Lauren’s family have just moved house, and a new home means a new school. Lauren is determined to take this opportunity to completely reinvent herself and she quickly makes friends and settles in to her new life. Everything’s going to plan until she runs into Harry, a boy she met four summers ago. Luckily for Lauren, Harry doesn’t seem to remember her, and she knows it has to stay that way.
Then, just when things are starting to go well again, creepy packages start appearing in Lauren’s locker with no explanation. Finally, she receives a disturbing, anonymous note: ‘Isn’t it time your new friends knew all about you?’
I had high expectations for this book however I found it a massive disappointment; the action and storyline only seemed to pick up speed in the last few chapters, whilst the vast majority of the novel seemed to drag on, talking in cryptic messages about this ‘secret’ that Lauren is hiding from her past, which turns out to be something that isn’t that big of a deal. I won’t say what that secret is because that would mean the entire worthwhile parts of the plot would be revealed. A very boring and disappointing read.
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.