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The Art of being Normal by Lisa Williamson

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…

Why you should read this book.

Put simply this book is just wonderful and fully deserves all the hype that has surrounded it for months now. On every level. It tackles a sensitive topic in a kind and thoughtful way and puts a human face to a group of people within society who are regularly victims of prejudice and discrimination for just being themselves. Books like this one are needed to tackle such appalling attitudes and I for one think every school library should have multiple copies so that it becomes compulsory reading for all teenagers.

Not only is this book brilliant for tackling the issues in the way it does it also is spot on for the voice and the the storyline are spot on. From the first page I was hooked on the characters and needed to know what was going to happen to them. I was so invested by the end that I didn't want it to end and I've had a huge book hangover since I read this glorious read that no other book has come close to.

In short I adore this book. Its characters and storyline are expertly done which makes for a perfectly stunning debut novel that I can't stop recommending to any and everyone. I cannot wait to see what Lisa Williamson comes up with next.


Unknown said…
Great review! I loved this book so much