Book Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being NormalDavid 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 his class 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 , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl.
As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.

*My thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for giving me a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own in this review.*

I don't know what I can say other than that this book was fabulous. It had lovable characters; a serious, yet fun story line; with a very satisfying ending, this book is near perfect.

I loved all of the characters in this book. I feel like every reader can in someway relate to at least one of the characters. They all go through so many different things; one of the main issues, being normal. I feel like everybody struggles with fitting in, and being normal. So, I think that everybody will be able to relate to this book in one way or another.

This book was very refreshing. There are a lot of LGBTQIA books coming out lately; that's not a bad thing, but they do tend to seem the same. You know what I mean? They all tend to have similar story lines. That was not the case for this book though. There are so many different elements in this book, that there was always something new. That is one of the big reasons I loved this book.

The only reason I didn't give this book the full five stars is because I feel like it didn't reach me on the emotional level that the author wanted it to. Yes, I did feel the emotions in this book, but they weren't as tear-jerking as I wish they were.

Overall, I loved this book! It had great characters, a original story line, and I had a great time reading it. I highly recommend. 

4.5 Points
I loved this book!        



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