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Friday, October 14, 2016

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
"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 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."- summary from Amazon

I absolutely adored this book. Williamson wrote very well from both Leo and David's perspective- Leo as someone who was already starting their transition, and David as someone still in the closet about his transgender identity. Their stories slowly started to merge as the book went on, but the amount of time they spend together was sweet to see as they both open up to each other. It was great to read about their friendship and being open about who they were with each other at least, and it's good for readers to see a character having already started living life as their true gender, and a character just starting to really come to terms with it and understanding it.

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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