and it is a beautiful thing. Truly beautiful.
Overall Rating: ☕☕☕☕☕ 5/5 teacups!
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Don’t forget to check out my interview with Tammy here.
Happy reading x