Review: How To Be A Normal Person, or a really dangerous book. It should come with a warning ;)

Hello people! I hope you all are safe and happy, and I hope you all are reading amazing books! This week I was in a strange and difficult mood, reading wise. Nothing was just right. I started a lot of books, an not a single one of them was the right one. But it wasn’t really their fault. I was in one of those mood in which you don’t really know what you want, you just know that you want something good, but this is quite a vague definition, right? And then while I was on Goodreads I saw someone posting some quotes from this book and they were just so good! And so I said, “Why not?” I even have it on my e-reader, so let’s begin the umpteenth book! And you know what? It was the right move! Definitely!

Title: How To Be A Normal Person
Series: How to be #1
Author: TJ Klune
Pages: 290

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?

This book should be coming with a warning sign: To Be Read Alone. Danger of Laughing Out Loud Again and Again Ahead. Continue at your peril.
Okay, now that this is done, let’s begin!
I am not stranger to burst laughing out loud on trains or buses or simply on a bench while waiting for the aforementioned ways of transportation. And there is nothing bad about it. But in some parts I was laughing so much that I had tears in my eyes. And on a couple of occasions, my stomach ached, so yeah, being alone at home, comfortably lounging on my couch, was better.

This book is amazing. It is the better thing that you can read if you are in need of a pick me up. It is funny as hell. And sweet, so sweet. It may be diabetes inducing, but it is just so good. And it was exactly what I was needing. It is pure perfection!

Gus, Gustavo Tiberius, is a grumpy old man in the body of an almost thirty years old guy. He is so grumpy! And judgemental! And he has a ferret! And he is like the time for him stopped around year 2000 or somewhere around there. And he is simply fantastic!

“A simple hello could lead to a million things. “Yeah,” Gus said. “Like herpes or getting fisted.”


He is also a softhearted boy, quite unique and who suffered quite a lot. He has so many walls around him. Poor boy. But he is a good guy at heart. And he can be sweet. And he is just perfect the way he is.
Casey is a scatter brain, mostly because he is stoned more often than not. But he is the easiest going of the guy. He is like sunshine, in some way, and I know that this may sounds like a strange description, but I think that it is pretty accurate. He is also an aromantic hipster. And he is quite the clichè who walks around. He is adorable!
And with this two MCs, and the ferret, we have a motorbike (Vespa) gang of three old ladies, lesbians and sisters. Or are they lovers? Or sisters? Or neither? They are just too good to be true. They are amazing. Really
And Lottie, who is just sweet and fantastic.

So, we have our Grumpy Gus, living his life in a very neat way. He has a strict routine and he would keep at it. He would take his coffee from Lottie, he would then go to work, in his video rental store, he would go home, have dinner and read for a bit his encyclopedia. Sleep and repeat. Until in this little corner of the world come Casey. He has just moved there, and he is fated to bring ruin on Gus carefully build life. And it would be the sweetest of the ruins.

Gus and Casey are two amazing characters, and I loved them both. They were so funny, they were sweet, and it was just so good seeing two people being so accepting of the other one. Or of the others in general, really. This level of acceptance is something that is just so good to see.
And one of the sweetest thing ever, and one of the best in this book, is the acceptance. It is not only between Gus and Casey, or between them and the We Three Queens, but it was also from Pastor Tommy, Gus’ dad. Their relationship was just so perfect. It is so good to see him in Gus memories. I really really loved those parts. Even if they made me a bit sad, okay, okay, they really moved me. I think that this alone would be an amazing reason to read the book. Really.

And the banter. Oh my!

“You have pajamas with a dead Palestinian leader’s face on them.”
“I am aware,” Gus said, trying not to fidget as Casey essentially stared at his crotch. “They’re my Yasser Arapants.”
Casey choked.
Gus waited.
“Oh my fucking god,” Casey mumbled to himself. “You’re like… just… like, this person.”

And some scenes that are just so… wow!

“Well, now,” Mrs. Havisham said, all but purring as she leaned forward, ample cleavage on display. “You’ve grown up, haven’t you? Tell me, Gustavo. What are your thoughts on having an experienced lover?”
“Not many,” Gus said. “In fact, none at all. Also? I came out when I was thirteen. You were there. As was the whole town. Pastor Tommy announced it at the Fall Harvest Festival. On stage. Into a microphone. There was apple pie afterward.”
“Still?” she said with an exaggerated pout.
“Yes,” Gus said, deadpan as he could make it. “Still. Funny how that works.”
“Well, if you change your mind, you know where to find me,” she said, dragging a pink fingernail down his arm. “My door is always open. Like my body.”
“That’s not even remotely healthy,” Gus said with a sniff.
“Maybe that’s why I need your protein,” she said with a wink.
“Nope,” Gus said. “Nope, nope, nope.”
“You sure about that?”
“Maybe you should close that door. And your legs.”

I am trying to write something that make sense, but I am fangirling around a lot, because I loved this book so much! I laughed a lot, I was moved, and I spend some amazing time with it. I think Klune would be my new comfort read, even if there is just one thing that I have to complain about: Klune, you were really bad. Bad author no cookies! How could you end the book like that???????? It really was a low blow!!!

Anyway, this book is just like a ray of sunshine after a grey day, and it is also highly quotable, as you can see for yourself, and I loved it with all my heart!

And what about you? Have you read this one? Or are you planning on doing so? Let me know!!!!

Happy reading!
S.

13 thoughts on “Review: How To Be A Normal Person, or a really dangerous book. It should come with a warning ;)

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery says:

    Oh my! To say that this book sounds like fun would be the understatement of the century! 😀
    And it arrived just when you needed it most: I know what it means to start and abandon a number of books because you’re looking for something good but you don’t know exactly *what* you want. Luckily there was this light at the end of the… bookish tunnel! 😉

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