Relatively Normal
Catriona Masterton's fiancé, Ethan, is Normal. He plans trips six months in advance and arrives at the airport a minimum of three hours early. He purchases life insurance, luggage insurance, and always opts for the extended warranty. He's responsible, reliable, and would make any woman a wonderful life partner. In other words, he's the exact opposite of the Masterton clan. Cat's mother has a kitchen gadget fetish, a father whose best friends are taxidermied field mice, and a super stoner man-child brother who lives--where else?--in the basement. Then there's Nan, her proud Scottish grandmother with a proclivity for profanity and mischief. What on earth will Catriona's Normal fiancé think when he comes home with her to meet her parents? What will he think when he discovers his soon-to-be in-laws invited Cat's ex to join them for Thanksgiving dinner? Find out in a laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery, familial pandemonium, and love. A must read for fans of a true romantic comedy!

Relatively Normal Details

TitleRelatively Normal
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 8th, 2018
Publisher33 Partners Publishing
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humor, Holiday

Relatively Normal Review

  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    The biggest question I had when I started reading Relatively Normal was what was Catriona hiding from, family wise? Also, how could she have been so successful at keeping her fiancé away from her family? Well, that was easily answered once I understood the family dynamics between Cat and her family as well as the relationship between her and her fiancé. What was interesting to me though was that her family dynamics were truly a cover for why she really had to leave her small-town life behind and The biggest question I had when I started reading Relatively Normal was what was Catriona hiding from, family wise? Also, how could she have been so successful at keeping her fiancé away from her family? Well, that was easily answered once I understood the family dynamics between Cat and her family as well as the relationship between her and her fiancé. What was interesting to me though was that her family dynamics were truly a cover for why she really had to leave her small-town life behind and that “reason” is the crux of this story. Oh yes, there was more to Cat’s story but it was buried under layers of hilarious familial bedlam.There were many points in this book where the story could have gone off the rails because all the characters and situations were larger than life. Satisfyingly enough, nothing was too outlandish that it became a turnoff, the Author had a masterful touch and kept the story plausible and merry. I laughed, and laughed, and laughed throughout this story. I enjoyed every chapter because every character was well developed and quirky. I wanted to know about each and every one of them! They each added their own element of crazy to the mix and it was absolutely perfect.The romance element in this story was very unexpected and there were points where you know that things should not be progressing but, luckily, everything worked out as it should and it is oh so delicious and swoony. You just have to hang in there through the ups and downs while Cat takes the much needed time to open her eyes and see what truly mattered and what would ultimately make her happy. I loved reading Relatively Normal and for fans of romantic comedies, I cannot recommend this book enough! It is hands down the funniest and sweetest book!! Get your hands on a copy today!!This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Whitney Dineen. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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  • Becky Monson
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great read! Dineen knows how to spin a tale full of humor, romance, and heartwarming moments. Loved this book!
  • TeriLyn
    January 1, 1970
    **Relatively Normal generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**3 ”Where do you stand on meditation?” StarsThe hilarious, becoming story of a woman finding herself lost when she seemingly has been found for some time. Going home isn’t always what you thought it might be. In Whitney Deneen’s story sometime home really is just what the heart wants. Relatively Normal follows Cat Masterson and her fiancé home from New York City where her eccentric family awaits for unforgettable Thanksgiv **Relatively Normal generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**3 ”Where do you stand on meditation?” StarsThe hilarious, becoming story of a woman finding herself lost when she seemingly has been found for some time. Going home isn’t always what you thought it might be. In Whitney Deneen’s story sometime home really is just what the heart wants. Relatively Normal follows Cat Masterson and her fiancé home from New York City where her eccentric family awaits for unforgettable Thanksgiving. Deneen’s storytelling was refreshingly light and easy to fall into. This is a total romantic comedy where familial love abounds no matter how much Cat tries to fight her roots, her wings just keep bringing her back. With a fiancé, an ex she never could forget, and her family all under one roof – what could possibly go wrong? I enjoyed this book. There were some parts where I would think Cat should know better then what she’s trying to portray as her version of happy but overall I liked it. The woman was scorned and she ran to a new sense of normalcy. Whitney Deneen does a wonderfully beautiful job of reminding us that sometimes normal isn’t what the trends are but what the trends of our hearts tell us. And for that I found this book positively charming.
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  • Tracie Banister
    January 1, 1970
    Whitney Dineen continues to delight and surprise with her latest collection of quirky characters in Relatively Normal. You'll laugh, groan, and get all the feels along with heroine Cat when she spends the holidays with her wacky family and finds herself in the center of a very complicated and compelling love triangle. This book is a must-read for fans of Marian Keyes and Kristan Higgins.
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  • Katherine Hayward
    January 1, 1970
    Relatively Normal is the first Whitney Dineen book I have come across and I thought it sounded fun. The title is very appropriate and the story is a fun one of family life and escapades. It's got everything: humor, romance and is so true-to-life that it had me finished in record time. Whitney Dineen is a new voice to me and I really enjoy her style. It's laid-back and the chapters are quick yet very involved in plot and detail but the story is always fun and the characters are quirky and all hav Relatively Normal is the first Whitney Dineen book I have come across and I thought it sounded fun. The title is very appropriate and the story is a fun one of family life and escapades. It's got everything: humor, romance and is so true-to-life that it had me finished in record time. Whitney Dineen is a new voice to me and I really enjoy her style. It's laid-back and the chapters are quick yet very involved in plot and detail but the story is always fun and the characters are quirky and all have their own personalities. I especially liked Cat as a character due to her attitude to life and everything that happened throughout the book. In writing Relatively Normal, Whitney Dineen has created a realistic and highly enjoyable novel about what it's really like living with an eccentric family. Thanks very much to Whitney Dineen and Karan and Co Author Solutions for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.
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  • Evonne Hutton
    January 1, 1970
    A second change romance that is both hilariously funny and heartbreakingly sad!Well written with a good story line and characters that come alive
  • Gale
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars Relatively Normal is all about a family that’s, well, relatively normal! Of course, I would say they are just this side of eccentric, often hilarious, but kind and good people. Even though the story is about a family of Scottish heritage, it really would fit any family dynamic – I have some off the wall relatives in my own, including me!RN is touching and warm and sometimes downright weird (taxidermied mice, in homemade holiday costumes, anyone??) but it is always fun…and funny! I had m 4 ½ stars Relatively Normal is all about a family that’s, well, relatively normal! Of course, I would say they are just this side of eccentric, often hilarious, but kind and good people. Even though the story is about a family of Scottish heritage, it really would fit any family dynamic – I have some off the wall relatives in my own, including me!RN is touching and warm and sometimes downright weird (taxidermied mice, in homemade holiday costumes, anyone??) but it is always fun…and funny! I had my first laugh when I read the disclaimer in the front of the book, and it went on to more laughs from there. Wait until you meet Nan…Catriona Masterson and Ethan Crenshaw met at a wedding or on the job for Cat, and their relationship develops from that meeting. Ethan is very staid and even-tempered, no highs or lows, and Cat is comfortable with that as she comes from a wonderfully crazy family and she delights in the change of pace. She has kept Ethan from meeting the family their entire relationship, not because she is embarrassed by them, but because she’s not so sure how Ethan or her family will react when they each meet the other. And meet they do at Thanksgiving! I can’t do the story justice but there are more ups and downs, strange food and hilarity that happen that sometimes had me shaking my head at what all there was. For the half-star reduction, I’d say the book just got so…big…that it was sometimes difficult to keep the pointers in the correct direction. It didn’t detract from the overall story but the author had a lot goin’ on. I really did love Cat’s grandmother, Nan, as well as her parents. All truly good people, just a tad bit strange. But that’s what makes the story. I recommend.
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  • Lynda Peters
    January 1, 1970
    I really really enjoyed this book! And I have to admit that reading the blurb before I started I thought it would be over the top and not worth it. I was sooooo wrong. It’s a great read with a surprising depth of characters. I’m not going into detail because I might spoil it for someone but please give this book a go, I think you’ll have a laugh and be surprised by the quality. I’ll certainly be reading more by this author.I received an ARC and was pleased to give an honest review.
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  • BP34
    January 1, 1970
    This book is hilarious and keeps you in stitches. Catriona and her fiance live a stable life in the city. A trip home during Thanksgiving proves to be over the top. Their families meet and chaos is the standard order. Likable characters and a very entertaining story. I read a reader copy and voluntarily chose to review.
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  • Lili
    January 1, 1970
    What a heartwarming experience! It takes a while to find yourself, but it's fortunate when it happens before it's too late!I particularly liked how tolerant and loving the family was, we should all be more human.All in all, an enjoyable read!
  • Kate Rock
    January 1, 1970
    I love humor and Whitney Dineen always makes me laugh. When you spin a tale of family, holidays and hilarious shenanigans you get a super fun read! Plus, who doesn't love a man in a kilt!?
  • Karin Gillespie
    January 1, 1970
    "Hilarious and full-of-heart, Dineen has outdone herself. Relatively Normal is fabulous read.
  • J.E. Benoit
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict. A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.After leaving her hometown eleven years ago, Catriona Masterson has built a successful business and life in New York City, including an engagement to predictable and safe Ethan Crenshaw. Throughout her time with Ethan, she’s managed to keep him from meeting her family. She may love her family very much but she realizes that their brand of crazy isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea a Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict. A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.After leaving her hometown eleven years ago, Catriona Masterson has built a successful business and life in New York City, including an engagement to predictable and safe Ethan Crenshaw. Throughout her time with Ethan, she’s managed to keep him from meeting her family. She may love her family very much but she realizes that their brand of crazy isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea and she can’t quite picture straight-laced Ethan embracing their quirks. But her luck runs out when Ethan says he’s going to accompany her back home for Thanksgiving. As Catriona’s past and present collide in the most unexpected way, she’s left examining where life has taken her and has to decide if her orderly life back in NYC is where she’s meant to be or if she was mean to embrace the crazy back home. This was the first time I’ve read a book from Whitney Dineen and I really enjoyed it! There are plenty of laughs to be had as we experience all the quirks and craziness of Cat’s family but it was also unexpectedly thought-provoking. It was very much a story about soul searching and finding where you’re meant to be as well as a reflection on all the moments that make up this journey called life. Unbeknownst to her, when she returns home for a routine family holiday, Catriona ends up embarking on a path that had the potential to take her in a very different direction. I really enjoyed seeing all the twists and turns she ends up taking along the way to finding where she’s meant to be. While this book does have a romantic aspect to it, I think it shines in the family portrait it paints. Let’s face it, we all have family members that drive us a little crazy with their quirks but at the end of the day, they’re your family and you never know how much time you’re going to get with them. This book teaches you to appreciate all the moments you’re given with them and to embrace the quirks! Don’t worry, this book isn’t all serious business, there are plenty of laughs to be had - Cat’s family members really are quite unique! If you’re looking for a well written, well-balanced story with plenty of crazy family high-jinks and a thought-provoking message, then you should give this one a shot!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, fun, fun with Cat's oddball kin; don't forget the bagpipes!😂☺😲😷October 1, 2018Format: Paperback👍👍💕🐀🎄Fantastic! Excellent 🌟 and smoothly-flowing, well-written, farcical 💕romance. This may be the best yet from Whitney Dineen, an author who seems especially good at finding the joy in odd moments and nonconformist personalities in her contemporary romances. While heroine event planner Cat leads a hectic but quite normal life in NYC, her family in rural Illinois are true quirky personalities. Th Fun, fun, fun with Cat's oddball kin; don't forget the bagpipes!😂☺😲😷October 1, 2018Format: Paperback👍👍💕🐀🎄Fantastic! Excellent 🌟 and smoothly-flowing, well-written, farcical 💕romance. This may be the best yet from Whitney Dineen, an author who seems especially good at finding the joy in odd moments and nonconformist personalities in her contemporary romances. While heroine event planner Cat leads a hectic but quite normal life in NYC, her family in rural Illinois are true quirky personalities. The story centers on Cat's romantic dilemmas, but her family make every day with them an adventure. From her bottom/basement dwelling, pothead brother, to her Tourettes-mouthed, all-things-Scottish obsessed grandmother, to her collector mom and her taxidermy 🐀rodent-obsessed, bagpipe-playing, kilt-wearing dad, Cat is surrounded by zany when she returns to the homestead.The two men in her romantic life past and present both bring disappointment, but Cat plows through, looking for her right path to the future. I found her a great character, someone who's grounded, loving, loyal to friends and family, and open to cutting her losses and changing course when things aren't working out. I thoroughly enjoyed her journey to happiness and fulfillment. It's clean, smart, hopeful and filled with empathy and tolerance for individuals who beat their own drum (or blow their own bagpipes!), no matter the reaction of their audience, through life.:-)I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
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  • Jessica Mannion
    January 1, 1970
    Catriona Masterson has put a great deal of effort into escaping the confines of her small-town midwestern life. Now she has everything she wanted in a big way. She co-owns a fabulously successful party planning business in New York City, and is engaged to a kind, stable and, well, normal man. That's great, right? She thinks so, until a Thanksgiving visit home -- during which she and her fiance's families meet for the first time – reveals that, while she may have accomplished everything she set o Catriona Masterson has put a great deal of effort into escaping the confines of her small-town midwestern life. Now she has everything she wanted in a big way. She co-owns a fabulously successful party planning business in New York City, and is engaged to a kind, stable and, well, normal man. That's great, right? She thinks so, until a Thanksgiving visit home -- during which she and her fiance's families meet for the first time – reveals that, while she may have accomplished everything she set out to do, she still doesn't seem to have landed where she was meant to be. Whitney Dineen's latest offering Relatively Normal is a charming, rollicking confection of a rom-com that hits all the right beats. This book is a fun, fast read, full of vivid, appealingly flawed, and often hilarious characters. Drop all these folks into the pressure-cooker that is Thanksgiving, and you have a recipe for a crazy, chaotic, and ultimately life-and-love-affirming story. The book is filled with a delightful cast of characters: an eccentric family; opinionated friends; Cat's reliable fiance and his stodgy parents; and a heart-stoppingly handsome ex-boyfriend. Cat's old and new lives collide in a series of increasingly awkward events that – eventually –lead to her heart's desire.
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  • Bobbi
    January 1, 1970
    A really good reading experience. The characters are so well described you can envision them right next to you. For a relatively normal family, they sure are peculiar. Spent half the book laughing at the antics of the family. Also, lots of fun and great people. The plot was well crafted and very enjoyable. This is a very good book and you should definitely give it a try. It will hold your interest and not let up until the end.
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  • B. Boyer
    January 1, 1970
    Whitney Dineen brings us new quirky and lovable characters in the hilarious Relatively Normal. It is another laugh-out-loud page turner that is filled with romance, humor and everyday life experiences in a wacky and eccentric family. This is definitely a must read.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderfully wacky and heart warming book that will keep you in stitches From start to finish the laughs and plot twists will definitely keep you entertained. I definitely recommend this book! Family, got to love ‘em.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I just love Whitney Dineen's stories! Relatively Normal was no exception. The characters are drawn in delicious detail (although, I wouldn't have minded a bit more about the man she chooses in the end. We almost learn more about the one she releases.) Kooky and awkward with a splash of adorable. Whitney's description of family and this story of growing up and going home is poignant, hilarious and, as always, I wanted more!
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  • Annabelle Costa
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Relatively Normal so much! It’s rare a book makes me laugh out loud but this one did.... repeatedly! I will be adding it to the top of my list of favorites for 2018! Catriona's family was just hilarious, every step of the way, but the best part was seeing how "outsiders" reacted to their antics. It was such a fun story... I really didn't want it to end. Dineen does an amazing job of capturing the quirky but lovable family.
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    No doubt about it, Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen is fantastic! I was still reading the disclaimer, “This is a work of fiction. . .” and I was already laughing. Even the chapter headings are funny. The dedication to those lucky enough to find the loves of their lives in high school spoke to me, because that’s just what I did! So I was ready for a good story and I was not disappointed.The story gets off to a rollicking start: Catriona is successful, settled, engaged to be married – but whoa! No doubt about it, Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen is fantastic! I was still reading the disclaimer, “This is a work of fiction. . .” and I was already laughing. Even the chapter headings are funny. The dedication to those lucky enough to find the loves of their lives in high school spoke to me, because that’s just what I did! So I was ready for a good story and I was not disappointed.The story gets off to a rollicking start: Catriona is successful, settled, engaged to be married – but whoa! What’s with the little white lies to Ethan? Meeting vs. massage? Ethan seems like a pretty good guy and a pretty good fit for her. Maybe a bit too orderly, too predictable, but Cat has been hurt and she’s playing it safe. By the time they board the plane, though, you’re already wondering how this Thanksgiving with Ethan and his parents meeting the Masterton clan for the first time is going to go.It goes better than you would expect, at least for a while. Ethan and his parents are good sports, mostly. They survive the kitchen gadget fetish, taxidermied field mice, stoner brother who hides out in the basement, and the grandmother who seems to have Tourette’s. They even survive, mostly, the Shuck and Chuck demonstration with the nuts and spittoons and the instruction to yell FLUSH! It’s one laugh after another, at least for the reader if not so much for Ethan and his parents.But when Sam, the ex-boyfriend who shattered Cat’s heart and who she never wanted to see again, shows up with his parents for Thanksgiving dinner I feel like I’ve been dropped into Outlander. Yes Jamie! No Frank! Yes Jamie! No Frank! Substitute Sam for Jamie and Ethan for Frank and there you have it. There’s nothing really wrong with Ethan (well, maybe not much, anyway), but Sam . . . sigh. Maybe it’s just the Scottish vibe or the Masterton plaid or the kilt thing, but when Cat thinks to herself that Sam is entwined in her DNA in such a way she’ll probably need an exorcism to get rid of him you know she’s in for some tough decisions.The story changes tempo about halfway through, but your level of interest and need to keep turning pages does not change at all. Instead of laugh out loud the humor is more dry and subtle, and the story gets sweeter and sweeter. As I got to know the characters better they became (a little) less weird and more interesting. The second half of Relatively Normal is all about family and change and hopes and dreams. Are there twists and turns and a surprise ending? The answer to that would be YES!So many books, so little time, right? But you need to bump something and make time to read Relatively Normal. This book had me scurrying to my e-readers and bookshelves to see what else I have by Whitney Dineen that needs to be at the top of my TBR stack so I can continue this very enjoyable fix of the perfect blend of humor and sweet sexiness.I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Relatively Normal is a sweet romantic comedy filled with quirky characters that will steal your heart and a heroine that finds out exactly what’s most important in her life! Cat is living in the city with her completely normal fiancé, loving everything about her life. Realizing her family should finally meet Ethan, she brings him and his family home with her for Thanksgiving, but nothing is “normal” or goes to plan. Between kilts, spitting nut shells, an ex who shatter her heart, and a grandmoth Relatively Normal is a sweet romantic comedy filled with quirky characters that will steal your heart and a heroine that finds out exactly what’s most important in her life! Cat is living in the city with her completely normal fiancé, loving everything about her life. Realizing her family should finally meet Ethan, she brings him and his family home with her for Thanksgiving, but nothing is “normal” or goes to plan. Between kilts, spitting nut shells, an ex who shatter her heart, and a grandmother with health issues, Cat’s life quickly is in turmoil. Will her time spent with her family bring peace with how her life is currently living, or will she realize that there’s so much more to life than what she’s living? While reading this book, I was laughing out loud, wanting so much to be a part of this family, wanting so much to give Cat a hug, and honestly wasn’t sure which direction she was going to pick. While I normally prefer books with more than just the heroine’s point of view, I surprisingly loved that this book focused only on Cat because this book, in my opinion, was so much more than just a romance. It’s all about finding home, finding your place in your family, finding your own weird and loving it. This book is about living for more than just you and about finding what makes you happy and reaching for it with both arms! This book was just absolutely fantastic and may be one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year! If I could give it more than five stars, I totally would! Cat is wonderful, a little bit of a mess, but so full of spirit. She has a little bit of trust issues, but I completely understand why. And her two love interests are so different, fulfill different needs for Cat, and bring different kinds of love to her life. The side characters in this book were simply fabulous and I’d love to get all of their romances next! I don’t want to leave this family, that’s for sure!! I highly recommend this book and will be looking for more books from Ms. Dineen ASAP!
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    This is hilarity at it's finest. If you think you're family is a little crazy, you need to read this book! You'll feel so much better about yourself! ;) Cat's family has many oddities about themselves, and until recently, she wanted to avoid them at all costs. But after a trip back home with her fiance, she realizes they their brand of crazy is just what she wants and needs in her life. As 'weird' a they are, they have your back. Not only do we get an insiders perspective of her unique family, w This is hilarity at it's finest. If you think you're family is a little crazy, you need to read this book! You'll feel so much better about yourself! ;) Cat's family has many oddities about themselves, and until recently, she wanted to avoid them at all costs. But after a trip back home with her fiance, she realizes they their brand of crazy is just what she wants and needs in her life. As 'weird' a they are, they have your back. Not only do we get an insiders perspective of her unique family, we get to see Cat come to terms with a man who broke her heart a decade ago, and a man whom she loves (and is engaged to) whom is a bit of a bore (compared to her family,) but who offers the stable and consistent life she craves. There are plenty of shocking surprises throughout. Surprises to both us the readers and to Cat herself. Mixed in with all the fun and laughs are a couple more serious and emotional moments. Each of the characters are unique and bring their own spirit to the book, while Cat appears to be the only 'normal' one of the bunch. This story, while filled with wacky antidotes, is really all about coming home, and that sometimes you need to get away for a while to really appreciate the things you already have.It's an easy read. I admit, when I seen the list of chapters that seemed to be a mile long, I was a little overwhelmed, but they move quickly and many are only a few pages long, so don't let the table of contents page scare you! lol There is no sexual content (other than the mention of a time or two.)*I volunteered to review an ARC of this book.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com)I always find a piece of myself within a Whitney Dineen novel. The characters, the eclectic and eccentric situations, they speak to me on a relative level. And speaking of relative. While reading through and becoming a part of Cat’s experiences in Relatively Normal, I couldn’t get over how much I could identify with her. I’ve been in those shoes before, having dealt with my own cautious, meticulous love interest and offbeat, pecu Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com)I always find a piece of myself within a Whitney Dineen novel. The characters, the eclectic and eccentric situations, they speak to me on a relative level. And speaking of relative. While reading through and becoming a part of Cat’s experiences in Relatively Normal, I couldn’t get over how much I could identify with her. I’ve been in those shoes before, having dealt with my own cautious, meticulous love interest and offbeat, peculiar family. Feeling as though I had to come up with a balance between the two polar opposites. It’s not easy.Adding to this chaotic adventure is the ex-boyfriend, a man Cat swore she’d never see again. I really loved the emotional layers his presence brings about, a tug of war within her that only intensifies the feeling she has of not really knowing where she belongs. We get the impression that she’s done everything she can to try and distance herself from the type of life she led growing up, yet none of us can forget who we are, or where we come from.Dineen has this special way of showcasing the emotion, while keeping her own unique comedic spin on things. Putting various characters in a room who are so completely different, giving them the leeway needed to do what they want to. From Grandma’s tell-it-like-it-is personality to Dad’s penchant for taxidermied mice and spitting pistachio shells (one of the best scenes, hands down), to the supposed normalcy of her fiancee’s family, it gives off a thrilling unpredictability to what might happen next at any given moment. And the undercurrent with all of it are lessons in tolerance. There were a lot of scenes in Normal that really showcase what it means to be a lot more accepting of others, even if they’re different or not your own idea of what’s “normal”, because, really. What is normal? It’s a refreshing take on better appreciating the people and past that has helped shape who we become in the present. Even if that means potentially dodging spittooned pistachio shells!
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  • LaShanta Charles
    January 1, 1970
    Can you have a mid-life crisis in your thirties? I'm pretty sure Cat would say of course you can and it's quite possible she had a mild one.This story was funny and light, but also had enough heaviness to pull at your emotions. I felt like Cat sort of set herself up for failure and was glad when Ethan pointed out that she expected him to feel one way about her family when everything she said or did concerning them expressed the total opposite. I actually LOVED Cat's family and would be thrilled Can you have a mid-life crisis in your thirties? I'm pretty sure Cat would say of course you can and it's quite possible she had a mild one.This story was funny and light, but also had enough heaviness to pull at your emotions. I felt like Cat sort of set herself up for failure and was glad when Ethan pointed out that she expected him to feel one way about her family when everything she said or did concerning them expressed the total opposite. I actually LOVED Cat's family and would be thrilled to spend weekends with them. I loved Jazz and Sarah as well, even though they didnt have particularly major roles.My biggest complaint is that sometimes the story seemed long winded. Some internal dialogue went on and on and I kind of skimmed through it. Also, I felt like things between Sam and Cat were glossed over to a certain extent and that didn't sit well with me.Overall, I liked the book and would read more from the author.
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  • Terri
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It is hilariously written so I laughed out loud throughout the entire book. It is also written with heart. The characters are just too funny and I can see some of my own wonderful family in them. I loved how the story shows us how what we think we need and want isn't necessarily what we really need. It also gives us a look at real struggles people face that we sometimes don't really realize why they behave the way they do until we can see the reasons behind their acti I really enjoyed this book. It is hilariously written so I laughed out loud throughout the entire book. It is also written with heart. The characters are just too funny and I can see some of my own wonderful family in them. I loved how the story shows us how what we think we need and want isn't necessarily what we really need. It also gives us a look at real struggles people face that we sometimes don't really realize why they behave the way they do until we can see the reasons behind their actions.The dynamics between Catronia "Cat" and her bestie Jazz and her boyfriend Ethan and then her crazy family is just a fun ride. I received a copy of this book to read and review and give my honest opinion. I really loved it. Lots of funny, some very sweet love you moments and a few pull at your heartstrings as well. I highly recommend it
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  • Cherokee Crum
    January 1, 1970
    **I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.** Relatively Normal started off super slow (in my opinion), that I was afraid I wouldn't be able to finish it. I'm glad that I stuck it out. This book is about a woman, Cat, who thought she was content in life until she takes her finance home for Thanksgiving and he see's how "crazy" her family really is. We get to read as Cat comes to terms with her less than ideal relationship, with not only her fiance, but her parents as **I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.** Relatively Normal started off super slow (in my opinion), that I was afraid I wouldn't be able to finish it. I'm glad that I stuck it out. This book is about a woman, Cat, who thought she was content in life until she takes her finance home for Thanksgiving and he see's how "crazy" her family really is. We get to read as Cat comes to terms with her less than ideal relationship, with not only her fiance, but her parents as well. It's very interesting how the characters grown and progress. My favorite was definitely Nan! I did not like how inconsistent the author was when talking about Cats mother, she kept switching from mom to Mags qnd I was confused at first. I also did not like how quickly her bestfriend, Jazz, was forgotten. Still a cute story nonetheless
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  • RoseyLovesBooks
    January 1, 1970
    Party planner Catriona Masterton is petrified when she flies home with her fiancé Ethan Crenshaw and his parents to have Thanksgiving dinner with her family. Cat hasn't prepared Ethan for her crazy family and figures she'd just spring them on him. Big mistake. Anything that can go wrong ... does. To top it all off, Cat's ex Sam Hawking and his family are also invited to Thanksgiving dinner ... and Cat's father forgot to mention that Cat's engaged. Cat and Ethan's family and her friends don't thi Party planner Catriona Masterton is petrified when she flies home with her fiancé Ethan Crenshaw and his parents to have Thanksgiving dinner with her family. Cat hasn't prepared Ethan for her crazy family and figures she'd just spring them on him. Big mistake. Anything that can go wrong ... does. To top it all off, Cat's ex Sam Hawking and his family are also invited to Thanksgiving dinner ... and Cat's father forgot to mention that Cat's engaged. Cat and Ethan's family and her friends don't think Cat and Ethan right for each other. Could they be right? The handsome Sam wants to rekindle their romance but is there a future for them? Who will Cat choose?Relatively Normal is a funny, sweet and angsty story full of twists and turns that will keep you riveted
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  • Leopardwolf
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a riot from the start to finishI absolutely 100% blinking loved this book. I so want to be Nan when I grow up (but I fear I'm more like Mags)Just looking at the names of the chapters let's you in on the fact that you're gonna have a brilliant time reading this bookI hope and pray that the cover of this book is Sam and not Dougal - but I can see why Nan insists on a good calf on the cover!!!I really and truly thank Whitney Dineen because I was beginning to think my family was weird.. This book is a riot from the start to finishI absolutely 100% blinking loved this book. I so want to be Nan when I grow up (but I fear I'm more like Mags)Just looking at the names of the chapters let's you in on the fact that you're gonna have a brilliant time reading this bookI hope and pray that the cover of this book is Sam and not Dougal - but I can see why Nan insists on a good calf on the cover!!!I really and truly thank Whitney Dineen because I was beginning to think my family was weird.....now I realise we're Relatively Normal!Go on get the book - gethe a wee dram (or three) and giggle yourself away
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  • Tammy Conatser
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book and offered to give my honest thoughts on the book. OMG, I couldn't stop smiling and laughing with this book. There are parts that are serious, romantic, and things like that, but overall, it was such a crazy fun hilarious story full of romance and quirkiness, I just fell in love with it, and it held my interest from page one through to the end. I loved that there's no other book out there that's like this. Its unique, it makes me want a family like their's even th I received an ARC of this book and offered to give my honest thoughts on the book. OMG, I couldn't stop smiling and laughing with this book. There are parts that are serious, romantic, and things like that, but overall, it was such a crazy fun hilarious story full of romance and quirkiness, I just fell in love with it, and it held my interest from page one through to the end. I loved that there's no other book out there that's like this. Its unique, it makes me want a family like their's even though I dont want to have that family (if that makes sense) lol. Its just a wonderful read. Get it, You will love it!
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