January 22nd, 2021
| Published: January 2015 |
| Genre: Contemporary |
| Sub-Genre: LGBT+ |
| Length: 353 Pages |
| Age: Young Adult |
| My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ |
This was my second time reading The Art of Being Normal and unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it quite as much this time around (it went from a five star to a three star read) I still think it’s well worth you giving it a go though.
What Is It About?
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 eleven 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…
What Did I Think?
This book features two different perspectives that are both realistic and relatable. The two main characters David and Leo have two completely different lives, growing up in different family dynamics and social environments, and yet that doesn’t change the fact that they were both very likeable. I was rooting for them and I really hoped that things worked out in there favour. I ended up feeling quite protective of them because they were just such amazing and distinguished characters.
The main discussion point of this book is being normal and how there is no such thing as normal. Just because someone is different to you doesn’t mean they deserve to be treated badly. This book sends this message perfectly, it features bullying, loneliness, anxiety and family problems. Something almost all teenagers can relate to.
This book also handles transsexuality in a wonderful way. This book gave me a deeper understanding of struggles someone discovering their gender identity might face. It’s not an Own Voices book, but I feel the author really did their research and created a informative but also entertaining story.
I would recommend this book to everybody, because when a book has you jumping with joy and gasping in shock and shouting in anger, you know it’s got to be a good one.