Mini Reviews: Odd One Out, Am I Normal Yet

Hi friends, happy Friday! I’m back again after all of the events of Shattering Stigmas with my regular Friday reviews!

Today I’m reviewing two beautiful looking books…. if I have mixed feelings about one, I adored the second. Oh, also, in case you were wondering? I can’t do mini reviews, so let’s say these are medium-size reviews or something. I think I talk too much?? Oops.

There are no spoilers in these reviews.

Odd One Out, Nic Stone goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

I… I have complicated feelings about this book. Odd One Out was my first read by Nic Stone and it sounded like a fun and diverse contemporary and I’m all here for that. If I had a great time reading it overall, I also had some issues with it.

Told from three point of views in three different parts, Odd One Out alternates between Courtney, a straight black teenager in love with his best friend, Jupiter ; Rae, a biracial Korean/Irish teenager new to the city and questioning her sexuality ; and Jupiter, a biracial black character with two dads, who is into girls. I absolutely loved the diverse cast of this book and how each of them had their own, individual voices thorough the book. I enjoyed them all – I feel like I could relate a bit more and find bits of myself in Rae, but I also really liked Courtney’s voice. I had some issues with Jupiter, though, where some of her actions infuriated me a little bit, to be honest. I also had a small issue with her chapters’ writing, where the narration switched from “you” to “I”.

One thing I appreciated about this book is how complex it was: it showed the complexities of relationships, sexuality, feelings, it deals with labels and talks about how confusing it can be and how it’s okay to be questioning it, to change, to grow, too and I appreciated that so much, because we really need these kind of books.

All of that being said, I had some issues with the way things were handled in this pretty complex love triangle. I had so much trouble with Jupiter’s attitude and her actions at times, though I could try to understand it, I just… I had trouble with it all. I’m not going to expand too much on other points, regarding some biphobia and some lines that just felt wrong and just, never called-out. On that topic, I’d invite you to read Destiny’s review of Odd One Out, as well as Kathy’s review of the book, too. Both reviews are #ownvoices reviews regarding the bisexual aspects of the story and their point of views and issues on that book are important to read, too πŸ™‚

Overall, Odd One Out was still a book I enjoyed reading – it was a quick, entertaining read and I liked the questioning rep a lot, too, but I unfortunately can’t close my eyes on some issues and therefore can’t rate it higher.

My rating : 3,5 drops !

Thank you to Simon & Schuster UK and NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating.

Trigger warnings: kissing without consent, homophobia, slurs, biphobia (not always challenged).


Am I Normal Yet, Holly Bournegoodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

Shout out to my amazing friend Mathieu for sending me this book as a gift and therefore, without knowing it, sending me one of my new favorites.

I have read one Holly Bourne book before and I adored it… so I was eager to read that one. As you might have noticed now and with the Shattering Stigmas event, mental health talks matter a whole lot to me and for that, this book sounded incredible, too. I’m thrilled to say I was not disappointed. This book was AMAZING.

Before getting into this book, please note that this is not an easy read. The main character, Evie, has OCD and anxiety and getting into her mind was really intense. I can’t speak for the OCD rep too much, but I can for the anxiety rep and it felt on point. Evie was relatable, amazing, flawed, REAL and I appreciated that so much. I can’t say it enough, we need books with mental health representation and important discussions about it and I loved that book for it.

Friendship also takes a big place in this story and I adored it, how they were here for each other, how they supported each other, how, despite the little fights, in the end they were always there. I loved that so, so very much. Also, these girls create their own feminism club and there are so many important talks about feminism and issues within the story and that was amazing, too.

My only small issue was that I wasn’t totally on board with the whole romance happening – but I absolutely adored the discussion within about love-curing-mental-illnesses and everything else. But honestly, I adored this book and it is such an IMPORTANT book and if you’re looking for a great contemporary to read just pick up that one please and thank you.

My rating : 4,5 drops!

Trigger warnings: this book can be triggering for some people, as it deals with OCD and has pretty intense moments. It also deals with anxiety.

Also read: this #ownvoices review from the amazing Clara over at The Bookworm of Notre Dame.


Did you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read them?

Do you have any recommendations with an amazing, diverse cast of characters? A book dealing with mental health, too? Always looking out for these.

Let’s chat in comments!

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44 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Odd One Out, Am I Normal Yet

  1. Great reviews, Marie!! Both of these are on my TBR. I’ve been meaning to read Am I Normal Yet for so long. Seeing that you enjoyed it has definitely made me want to read it even more ☺️ It’s a shame that you didn’t completely love Odd One Out, but all the diverse aspects sound amazing!

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    1. Oh thank you so much Lauren, so happy you enjoyed these πŸ™‚
      Am I Normal Yet was SO good, I absolutely loved it. I hope you will, too πŸ™‚
      Odd One Out was an entertaining read, despite the issues I had with it – I hope you’ll give it a try πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh thank you so much Dezzy! ❀
      I hope you’ll end up enjoying Odd One Out – despite the issues, it was still an entertaining read πŸ™‚
      Am I Normal Yet was AMAZING. I loved this book so, very much, really. I hope you’ll read it ❀

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  2. Wonderful reviews, Marie! ❀️

    I’ve heard lots of … not so good things about Odd One Out, but I’m really excited to read Am I Normal Yet, because feminism, and mental illness rep sounds amazing! And I’ve been meaning to read something by Holly Bourne for a while now, so thank you for the reminder. πŸ˜„

    I hope you have a lovely weekend! ✨🌷

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    1. Oh thank you Lily! ❀

      I hope you’ll read Am I Normal Yet soon, it was REALLY GOOD, I absolutely loved it. I also read It Only Happens in the Movies by the author, which was also quite incredible. I can’t wait to read more from her ahhhh. I hope you’ll read it, let me know! ❀❀

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  3. I actually have both of these books on my TBR list. Holly Bourne has been on there for a while, I’ve heard so many amazing things about her Spinster Club series that I need to get around to it soon but as a mood reader there’s just never been a time when I’ve been in the mood to start it you know?
    I’ve heard great things about Nic Stone’s Dear Martin release, so it’s a shame Odd One Out left you with complicated feelings. It sounds like a decent read, with brilliant representation which is always a plus, but it’s a shame about the love triangle (which I never really enjoy reading) and the biphobic aspects too. I may check out a few more reviews before reading this one myself.
    Great reviews Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Oh I get that! I really hope you’ll get into a mood to read this book soon though, it was fantastic and deserves ALL of the hype for sure, I loved it SO much ❀
      I'd recommend checking out a few more reviews to be sure it's a book you'd enjoy πŸ™‚ thank you so, so much Beth ❀

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  4. I have read Am I normal Yet! I loved how feminist it was–in fact, the whole series is excellent. I haven’t read Odd One Out, and because I’m reading less YA these days I suspect I never will, alas! but I enjoyed your review πŸ™‚

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  5. I have had Am I Normal Yet? on my wishlist for literally years, so I am so excited that you enjoyed it! I have heard awesome things about the author in general. Sad about Odd One Out, though at least you did like parts of it The biphobia doesn’t sound good though, eek. I have been on the fence about that one, so I might hold off for now. Awesome reviews!!

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    1. Ohh I’m so excited for you to read Am I Normal Yet. I’d heard so many great things about the book and I am thrilled to say that it lived up to the hype πŸ˜€
      It made me so sad about Odd One Out, so much potential, if only there weren’t these issues :/
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  6. Lovely reviews, Marie. Sorry that you didn’t like the first book as much but I am glad that Am I Normal Yet? stood out to your expectations πŸ™‚ It always feels so special to discover a new favourite. This book is on my TBR too, actually the first book of Holly is on my TBR too πŸ˜› I really hope to read both these books soon.

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  7. I remember picking up Am I Normal Yet in a Waterstones but then I had the situation where you’ve only got so much money and too many books in your hand that you want to buy. So I had to put it down. But your glowing review reminded me of great it sounded and now I want to read it. I don’t think I’ll read Odd One Out. I’m glad about the diversity but I am really trying to avoid love triangles because I am so over that trope…

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    1. Hahaha I get that, this happens to me too! I hope you’ll be able to buy it another time, it’s really worth it. I absolutely loved it ❀
      I get what you mean – if the love triangle trope isn’t for you, I wouldnt recommend that one haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀

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  8. Great mini reviews, Marie! Thank you so much for the link to my review on Odd One Out. β™₯ I’m glad you enjoyed it more than I did, but I also feel super validated by the fact that you also had some mixed feelings on it. I’m glad you loved your second read, though – I’ll have to add that one to my TBR!

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    1. Thank you so much Destiny, I’m happy you liked them ❀ And you're so welcome, I'm happy I could link to your #ownvoices review there, thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book! ❀

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    1. Ahah I get what you mean, it was… well it was a bit bothering to read at times haha. I was glad about the diversity though and the themes and questioning rep, though πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  9. I’ve seen “Am I Normal Yet?” around in bookstores quite often but, for some reason, never bought a copy? Which is weird considering I absolutely LOVED “It Only Happens in the Movies”. I should totally fix this, buy it and read it.. But.. Yeah, we’ll see, haha. I’ve been so good with not buying too many books lately; don’t want to ruin that. πŸ˜›

    Thank you again for linking to my review, Marie! ❀ Means the world you take the time to check out ownvoices reviews. πŸ™‚

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    1. AHHHHHH KATHY. Am I Normal Yet would be the kind of book you’d love -I hope I am not wrong, but I have a feeling you’d love it, especially considering that you loved the movie book (that title is too long. I am lazy hahaha) too πŸ˜€ I hope you’ll get to read it soon! ❀

      My pleasure, thank you so much for sharing this review, I'm always doing my very best to share #ownvoices reviews, they're so important ❀️ thank YOU ❀️

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      1. I can’t even imagine not loving it, which is why I’m SO TEMPTED to buy a copy. I’ve been behaving like crazy when it comes to buying books and.. it’s showing because I’m getting more and more eager to just order a bunch of books even though I know I shouldn’t.. :’)

        You’re very, very welcome! ❀

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