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How to Be a Normal Person Audiobook

How to Be a Normal Person

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Gus is not normal. And he's fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.

Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie's Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.

But Gus isn't normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.

After all, what could possibly go wrong?

©2015 TJ Klune (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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    Belen 04-17-16
    Belen 04-17-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.

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    "ALL THE STARS FOR THIS. ALL OF THEM."
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    Oh, Derrick McClain, you hit a home run with this one.

    He brought Gustavo Tiberius to life, made Casey Richards so much more than just an asexual stoner hipster, and I loved what he did to make Lottie and We Three Queens so real.

    ALL THE STARS FOR THIS. ALL OF THEM.

    This. This was...awesome and fantastic and wonderful and heartwarming and touching and sad and funny and just...I want to fangirl all over this so hard. But in a totally not gross way.

    Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. After his father, Pastor Tommy dies, Gus settles into a his daily routine. It's very much a wash, rinse, repeat kind of life until the day he and his ferret, Harry S. Truman, walk into Lottie's Lattes and he meets Casey Richards, a stoner hipster who turns his world upside down.

    Gus is immediately both repelled and fascinated by Casey...but more time spent with Casey makes Gus want something he's never really thought to want before: he decides he wants to be "normal" so he can be with Casey. What follows is both touching and hilarious as Gus sets about trying to be the best normal person he can be with some interesting results.

    This story about a man who accepts everyone, even if he's snarky about it, gave me so many feels. I got a total heart boner. Seriously, this story good touched me all over my heart.

    There are three things I expect from a TJ Klune story: 1. To laugh. Oh, how I laughed. I laughed a lot. 2. To have wookie-cry-face at some point. Yep, that happened too. The laughs and the feels in this are more muted than in other TJ stories, but no less magnificent. And 3. To learn something. Which I did. I learned a little more about acceptance, asexuality, and being true to yourself.

    I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS ENOUGH. Buy this book. Now. Go. Seriously. Go get this book right now!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu Miami 04-22-16
    Lulu Miami 04-22-16 Member Since 2014

    I think I read/listen too much for my own good. Love mystery books. Don't like MCs who are 'kids'. Love comedy. Not a fan of erotica

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    "All the laughs"
    Would you listen to How to Be a Normal Person again? Why?

    Oh yeah. For a good laugh, without the cheap silly jokes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    you feel inside the story. Able to imagine the places the characters are in.


    What does Derrick McClain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator. he made the story come alive.


    Who was the most memorable character of How to Be a Normal Person and why?

    the MC. He is weird, in a 'is he serious?' way. He is like one of these aliens who land on earth, and need to learn how to live with humans like a human :)


    Any additional comments?

    fun book. You laugh, and though sometimes feel sorry for the MC, its not really heartbreaking. Maybe black comedy?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kennedy 04-26-16
    Kennedy 04-26-16
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    "Super."

    This book was amazing, start to finish. I couldn't put it down (or, turn it off). The humor and sarcasm made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions, and the realness of the characters made them so relatable. The narration was on point and gave an extra "pizzazz" to the whole thing. I highly recommend it, as you will learn valuable life lessons without even realizing it. Will definitely be reading more of TJ Klune's books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tom(C) 09-26-16
    Tom(C) 09-26-16
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    "Truly Great"

    TJ Klune's How To Be A Normal Person is almost as good as rainbow colored cotton candy at a gay pride parade. Wait a minute I don't like cotton candy. Make that almost as good as rainbow colored pizza. Hmmm. Wait. Forget that stuff. It's a book that is funtastic and sure to be one of your all-time favorite Audible audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Viv 09-17-16
    Viv 09-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Oh my God!"

    Wow! I'm just going to keep repeating myself, because I just have a huge reader crush on TJ Klune! I had made the decision to listen to TJ's books instead of reading them and I'm pretty sure I'm a genius because this audiobook was amazing!

    I was almost scared a little at the beginning, because I was really not digging it. BUT then Casey arrived and it just turned into the most awesome, funny, endearing and sweetest book ever. Oh my God! I can't even count the number of times I just wanted to give Gus a hug. He was such an amazing character and I adored everything about him. As usual the secondary cast was quirky and hilarious. This book was just so much fun!

    NARRATION: I don't think I have ever heard a narrator more perfect for a book than Derek McClain was for this one. This audiobook is NOT to be missed.

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    Miareadsbooks Melbourne, Australia 09-15-16
    Miareadsbooks Melbourne, Australia 09-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfection"

    I just might think this is the most perfect story ever narrated. Every nuance. Every emotion. Every 'Grumpy Gus' personification. Just perfect.

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    S Black USA 09-02-16
    S Black USA 09-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone. The story itself was great and the narrator did a fantastic job. I really enjoyed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the characters. Gus was such a grumpy sweetheart. A little on the clueless side, but in a funny way. Casey was so nice and easy going about everything. I really liked the relationship they had together. The secondary characters were so much fun also.


    Have you listened to any of Derrick McClain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Derrick McClain before, that I can remember, but I really enjoyed his performance and would definitely listen to him again.


    If you could rename How to Be a Normal Person, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it. This is what Gus was searching for and he truly found it by being himself.


    Any additional comments?

    This was just a really nice story about two guys finding their way to a relationship. It was a little over the top funny at times, but I think that was why I liked it so much. It was just that kind of off humor that made me laugh and the narrator really gave it the right feel. Gus' calls to buy the internet were fantastic. Gus and Casey were so sweet together. I loved that awesome hugs and some kisses were really all that was needed. I would absolutely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Dee Augusta, GA USA 08-31-16
    Shannon Dee Augusta, GA USA 08-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Another hit for TJ"
    Would you listen to How to Be a Normal Person again? Why?

    Absolutely. The thing about TJ Klune books is their re-readability. And with audiobooks at least with the narrators that have worked with TJ they take his work and make sure they are just as worthy for relistening!


    What other book might you compare How to Be a Normal Person to and why?

    I'm not sure you can. There's a uniqueness to this story in particular, as well as TJ's other work that is just so ... uniquely TJ.


    Which character – as performed by Derrick McClain – was your favorite?

    Oh... hard to choose. The Lesbian Sisters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, laughed so hard I got weird looks from people in other cars


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    Kindle Customer 08-24-16 Member Since 2016

    ChickieBaby

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    "TJ Klune at his best!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! And I have, even to people who don't read mm cause it doesn't have any explicit sex scenes. But this book IS THE FUNNIEST, SWEETEST and just darn good! The writing is far superior and even in a comedy TJ brings a bit of angst and feelings. And the narrator is excellent!


    What did you like best about this story?

    EVERYTHING!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't honestly pick just one cause it was chalked full of them.


    If you could take any character from How to Be a Normal Person out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Gus, definatly Gus


    Any additional comments?

    Just BUY THIS YOU WON'T BE SORRY

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal MURRAY, KY, United States 08-16-16
    Crystal MURRAY, KY, United States 08-16-16 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Hilarious and sweet"

    The first book in a long time to make me laugh out loud. Definitely recommend.

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    9/14/16
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    "Amazingly Amusing Amorous situations"

    Absolutely loved it, couldn't stop myself listening to this very compelling story.
    The narrator was on point to pull off all these diverse characters. My favorite parts were involving the recorded calls and both Mitzi and Mytzy. Also, whenever Gus was going 'what the hell' and 'oh my god' which he does quite a bit.

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  • alex
    southampton
    7/17/16
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    "Would be better read by Michael Lesley"

    Have got quite a few of TJ Klunes books. The best being lightning strike heart. There are bit of that in this one, though unfortunately Derrick McClain completely misses the point, and any humour is lost, There's a gay couple, one of which is 'an actor' but not an ounce of camp anywhere..
    Michael Lesley would have brought the characters to life but as it is the story plods along in a very dreary fashion.. A shame really..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marius F.
    Hastings, UK
    5/12/16
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    "Hooked"

    Quirky, warm, funny, mad, unexpected.
    Loved it. This would be the third book of TJ Klune so I think it's safe to say I'm hooked.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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