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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

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I have so many to catch up on!

 

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Blurb:

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