Kaeya Garay, a transfer student on a quest to hide her Tourette Syndrome.Thatcher Kelly, a literature obsessed junior on the edge of a breakdown.

Sam, an indie filmmaker with a secret of his own.

They meet. They plan. They find.

“There’s an unfortunate side effect of love, an infinite ache that keeps us up at night.”

I like the “feel” of being in school, and this book gave me that experience. My high school days weren’t the best, so in a way, I identify with the main characters. Bullying takes many forms. Verbal is the worst. The answer to this subject surprised me.

“Add, ‘I love you’ to any sentence, and you can say just about anything,” Kaeya.

I give 5-stars to books that leave a lasting impression on me. Fifteen Seconds of Normal did that, and more. I’ll miss the characters who delivered an important message of how to weather high school.

I turned the page and SHOCK. Talk about a whip-lashing twist.

Every middle school and high school student, every parent of a student, should read this book. Powerful message on how to combat bullying. I hope this author writes more books like this.


I bought this book at WCWC 2018 (Omaha)

Randy Tramp

Amazon Review:

It’s a military thriller with a heart. Commander Mark Steele has an exciting job in Special Forces. Though it’s dangerous, he knows his work is critically important. But that job separates him from his wife and child. When an injury brings him home, his wife is glad to have him back. But other issues cause struggles within the family, leading to distrust and hurt. Steele takes dangerous risks in his new work. The thriller plot thickens, as he seeks to save a life. But can he save his family?

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