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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson


I have so many to catch up on!





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, an 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 …


This book made me cry so much.

As the blurb states, its about two boys with two big secrets.

David Piper has always known he was different. People at school call him a freak, his parents think he’s gay and his only two best friends know the truth. David longs to be a girl. He was born in the wrong body but he doesn’t know how to tell his parents this because how do you tell your parents that you want to be a girl?

Then a new boy comes into school; Leo Denton. He’s quiet and moody and would most probably beat you if you said anything to him. He wants to be invisible and just get on with school or what’s left of it and not get into trouble. But when Leo sees David being picked on, he sticks up for him and they form an unlikely friendship.

Because of that, Leo attracts the attention of the popular girl Alicia, something he didn’t want to do. Especially as he falls for her pretty fast and the pair are making out at every opportunity. But Leo has a secret himself, one that he doesn’t want to get out but lets face it, with enemies at school, its bound too.

Through all the secrets and truths that are revealed, one thing is certain. The unlikely friendship between Leo and David grows stronger and they help each other out in a lot of ways…


Not the greatest summary I know, but I really don’t want to give anything away regarding Leo’s secret. If I’m being honest I had a little inkling as to what it was but when he has his flashbacks, I suspected something different.

This is the first transgender book I’ve ever read and it will probably be the last. I don’t mean that horribly I just mean that the book was so good and so heartwarming and heart breaking at times that it’s ruined me for other transgender books (I probably will read other books on this subject though!)

Lisa Williamson has written two characters that you can really get involved with. From the first page I was caught in David and his desperate need to become a girl. I felt for him. He was alone in this, despite having told is two best friends, but no one else understood him. No one else can understand the longing to be something that your not. He was a character to really lose your emotions too.

Then there’s Leo. As I mentioned I had an inkling as to what his secret was before it was revealed, but damn he broke my heart too. Like David he was alone on everything too and had a lot more secrets than David. When they go to find Leo’s real dad and the scenes that followed, god I was in tears! I just can’t believe how cruel some parents can be. I’m glad he had David there, or Kate, as he called himself that weekend.

When everything comes out about Leo, I was heartbroken. Especially with how everyone treated him. I wanted to punch every single one of them who said the horrible things. I don’t understand how people can’t understand things and have to be horrible to others just because they are different.

As I said I got involved with this book!

I’m not transgender so I can’t imagine how bad it must be to be trapped in a body that you shouldn’t have but Lisa managed to convey it perfectly.

Everything was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time and I don’t think I can convey how much you need to read this book. Yeah my review isn’t doing it much justice I know, but honestly its such an amazing book. One of my best reads of 2016! (yes I’m way behind on reviews!)

A definite must read

And a thank you to Adam who brought this book for me for my birthday.

5 out of 5 stars


Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon





Live life in a bubble?

Or risk everything for love?

Maddy is allergic to the world.

She hasn’t left her house in seventeen years.

Olly is the boy next door.

He’s determined to find a way to reach her.

Everything, Everything is about the crazy risks we take for love.


Maddy is allergic to everything. She lives her life in her house with her mum and her nurse never having been outside. This is her life. Waiting for the moment she’ll eventually die.

But then they get new next door neighbours and when she sees the boy back flipping against the house, it’s like her life starts living again.

Olly is determined to reach her and through a series a emails they get to know each other and when they meet face to face for the first time is quick to see that their hearts will never be the same again.

Olly has his own family problems. His dad is abusive and Maddy can’t do anything to help him being stuck inside the house.

On the next visit Olly and Maddy touch and sparks fly, the next visit he kisses her and life has suddenly started for Maddy.

But she knows that there could also be heartbreak. She can’t leave the house and Olly’s at school, with other girls who he could easily fall in love with.

Then Maddy decides to live her life and goes outside and flys to Hawaii with Olly where they spend a few blissful days together before something bad happens.

With Maddy stuck back at home she resolves that this will always be her life and that she should just forget about Olly but when she receives a doctors note from the nurse in Hawaii saying that she may not have this condition her life turns upside down.

Can there really be hope for a normal life? Or is she always going to live her life inside?

OMG this books literally was Everything Everything! (See what I did there haha)

Maddy’s story is heartbreaking and you want nothing more than for her to be with Olly. Her condition means that she’s allergic to the world and can’t leave her house. She has a nurse 24/7 who is her best friend and a mother who, thankfully, is a doctor so she knows how to care for her. But when she sees Olly for the first time she knows her life is about to change. She falls for Olly hard and she knows it’ll end in heartbreak but she just can’t stop. Olly is everything to her. Best friend, confidant, first love and possibly her last love too. She just wants to be normal and when she runs away with him, for a few days she is. Even if she knows that being outside for so long she’ll eventually die but why can’t she just be normal for a few days? Maddy wants everything and she knows she’s not going to be able to get it stuck inside all the time. When she returns home and reads the letter from the nurse in Hawaii she tries to find out if her condition is actually what her mother says or is it something different? What happens though when she finds out changes everything.

Olly. Oh wow that boy! On the outside he looks confident and cocky but in reality, even though he is that in a way too, he’s sensitive and funny and falls in love with Maddy straight away. He wants to have a life with her, even if that means she spends her life inside, he wants to be with her. Olly worries about her all the time but he knows that worrying won’t help her. When he runs away with her, its the best few days of his life. He’s away from his family problems and he’s with the girl he loves. When something happens he’s terrified he’s going to lose her but when they return back home, Maddy calls time on them. He’s heartbroken and soon the family are moving away. From meeting each other their lives have changed for the better. They know what living is and the ending… EEEEEEK!

The book is brilliant and so addictive from the first page. The truth that comes out is heartbreaking and you will cry as to why this has all come about. Damn this book is just everything you want in a book. Its funny and heartwarming and heartbreaking and full of love.

Maddy and Olly are so adorable together and I loved reading about them together. When I finished the book, I wanted more from these characters. I still want more. I didn’t want their story to end.

I will definitely 100% read another book by Nicola Yoon.

For her debut book it was extraordinary and it really does show the crazy risks you do for love.

Read this book. You won’t be disappointed

5 out of 5 stars