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?
T.J. Klune’s books are a lot of things. They can be emotionally draining, beautiful, gut wrenching, thought provoking, witty, hilarious, crazy, fantastical – whatever they are, I never walk away from one of this author’s books feeling the same as when I picked it up. Basically, they make you feel. Sometimes more than one emotion in the same book (sometimes the same chapter and occasionally the same paragraph…)
From the description of How to be a Normal Person, you can probably guess where the feels come from. Which begs the question, what exactly is normal? Gus desperately wants to find out almost from the very first time he meets Casey. The craziness that ensues in that desperate endeavor is one of the most entertaining reads I’ve picked up in a long time. In true Klune fashion, hilarity is not the only aspect of How to be a Normal Person. I walked away from my time spent with the residents (and visitors) of Abby, Oregon wanting to be best friends with almost all of them, but mostly Gus.
I honestly could go on and on and on… but it wouldn’t come close to the full experience of How to be a Normal Person. I’m not sure why it took me so long to read this one, but I can pretty much guarantee that it will be added to my re-read list. Especially since there’s a sequel in the future. If you have yet to pick up a book by T.J. Klune, you can start here. Or, like me, you can start with Bear, Otter and the Kid, or Wolfsong, or The Lightning Struck Heart, or… anywhere. Just don’t deny yourself any longer. You can thank me later. 😉