Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Expected publication date: February 25th, 2014
Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.
When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.
This sounds like a contemporary along the lines of the books of Kody Keplinger, A.S. King and Courtney Summers' contemporary books. One that deals with issues and not afraid to show it off. No sugar coating. I love that. Ever since I first came across this one, I've wanted to read it and I'm very much looking forward to the moment I finally have this in my hands so I can start flipping the pages. Definitely one of my most anticipated debuts for 2014!