Practicing Normal by Cara Sue Achterberg
“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” I don’t know about ya’ll, but by the end of the week I am exhausted. Between work, my son’s homework, tutoring, extracurricular activities, laundry, keeping the house clean and attempting to have a social life there are many times when it feels like I could slip away somewhere and sleep for days. Contrary to what social media would have us believe, life is not always unicorns and baby kittens and rainbows. Life can be hard. Sometimes brutally so. Ailing parents, a child that is deemed as “different”, a marriage that once was seemingly solid now stretched and pulled to a place where you don’t really recognize each other anymore, where you once saw love now you only see disappointment and failure.
Never before have I read a book that has dealt with these topics more tenderly and candidly then in Cara Sue Achterberg’s Practicing Normal. While it was at times, a heartbreaking read, it resonated with me because I saw myself and my friends throughout the pages. In fact, the book read much like an old friend was catching me up on what has happened in her life over the past year. I loved it – I thought it was authentic, relatable andbeautifully done. If domestic fiction or books about families and the dynamics that make them and break them interest you at all, this is one you will need to add to your TBR list. I will post a full review closer to her June 6 publishing date, but felt I would be remiss but not posting something immediately after reading it because it was just that good. 4.5 fantastic stars.