The Boys of Dessen: Norman

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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.”

Here is the synopsis for Keeping the Moon:

“Colie expects the worst when she’s sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast — first for being fat and then for being “easy” — Colie has no friends at home and doesn’t expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.” 


And now for the Keeping the Moon Giveaway!

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Now Closed.



Jess @ Gone with the Words

15 Responses to “The Boys of Dessen: Norman”

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    How exciting! I'll admit I haven't read any of Sarah Dessen's books (*hangs head shamefully*) but this might be a good way to start! I'm definitely interested in them

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    The Boys of Dessen – I call them the Dessen Boys.
    But I just love how they warrant their own name, they are like A Thing.

    I loved how you described Norman, I hadn't thought about it but it is his confidence in his art that makes him appealing, he's modest but he knows he's a good artist, and I like that about him.

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    I am sooooooooooooooo happy you are doing this! I easily forget stuff from books if I've read them awhile back…I seriously have a horrible memory and I get made fun of on a regular basis because of it!

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    Excellent Post! I do adore Norman (I <3 that his name is Norman…Dessen picks the best names for her guys) and that is also my favorite quote from that book.

    Happy Sarah Dessen Week & WHTG Book Birthday!!

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    Love the teaser! Really great. I've seen more and more of these books lately, and they sure look good!

    Here's my teaser for the week!

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

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    Keeping the Moon is the next on my list to read,I love how all her books have adorable guys in them.Boys in books are so much better.

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