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Brett Miller is one of the kings of Elkhead High. Everyone knows the kings rule the school. Football stars. Pretty girls. The in-crowd. Brett and his buddies are the tormentors; nobody messes with them. Then Brett meets Zach ..."It's a crush. I'm crushing on a friggin' guy. That's sick. And I don't know what to do about it. ... I want these feelings to go away. At the sameBrett Miller is one of the kings of Elkhead High. Everyone knows the kings rule the school. Football stars. Pretty girls. The in-crowd. Brett and his buddies are the tormentors; nobody messes with them. Then Brett meets Zach ..."It's a crush. I'm crushing on a friggin' guy. That's sick. And I don't know what to do about it. ... I want these feelings to go away. At the same time, I don't want them to go away." And his life is turned inside out. Everything he knows about himself is wrong. And he doesn't have anywhere to turn for answers. He's heard the word "bi" before; it has nothing to do with him. But in his gut he knows. And he doesn't have a clue what to do about it....

Title : Bi-Normal
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ISBN : 9781622500048
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 191 Pages
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Bi-Normal Reviews

  • Romie
    2018-11-05 00:09

    Internalized homophobia is the worst tbh.Here we have Brett, a mostly sweet guy who believes that if you’re gay it’s a sin and you shouldn’t be so obvious about your sexuality otherwise it’s like you’re asking to be bullied. That’s what he’s been told his whole life, and changing his point of view isn’t easy.But then he meets this cute guy Zach, and suddenly he can’t stop thinking about him even though he has a girlfriend whom he’s in love with. And here comes the real struggle : society told him you could only be gay - BAD - or straight - GOOD. Nothing else.“Let me give you the upside of being bi. We aren’t attracted to people based on their gender. We’re flexible. That’s pretty cool once you get used to it. On the downside, people will want to tell you you’re either gay or straight. Don’t let anyone pressure you to make that kind of choice. You are who you are.”I can’t forgive him for being a bully, for doing nothing when his friends harassed someone just for being openly gay. I can admit it’s not entirely his fault, because he’s been raised like this, but he shares some responsibility.The HUGE problem I had with Brett is his lack of empathy. Not only because he doesn’t care about gay kids being bullied - and even think it’s their fault - but he also pressured his girlfriend into having sex with him, and when she told him to leave her alone for a while, all he could think was « I don’t know if I can. And how long is for a while ? » He seriously needs to start paying attention to what other people say, need and want. Oh, and he also uses the « words » fag and faggot like it's fucking okay. Hell to the no. YOU CAN’T DO THAT BRETT.I admit I cried maybe once or twice, but only because the story hit home sometimes, and also because I'm not considering it as a happy story. It was just freaking sad from page 1 to page 191.“And it hits me. Like a fifty-pound halibut. Like a tackle to my midsection. I am bisexual. I am totally bisexual. I am the circle in the middle of that line that Nate drew.And I don’t have a clue what to do about it.”2.75

  • Maddie Lee
    2018-11-16 00:10

    Bi-Normal is one of those rare books that is all about bisexuality, which is often overlooked in literature. Even most LGBT+ books only talk about gay people, and sometimes bisexuals are often excluded and/or rejected in the LGBT+ community.This book is about a sixteen-year old boy named Brett; star football player, one of the popular kids, dating the hottest girl in school. Overall, he’s a pretty average white kid stereotype, and for the subject of this book, I think that makes him a really good candidate for a main character. It shows that yeah, being the school’s golden boy doesn’t automatically make you straight, and yeah, anyone can have a different sexuality from the ‘norm’.On top of having the pressure to be a normal popular jock, worrying about money troubles, and religious to boot, Brett’s in for a pretty tough ride.At the start of the book, we meet Brett’s family and his troubles, and we meet his football team and his girlfriend, Jillia. Oh, and he also meets this kid named Zach, in his art class. From the very beginning of the book, he’s already aware of his attraction to Zach that’s begun to distract him from other things. Having been raised to be straight(as is so common in society) and with religious influence, there are times when he outright denies it to himself, even hoping that “a dose of religion might kick this ugly crap out of [him].”Shudder.More examples of denial:“It’s a crush. I’m crushing on a friggin’ guy. That’s sick. […] I want these feelings to go away. At the same time, I don’t want them to go away.”“Do I fantasize about him? Yeah. A lot, unfortunately. The thing is, I don’t act on it.”And what’s more, Brett becomes so freaked out about his feelings for Zach that he tries to make up for it by engaging in as much physical affection with Jillia as he can, going as far as asking for sex on a couple occasions.At one point he even calls himself Jekyll and Hyde, “a normal guy and a monster guy“, for liking both Jillia and Zach.(Also, sidenote: for a book set in the present day and published in 2013, you’d think Zach would’ve left words like “groovy” in the seventies. Heh.)Read the rest of the review here

  • Kimathy
    2018-11-02 01:14

    Brett Miller is at first the sort of butthead that would be the antagonist of any regular book. However, Brett is our main character and we happen to meet him at a very interesting time in his life. He’s on the football team, makes fun or nerds, has an amazing girlfriend that he loves, but he’s in a sticky sort of situation with his dad and money and now all of a sudden there’s this dude in his art class giving him butterflies in his stomach. What? Brett is confused and concerned about these feelings and it is this issue we see him struggle with. This is the first story I have ever read about a bisexual person, and I was pleased when I first saw it because of this. However, I was disappointed with how quickly the story runs. At only 191 pages the story is rushed and no deep details emerge, no lingering and in depth thoughts are had. I wish that the author could have expanded this story and given us more character from everyone. As a queer person I appreciated the light this shines on bisexuality, but I wish it would have been a bigger one. The story was there, but I felt it need to be flashed out in about 150 (at least) more pages. I would have loved to see more about Zach and Brett’s dad. I would have loved to see more of a relationship between the president of the GSA and Brett, as well. Alas, none of this is up to me. However, I enjoyed reading it all the same (even if it did only take me 3 hours).

  • Angelina Justice
    2018-11-15 00:10

    This is a unique book in that it focuses on bisexuality, a concept not covered as often in the still emerging teen LGBTQ genre. The main character is a male jock and begins to develop feelings for a young man in his art class. This is frightening for him, especially since he has a long time girlfriend that he's crazy about.This is not a happily ever after romance, but it is a decent snapshot of the scary roller coaster ride that adolescent sexuality can be. One of the things I was really impressed by was that a character in the books discusses that sexuality, like most biological traits, falls on a spectrum. Almost no one is 100% "straight".

  • Amiyah Mayo
    2018-11-02 23:23

    I loved this book! This book had so much conflict, and the ending made me happy. But it was sad that the main character liked a boy who he thought was gay but turned out to be straight. If there is a second book to this I would love to read it!! And if their is other books by this author that are similar to this book or as spectacular I would also love to read these as well! But over all I think it is a great book. And I think it really shows the struggles teens have trying to find or hide their identities. And I think the author really has a understanding for the LGBT community, and I just absolutely adore it.

  • Jenna
    2018-11-14 06:13

    Poorly written. Everyone is obnoxious. Reads more like a First Act than complete novel because it's all set up and nothing really happens. Fortunately, it's so short you'll only waste an hour of your life reading.

  • melanie
    2018-11-11 02:15

    3.5/5this took me less than two hours to read and it was really sweet!! i love being bisexual

  • Janelle Dazzlepants
    2018-11-07 23:10

    Bi-Normal tells the story of Brett Miller, your stereotypical high school jock who’s in love with his girlfriend…….until he meets Zach. This book follows Brett over several weeks as he starts to question his sexuality and realises he may not be that different from the gay kids at school that he bullies. This is an important story exploring a marginalised perspective we so rarely hear from in society and fiction: the bisexual male. M.G. Higgins also pairs this with an exploration into toxic masculinity and internalised homophobia. While it’s an incredibly important story, unfortunately it’s just not overly well fleshed out. The characters are barely given any descriptors, any development, and there’s no chemistry to be seen. The relationships are forced, the attraction is forced,and the dialogue is forced. The only chemistry felt between Brett and his girlfriend is him just being a typically hormonal horny teenager who wants to lose his virginity, and Brett’s attraction to Zach somehow gets put down to really liking the scent of the soap that he uses. While I kinda liked that the book doesn’t get tied up in a neat little bow and it’s clear Brett has lots of work to do with accepting himself, it’s frustrating that his internalised homophobia and toxic masculinity aren’t anywhere close to resolved. It virtually ends mid-sentence with Brett accepting his sexuality, but at the same time thinking he should be suppressing it and scolding one of the openly gay students at school. While it’s an important perspective to show in fiction, Higgins’ abrupt ending of of the story makes Brett’s perspective seem more problematic than anything. I wish we’d got to see more.

  • That One Geek Girl
    2018-10-22 23:25

    Review from That One Geek GirlWell, I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did, but the main character is just so unlikable! And I was so excited to read a book with a bisexual protagonist too... Brett Miller is a bullyying jerk, the type that you normally see as the "bad guy." I guess that makes it a bit more interesting once he starts questioning himself, but he's still just a jerk.Overall, this book wasn't completely terrible. I can see some people really connecting with this book and this character, but it just wasn't for me. This book was a quick, easy read, though, at less than 200 pages, so I didn't feel like it was a waste of time. I will admit that I would read a sequel in a heartbeat, just to see if Brett gets anymore likable after realizing what a terrible person he's been to the gay kids at his school. That would be interesting to read.

  • Jackie
    2018-10-20 03:33

    The first YA I've read that focuses on bisexuality. Since it was put out by an educational publisher, I expected it to be pretty flat and info-focused, but was surprised by its fairly nuanced portrait of a stereotypical privileged/bullying jock who is thrown for a loop when he starts to feel attracted to another boy in his art class. Unfortunately, the book is far too short to delve very deeply into any characters besides our protagonist's.

  • B.
    2018-10-20 00:07

    3.5"God is all-powerful. He/she knows what he/she is doing, right?""Yeah.""So did god make a mistake with your friend? Why would god create homosexuality if it was wrong or a mistake?"I think this is the first book I've read that focuses on a bissexual character so I was really excited to jump into it. I ended up really enjoying it, but it is so short and the story was so simple and average. It was just an ok read. ^^

  • Clementine
    2018-10-30 00:09

    A quick read perfect for reluctant or struggling readers. The topic is underrepresented in YA, and it is handled quite well, with sensitivity and honesty. Readers interested in reading about a bisexual boy struggling to come to terms with his feelings will enjoy this one. There aren't easy answers here, and there isn't a totally happy ending, lending authenticity.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-01 23:26

    It was hard to like this character. While I understand the bi struggle, he's just A jerk most of the time.

  • Jenny
    2018-10-20 03:09

    I suppose this book has its merits, but it was focused on a habitually unthoughtful protagonist who was quite unappealing. It's good that there is a bite-sized book out there for teens who may wonder if they're bi, but the books simplicity (while perhaps making it more appealing to reluctant readers) left much to be desired. The fact that the protagonist was completely unaware that bisexuality was a thing, believing that all people must be either 100% gay or 100% straight, seemed a bit unbelievable. The book seemed more like it was designed to deliver superficial educational material than a compelling story.

  • Lydia
    2018-11-19 05:25

    Higgins sets up the premise of this YA novel completely in short, snappy sentences in the first seven pages. Brett's family is troubled ever since his mother died; he's a good kid with a killer girlfriend and lots of friends; and he's acting out because he doesn't understand why he is attracted to both males and females.This can be good, right? Hooks the reader, lays out the conflict. But it also determines exactly what this story is all about - a character development tale which must follow a certain path. The voice is strong which dominates the writing style. It a cleanly constructed book.

  • P
    2018-11-18 00:08

    This book is a short novella, but the main character was so offensive I couldn’t get through it. I’m sure he goes on to discover that being sexist, homophobic and basically anti-everyone but his friends is not ok, but I honestly couldn’t face trying to find out.

  • Jaclyn C
    2018-11-03 03:19

    I could not put this book down. Tells an amazing story on how a boy comes to learn about his bisexuality and how he finally comes to term with it.

  • Courtney
    2018-11-16 05:18

    *warning* this book may contain triggering material including: homophobia, biphobia, the “f” slur, and implied non-consensual sex so if you decide to read it, please read with caution! <3 I was so excited when I saw this book on the shelves at work - and on Bi Visibility Day nonetheless! A book all about bisexuality; I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. I immediately sat down to read it. I finished it all in one sitting; it was a fairly easy read, a short book with short chapters. It was good though; a nice book about a bisexual character, Brett, coming to terms with who he is and with his sexuality as well. He goes through a bit of a crisis throughout the book, battling his internalized biphobia as well as fears of what others will think about him. Throw in a crush on a boy in his art class and he’s just having an all around rough semester. Because he is so deep in the closet and so unable to accept himself, he acts out in some pretty shitty ways - typical “homophobic bully who is only homophobic and a bully becuase he’s in denal about being queer” trope. There were a couple of things about the book that I wasn’t crazy about; there were a few plotholes, the fact that the author brought up the subject of sexual assault but did not really delve into it, a few flat characters… But overall, I did enjoy reading it. The fact that this was an LGBTQ+ book about bisexuality - which is, more often than not, ignored - made me very happy and I thought it dealt with explainning what it means to be bisexual very well.

  • Hollowspine
    2018-11-10 03:21

    The story of a pretty average guy realizing that not everything in his life is simple.Brett starts out with some worries about his family. His mom died and his father's having a difficult time making ends meet. He wants to get a job so that he can help out his Dad and afford a new alternator for his car, which is constantly breaking down. Brett's worries about money become overshadowed however when he goes back to school.He's used to his school life being very simple, very black and white. He's a popular jock with a hot girlfriend. He bullies kids who are different, like Nate, who Brett pities, but also hates, because he's open about being gay and has made himself a target. Brett can't understand why Nate can't just be less obvious about it.Things get even more complicated when Brett realizes that he's attracted to Zach a boy in his art class. He tries to offset his obvious desire for another guy by getting even closer to his girlfriend, but that backfires too. Brett has to reach out to someone in order to figure out what's going on, is he a monster, or what? Talking to Nate is both dangerous, but also necessary, if Brett is going to be able to figure out what he wants.If this story was told from almost any of the other character's POV Brett would definitely have been a bully. He takes out his insecurities and issues on those around him, using others to keep from admitting that he may not fit in with the normative society he values.The characters were pretty generic and simple, from the beginning I think Brett was set up so that readers could see that even the most average/normative person when viewed from the outside, could be struggling with some aspect of their identity. However, all the characters were so one note it was difficult for me as a reader to identify or sympathize with any of the characters.Overall it was an okay read, very quick, with some good messages, but could have used a bit more substance to draw readers in and keep us interested and invested in the outcome of the story.

  • Emily
    2018-11-16 06:05

    One of the few available YA books that features a bisexual YA protagonist. A really fast read (the publisher, Saddleback, is known for publishing Hi-Lo books: higher interest, lower reading level texts especially for developing teen readers), but one that draws too heavily on tropes and stereotypes.Brett, the protagonist, is a sophomore, a football star, and in love with his long-term (two years) girlfriend. But then he meets Zach and finds himself attracted to him. This attraction leads to a personal identity crisis as well as surfaces memories of other boys Brett felt drawn to emotionally and physically when he was younger.Zach, of course, is an artist. Brett's football teammates, of course, are homophobic and bully the two out gay boys at their school. Brett learns that one of the girls on his girlfriend's softball team is a lesbian and there's a discussion in the book about how surprising this is because she's so attractive (in contrast to the girl on the team who "looks like a lesbian" but isn't one). Brett finally turns to one of the gay boys (Nate) for information and learns the term bisexual. He's also introduced to another, older bisexual character who offers help and more information (another bisexual character: great! The scene: not particularly plausible). More happens including another scene in which Brett takes out his frustration on Nate's car with a baseball bat (he apologizes and plans to pay for the damage, but the scene suggests that violence is a "normal" outcome of male frustration).The positives: bisexual representation, Brett's dad's response when Brett comes out to him, Brett's girlfriend's response to their having sex when she's not ready (that's not great, but her response is once she sorts out her feelings), and Brett's hope for the future and the possibility that he might someday have a relationship with another boy...or girl.

  • Daniel
    2018-11-02 00:29

    I was originally drawn to this book because it dealt with bisexuality, a topic that is rarely touched in the LGBTQ community; however, I was quickly disappointed when I opened the book and realized that the characters had no depth to the what so ever. I have never met more generic characters in my life. Brett is your typical high school jock. He has a beautiful girlfriend, jock friends, is bad at art, and a bully. His character struggles with his sexuality throughout the book, and it is through this struggle that we are supposed to begin to sympathize with him: but we don't. His character is predicable. We know his family struggles with coping with their mothers death, and money, and that's it. The characters are severely underdeveloped, the dialogue is atrocious, the characters are uninteresting because we know nothing about them, and the story literally goes nowhere. There is no suspense, no emotion, except for one time when Brett cries in his car, but because we have no attachment to him, WE DON'T CARE!I could go on but there's no point. The book takes about an hour to read, but don't do it. Do something more productive with your time instead, like watch American Idol...seriously.

  • Amber Lovett
    2018-11-08 23:32

    Part of the Gravel Road series. Brett is a football player at Elkhead High, one of the most popular guys in school, and he plans on spending the rest of his life with his beautiful girlfriend Jillia. Brett’s life has its problems: his mother passed away and his father, a fisherman, struggles to support Brett and his sister, but this is nothing Brett can’t handle until he finds himself fantasizing about Zach from his art class. Brett struggles to control his feelings before turning to Nate, an openly gay classmate who he has bullied in the past, in order to understand his own confused sexuality. Despite some setbacks, Brett is able to take positive steps to come to terms with his sexual identity, come out to his father, and seek the help of positive role models. Introduces hi-lo readers to the spectrum of sexual identity and will be a relatable story for LGBTQ teens as told from Brett’s perspective. The portrayal of Brett as a character with traditionally masculine traits and interests will also help readers understand that sexuality is not bound by these characteristics. Recommended. Ages 14-18.

  • Peter
    2018-10-27 00:14

    If there's anything I know, it's that you need to be yourself and be true to yourself. If you're constantly trying to be someone you aren't, you are going to go complete nuts. Brett had it all. Football, friends, and a beautiful girlfriend but that all changes once he notices Zach. He starts to pay attention to Zach in the same way that he did to girls and his girlfriend and he doesn't know what to do about it. What follows is confusion, anger, depression, and finally some semblance of acceptance thanks to help from an unlikely source. How would you feel if you had your life figured out only to have the proverbial rug pulled out from under you and then suddenly you're thrust into a world of emotion that you know nothing about and want more than anything for it to stop but it won't?

  • Emma Johansson
    2018-11-17 04:35

    Väldigt lättläst men det är bara störande tills man har kommit in i berättelsen. Många tyckte inte om huvudkaraktären, och ibland kunde jag också känna att han var lite väl osympatisk men för det mesta kunde jag ändå förstå honom. Jag förutsåg inte hur hela kärlekshistorien skulle sluta, så det var ganska uppfriskande och jag tyckte om att det främst handlade om att upptäcka sin bisexualitet och att det inte handlade om att bli ihop med någon utan att inse någonting om sig själv och acceptera det. Slutet var faktiskt ganska behagligt och trots att boken inte är något mästerverk så är den värd att kolla in om man tycker den verkar bra.

  • Sandy
    2018-10-24 05:08

    I thought this book was pretty good. I've read a few reviews where the reviewer said they didn't like the main character. I guess for some people the main character needs to be good, nice and sweet to have a good story. Yes, Brett and his friends were bullies. He also figures out he's bisexual and has conflicting feelings. I also liked the ending and how it might give some people, those who might be going through this right now, hope. This is why I read these types of books. Everyone needs to see themselves in a book so they know they aren't alone. I work in a conservative public library and I'm glad to have this book and others like it on the shelves for young adults to read.

  • L. Layale
    2018-11-03 03:19

    This could have been so much better. 2.5 stars. This should have been a full blown novel. The internal conflict with Brett was good, but how it manifested outside of himself was poorly done. I'm a bit upset that a lot of LGBTQ+ stories, particularly for young adults aren't giving them the service they deserve. Where is the J.K. R of the lgbtq+ author community? I'm upset because this also took me maybe 30 minutes to read. I felt lead on by this story and the summery. Hopefully other books I find in this genre are done better. These types of stories need to be written and told. Hetero is not the only norm (hence he title of this book).

  • Julie
    2018-10-29 03:30

    A pretty quick read. I don't know what the cover has to do with any of it, now that I've read it.It's pretty much a teenage boy discovering he's bi and angsting about it. Which I actually liked, but I'm sure it's not for everyone. Because there is literally nothing else in the book. No sideplots except his father's money problems. No aliens. No time travel. Just that.Which is great because there aren't a lot of bisexual YA books, but it's definitely an issue book.I felt it started to fall apart towards the end -- he really doesn't know what bisexual /means/ until someone tells him? He's like 17 or something. And then several things are resolved all really quickly.

  • Em
    2018-10-27 04:15

    Yes, the main character was pretty unlikable. I was impressed with how the writer seemed really well educated on the lgbt community (not knowing if the author is lgbt or not, I know nothing about them), I enjoyed that there were characters who actually call themselves bisexual! I also think that the shitty decisions Brett makes are really realistic for a teenager, especially shitty decisions regarding sex. I think this book does a good job of showing what navigating sex, sexuality, and relationships when you're a teenager is like. This book is really short so it gets straight (ha) to the plot and the subject of the story.

  • Roxanne
    2018-11-18 00:14

    I picked this one because it deals with bisexuality which is still quite rare in today's media but while it's nice to see bi characters, this book wasn't for me. Too short, main character too flat and annoying and I guess it's supposed to be set in a contemporary setting (having been published in 2013) but it didn't seem that way when reading. I have a little trouble believing that gay students are still so heavily bullied in high school (please correct me if I'm wrong) but maybe it's because I don't live in the us and those kinds of thing didn't happen when I was in high school.

  • Tanja
    2018-11-03 03:28

    Well, this was over fast.It started off like every other questionable slash fanfiction I read 10+ years ago, but of course the character slowly realizing he's bi instead of suddenly being 100% gay, no questions asked, is a pleasant chance.I just felt the book ended exactly when it started going somewhere, and when some of the characters (including the main one) became more interesting, or at least slightly more fleshed out.Anyways, I liked what was there but would have loved more, but the ending not being super clishéd was a nice touch.