How to Be A Normal Person

How to Be A Normal Person

Book - 2015
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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?
Publisher: Talahassee, FL : Dreamspinner Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781634765787
Branch Call Number: FICTION Klune, TJ
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 23 cm


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Sep 08, 2018

A (really) laugh out loud romance between a stoner video store clerk named Gustavo Tiberius, who has a pet ferret named Harry S. Truman, and an asexual hipster bakery employee guy named Casey, who decides to woo Gus for reasons Gus can't even begin to understand.

The setup sounds too quirky to work, but it does, because TJ Klune is absolutely gifted at wrapping comedy around real emotion. Gus's misadventures using the internet to figure out how to be normal are hilarious, but his underlying loneliness and grief are deeply touching. Casey is a ray of sunshine, and his patience with Gus made my heart all melty. This book is so many good feelings!

Asexual readers will extra appreciate that this is #ownvoices, that Casey is 100% okay with his asexuality, the main characters do NOT have sex, and Gus finds his physical and romantic relationship with Casey deeply fulfilling.

ArapahoeAndrea Jul 25, 2018

It's not often I get to read a romance story where one of the main character is asexual and the other character is on the autism spectrum. The author great job weaving together a homo romantic storyline, that showed that a relationship does not need to have sex to have love. The quirkyness of the characters got a little long winded at points, but overall it was a great read and T.J. Kline has a new fan.


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