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An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction

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.

At school, nobody sees the scratches or her pain. The only person she connects with is the mysterious Captain Lyric, who writes song lyrics on her fourth-period desk for her to complete. With pencil marks and music, Alexi carves out a comfortable space for herself as she and the Captain finish each other’s songs—words on a desk feel safer than words spoken aloud.

But when Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend who understands her better than anyone. He has secrets of his own and knows all about suffering in silence. 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 speak up.

With her powerful, moving debut novel, author Courtney C. Stevens emerges as an extraordinary new talent to watch.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautiful reminder that amidst our broken pieces we can truly find ourselves.”

    Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray

  • “Somewhere between Sarah Dessen and Laurie Halse Anderson lies Stevens’ rich debut about two adolescents grappling with extraordinary trauma.…The mood is intense and the story moves briskly, complete with an ending so surprising that some readers may flip back to the beginning to start fresh.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A story that resonates.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer. Faking Normal is her first novel.