Mia Lee has a secret…
A secret she’s kept hidden since she was eight years old, however, Mia will no longer allow that secret to define her.
An irrevocable decision has left Mia Lee a fugitive and on the run—a circumstance that should leave her weak and scared, yet Mia has never felt so alive.
Under the pseudonym of Paige Cassidy, Mia is ready to live the life she’s never had, and she’s determined not to allow her tainted past dictate her promising future.
Paige is on a Greyhound bus heading from L.A. to South Boston, Virginia, to start a new life.
A life that includes finding her mother, who abandoned her at age three. But what she finds, is four people, who will change her life forever.
Yet no one can outrun their past…
Especially one filled with bitter memories, which refuse to remain hidden.
I can't believe this is the first book I have read by this author, what have I been missing out on?
I really enjoyed Like Something Normal, the whole plot was interesting along with the characters, it was the sort of book you just don't want to put down, eagerly wanting to see what happens next with the intense chemistry between Mia who changes her name to Paige and Quinn the sexy mechanic and odd job man who seems to pop up wherever Paige is.
Mia has been used by her father as a drug mule for his dealer Phil in return for free drugs since a small age, using her innocence as a way to sell drugs undetected, an innocent young girl with a backpack that no one would suspect is carrying drugs. Mia has gone into some seedy joints and been subject to abuse but never sexual until at the age of 19 when her father gives her an order at gunpoint that she is to become Phil's sex workers.
Enough is enough and after a struggle, Mia shoots her father and goes on the run, Mia runs away as far as the Greyhound bus will take her and ends up in a small town.
Mia finds a place to stay in a motel and also a job there, she is taken in by the owner who treats her like his grandchild but she still keeps her secrets, past, and identity to herself.
Mia Lee was a victim. But Paige Cassidy is a survivor.
Quinn is mysterious. At first, he seems to pop up wherever Paige is, he's like some guardian angel or something with a lip ring, there is an undeniable attraction and pull between the two of them when they first meet in a diner, a place where Paige gets a second job. Quinn is attracted to Paige but as they get to know each other he always seems to push her away when it gets too real. He says he is no good for her but why? There's a constant push and pull between the two of them along with Tristan, Quinn's brother and Paige's co-worker in the middle playing best friend but undoubtedly wanting more, he's like a pining puppy for Paige.
Quinn was a girl who has never had friends she was called a freak at school and as she begins to settle into the sleepy town and her job in the diner she ends up with not one but two best friends, although Tristan wants to be more, nothing is ever said by Tristan but his action and looks of longing portray affection and longing for Paige.
A dilemma for Paige when you have a greater attraction to the brother.
It doesn't become a love triangle and nothing is said but the tension and what could have developed was exciting.
Quinn has his own secrets and I was eager to know what they were. These are two victims who just want normal, Paige is nearly finding hers when her past comes to knock on her door.
An interesting, gripping and exciting read from start to finish and I was disappointed when it all came to an end. Looking forward to book 2 which thankfully is in KU
Told in first person pov. A coming of age young adult book.