Published by : Dreamspinner Press
Author: TJ Klune
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?
Warning!!!!!!!! If you are not ready to laugh out loud, sometimes to the point of tears, then put this book down it is not for you. If, however, you are looking for a story that will grab you from the first page, and keep you turning the pages until the very end, then you really need to pick up How to be a Normal Person by author TJ Klune.
How to be a Normal Person is a contemporary romantic comedy centered on two of the greatest characters I have seen in some time. Gus, whose real name is Gustavo Tiberius has been on his own since the death of his father. His variety of idiosyncrasies has him more closed off than ever and the citizens of the small town in which he lives go out of their way to challenge him. There are four who are close to him, and in many ways have become his surrogate family. Lottie, as well as the We Three Queens, tries hard to make sure that he does not fall into depression. Of course that usually means that they are driving Gus crazy. They usually have him so rattled that the things that come out of his mouth had me laughing like crazy. Of course they are not the only ones to get under Gus’ skin. When Lottie’s nephew Casey shows up things totally spin out of control for Gus.
Casey is a well know writer of young adult books. His stories have brought him a ton of fans that have grown with the addition of the first book’s movie. When he needs time to clear his head and find his muse he heads to Oregon and his aunt Lottie. Casey is also a hipster/stoner who uses pot for medical reasons. His first meeting with Gus had me in stitches. I don’t think I ever laughed so much while reading a book then I did with How to be a Normal Person.
Like Gus, Casey also has his issues. For Casey it is the fact that he is asexual. I loved the way the author has handled this problem. While many authors have used this topic lately, this is the first time that I have seen it done where the characters don’t overcome the problem three quarters of the way through the book. The way Mr. Klune has handled Casey’s asexuality is done realistically. The men pace themselves, moving their relationship along in a way that is comfortable for them, or I should say comfortable for Casey since poor Gus has no clue what so ever about what is going on. In fact, Gus gets his dating advise from the internet, which is another crazy episode altogether.
I really, really loved this book and plan on re-reading it again soon. Fans of this author should make sure to pick this one up, and if you have not yet tried Mr. Klune’s books then How to be a Normal Person is a great place to start.
Reviewed by: Lydia