The Art of Being Normal (Williamson, Lisa)

9/10

The art of being normal

 

Synopsis

Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in Year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, and unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book was amazing! It had me hooked from the very first page. David and Leo are incredibly, in-depth characters, whose emotions and behaviours are very relatable to a lot of people. The fact that they are both transgender makes the story all the more powerful and hard hitting, especially when they both get tormented by their school bullies. It tackles an issue which isn’t covered enough in young adult books which is what makes ‘the art of being normal’ a very unique book, well worth the time to read.

This novel follows the lives of two boys, David and Leo; David wants to be a girl and Leo used to be a girl. Williamson manages to include the correct balance of humour and also empathy within the pages of the book, in order to keep you interested in the story but also connected to the dilemmas that the two boys face, even when you’re not reading the book.

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