Norman is probably THE sweetest of the Dessen boys. He’s also not as widely adored as the other Dessen boys. That’s partly because the book isn’t really about him and Colie. Nonetheless, he deserves recognition. He has that whole surfer look going on, he’s eccentric and an amazing artist. He collects sunglasses and incorporates them into his portraits. Like Colie, I liked him well enough, but didn’t really think of him as a love interest. He’s one of those guys who goes under the radar until someone points out to you, “Hey, dork! He likes you, ya know!” and you’re like, “He does??” You start looking at him in a different light, but it isn’t until you see him in his element that he becomes desirable. As soon as Norman starts to sketch Colie for her portrait, he almost becomes another person. He knows what he’s doing when it comes to art and that confidence makes him sexy.
Favorite Norman scene (or one of…):
We sat there, not talking, for a few minutes. He ate the Moon Pie; only skinny people can scarf down junk food like that. Finally, I said, “Norman?”
“Are you ever going to show me the painting?”
“Man,” he said. “You are, like, so impatient.”
“I am not,” I said. “I’ve been waiting forever.”
“Okay, okay.” He stood up and went over to the corner, picking up the painting and bringing it over to rest against the bright pink belly of one of the mannequins. Then, he handed me a bandana. “Tie that on.”
“Why?” I said, but I did it anyway. “Norman, you are way too into ceremony.”
“It’s important.” I could hear him moving around, adjusting things, before he came to sit beside me. “Okay,” he said. “Take a look.”
Then more swoony stuff happens, but I don’t want to ruin it. :)
And here’s a quote from this book that’s always stayed with me:
“You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect, you should expect it.”
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