How To Be A Normal Person (Lili’s Review)

How To Be A Normal Person
Title: How To Be A Normal Person
Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 16th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Humor
Page Count: 290 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 5+ Stars out of 5
A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!


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?


I don’t even know how to start. This book made my heart and spirit so incredibly happy. How To Be A Normal Person is about Gustavo Tiberius. He is snarky and bitchy and contains one of the biggest hearts. You see as much as he acts like he gets annoyed by everyone and everything he accepts everyone as they are. One day everything is thrown out of whack when a stoner hipster named Casey comes to town.


This book is everything we’ve come to love and expect from Klune:
*It’s a character driven story
*Snarky humor. My kids thought I was crazy because I was laughing so hard.
*Amazing dialogue.
*Loveable characters- main and secondary. Seriously some of the best characters I’ve read in a story.
*Major feels.
*Romance—>that first kiss ♥ Just everything!
*A story that makes us reflect and teaches us.


My heart felt so full and at times even overwhelmed with emotion while I was reading it. This book is about discovering yourself, self-love, accepting others, it’s about family and friendships. It’s amazing and I can’t recommend enough. This is a 5 Star read and a best of 2015.

P.S. Dear Hollywood honchos:
This book needs to be made into a movie!!!

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ARC kindly provided by Dreamspinner Press for an honest review.


I’m a thirty-something Colombian mother of two. My favorite pastime is to get lost in a book. I’m more of a fluffy romance reader- though I do love an angsty read. I don’t often read Mystery/Suspense nor dark stories. I also NEVER knowingly read stories that don’t end in an HEA or at least HFN. I LOATHE cliffhangers with a passion and not a huge fan of stories with cheating, but it’s not a deal breaker.

My favorite tropes are:
-Best friends to lovers
-Opposites attract
-Humor (as long as it’s not slapstick type comedy)

My favorites authors are:
-Lane Hayes
-Santino Hassell
-Kade Boehme
-TJ Klune
-Heidi Cullinan
-NR Walker
-Eli Easton
-Amy Lane
-Keira Andrews
-Nick Pageant
-Annabeth Albert
-Jay Northcote
-Riley Hart/Nyrae Dawn
-Melanie Hansen

Some of my all time favorites stories are:

-The Five Boroughs Series by Santino Hassell
-Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
-BOATK Series by TJ Klune (anything he writes actually)
-Let’s Hear It For The Boy by TA Webb
-A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes
-Strong Signal by Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson
-Superhero by Eli Easton

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4 Comments on "How To Be A Normal Person (Lili’s Review)"

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Andrea M

I was a little hesitant about buying this but your review just sold it. Thanks!

I’m reading this next too! Excellent review Lil!

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