I recently borrowed this book from my local library after seeing someone recommend it for people of my age. It’s called The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.
This book is about 2 boys who both hold their own secret.
David secretly wants to be a girl, ever since he was 8 years old when his teacher asked him to write down what he wanted to be when he was older, his response? “I want to be a girl.” This answer not quite like any other kids. He finds it hard to be a boy and cringes every time his feet, hands or even his penis grow. He lives with the fear of telling his family and allows them to just assume that he is gay, he feels that that’s easier than telling them that he is a straight girl trapped inside a boy’s body. But things soon start to change when he meets Leo Denton.
Leo is new to Eden Park School and no one knows why he left his previous school. Rumors start to spread and soon Leo feels isolated, just what he wants, but why? What is he hiding? And with a mother who cares about nobody but herself, her fags and her cider, is there really any wonder of why Leo behaves the way he does?
Soon a weird but wonderful friendship forms between David and Leo and their secrets soon begin to unravel.
This is a beautiful story that will make you laugh, cry, ooooh and ahhhh. I was hooked from the beginning. This is now one of my favourite books and it featured in my January Favourites. It is quite different to anything I have ever read before although it does have a few clichés. It gives you an insight to transgender people and allows you to understand more. I highly recommend this book and I feel that anyone can enjoy it.
Thanks for reading, I hope you have enjoyed this post and want to read this great book for yourself!