Pride Month – Book Recommendation #2

I hope you all enjoyed my first book recommendation for Pride Month last week. If you haven’t checked it out please do here.

This weeks’s recommendation is one that I fell in love with as soon as I started reading it. It is a beautifully written story and one that I think all of you should read.

The Art of being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Published by: David Fickling Books
Released: January 2016
Page Count: 353
Genre: Contemporary YA

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 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…

This is the first book that I ever read that featured trans characters. Obviously before I read this I knew what trans meant but I feel like this book helped influence me to research more into the topic. And it certainly did enlighten me.

I enjoyed the plot and how the storyline progressed and the slow forming friendship between David and Leo was one that I still think about to this day. The amount of research that also went into this novel was commendable.

I would definitely recommend The Art of Being Normal as a good starting point for those who have never read a book about trans character before. It will help enlighten you and influence you to find out more.

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