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How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune

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How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune

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About the Author
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn't think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write. He lives with a neurotic cat in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. It’s hot there, but he doesn’t mind. He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.
Publication Date
October 16, 2015
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.

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Utter Perfection
(Updated: October 15, 2015)
In How To Be A Normal Person TJ Klune has once again created a unique work of art that is to be savoured slowly then put on a shelf to reread over and over again. To enter TJ world is to take a blissful step into the lives of characters so multifaceted, crazy, wonderful and utterly loveable that you wish you could live in their home town and be one of their best friends. You'd love them so hard!

Gustavo Tiberius knows he's not normal and he's perfectly ok with that. He has his pet ferret Harry S. Truman for company as well as cafe owner Lottie, "with drag queen hair", and three elderly Vespa riding "Bisexual lesbian sister-lovers?" to keep him on his toes. Since the death of his adored father, Gus has established a routine involving coffee from Lottie, opening his video store for the day, interacting with at most four customers, and going home to a frozen dinner and his beloved Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Enter Casey, an "asexual stoner hipster", Lottie's nephew, and the new barista at her cafe. Gus is utterly speechless when he lays eyes on the perfection that is Casey. The mutual attraction is off the charts, but after hearing Casey describe him as "abnormal, strange and weird", Gus is convinced that if he is to win Casey over he must learn to be normal. The steps Gus takes and the events that follow are nothing short of comedic and story telling genius.

How To Be A Normal Person is peppered with gems, such as "resting bitch face", "cauliflower PTSD", "drunk encyclopediaing" and "eyebrows of judgement", to quote just a few TJ isms. It will make you smile, giggle snort and laugh out loud. This book is impossible not to adore and I'd give it eleventy stars if such a thing existed. And it probably would in TJ world.
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