REVIEW: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

I received this book for free from David Fickling Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa WilliamsonThe Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Published by David Fickling Books on 1st January 2015
Genres: contemporary, LGBT, young adult
Format: ARC
Source: David Fickling Books
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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…

The buzz around the release of The Art of Being Normal has been crazy! So many of my trusted friends and fellow reviewers have loved it so the pressure was on when I chose to read it myself.

Williamson has created a novel I wish had been written years ago. It’s incredibly brave – I don’t think there’s anything too similar to it published at the moment – and it stands out because of its themes and content. However, I’m sad because I wish there were more books just like The Art of Being Normal. I’m going to make it my mission to seek them out! I hope it leads the way to similar books being published.

David has one wish: he wants to be a girl. It’s something that only his two best friends know. As he starts a new school year, Leo Denton starts in year eleven, a boy shrouded in mystery. He is determined to be invisible. The school year plays out and the two boys find out that things at Eden Park School don’t stay secret for long.

I really loved both protagonists and especially how distinguishable they were. Each stood out on their own but also interacted well together, which is what I love in a multiple perspective novel.

David was such a loveable character. Being the same age, I thought I could relate to him a lot and really sympathise with his situation. I wish he were my friend!

Leo’s character development was amazing to read. It was almost as if it was unfolding in real time and I loved seeing him grow and change. Authors take note – this was a perfect character arc!

Please, please, please read The Art of Being Normal! I want to scream from the rooftops about it, and I know I’m not the only one!


Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.


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    Chrissi Reads

    12 January, 2015

    This book should arrive at my house today. I can’t wait to read it. Fantastic review!
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    12 January, 2015

    Oo Oo Oo!!! I just bought this book and am reading it once I finish my current novel :O I’m so excited, I’ve definitely read nothing like it. I’ve read a little bit of gay fiction but there’s barely enough of that kicking about let alone trans fiction! The fact that you like it absolutely fills me with confidence :3 Great blog, keep up the good work x

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    Alice Gallagher

    12 January, 2015

    I have seen stands for this book, the hype is huge!! I think I might read it one time 🙂

    Alice x

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    15 January, 2015

    Oooo you have me so excited for this now!! This book sounds so beautiful! Definitely need to get my hands on it. Wonderful review, Lucy!
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