Book Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson


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Title: The Art of Being Normal
Author:  Lisa Williamson
Hardback: 275 pages
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Young Adult
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This was an amazing book representing transgender. We see through dual POV, David who has wanted to be a girl ever since he was young and Leo who is the new student at David’s school; Eden Park School – a rich, prep school – Leo just wants to be invisible and get through the school year. But, the school starts buzzing when they find out that something happened at Leo’s old school bringing him to Eden Park.

David has great friends, who know that he wants to transition but he struggles at times being the third wheel since the two are dating. David has also not told his family about wanting to transition because of fear to how they will react, especially his father.

Leo is a mystery, so I am not going to say too much on him. But, I loved his story because it was so mysterious. We get to meet his family and their past history. He’s on the hunt to find his father, who left them when he and his sister were born.

I really just loved this story and everything it had in it. Especially, the friendship that evolves between Leo and David when Leo stands up to the bully David is trying to fight off. Leo was my favorite character, but I liked David’s family and friends. They were fun and very friendly. David has a very accepting coming out to his family however, it felt realistic as the parents build up emotions toward David and they don’t understand completely. The ending was bittersweet and had me smiling for David and for Leo.

I really enjoyed this because it was different and it didn’t focus heavily on a romance. It focused more on David and Leo’s lives, personalities and their future. This is a brief review because I do not want to spoil the book!

Between 2010 and 2012, I worked as an administrator at the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), based at the world-famous Tavistock Centre in North London. GIDS is the NHS service for under-eighteens struggling with their gender identity. The young people who used the service inspired me to write a story from the point of view of a transgender teenager. This eventually became The Art of Being Normal.  http://www.lisawilliamsonauthor.com/about.html 
The Art of Being Normal is not an own voices book. However, the representation comes from the author, Lisa Williamson’s’ experience working as an administrator at a Gender Identity Development Service. If you’re looking for a book that features transgender, I really recommend this one. Also, if you enjoyed, IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, you’ll like this one.

January Wrap Up + February TBR


I read A LOT this month. It’s probably the best I’ve read compared to last year. I read a total of 8 books. This makes me feel that I’m going to have a great reading year! Since I started out strong.

February will be a fun reading month since I am hosting Twitter sprints over on the @emojiathon Twitter!


 

WHAT I READ IN JANUARY.

  1. the fill in boyfriend by kasie west star icon star icon star icon star icon star icon
  2. on the fence by kasie west star icon star icon star icon
  3. tell me three things by julie buxbaum star icon star icon star icon star icon star icon
  4. all the bright places by jennifer niven star icon star icon star icon star icon
  5. it ends with us by colleen hoover star icon star icon star icon star icon star icon
  6. we are the ants by shaun david hutchinson star icon star icon star icon star icon
  7. you know me well by david levithan, nina lacour star icon star icon
  8. the art of being normal by lisa williamson star icon star icon star icon star icon star icon

 

 

WHAT I PLAN TO READ IN FEBRUARY. Image result for valentines day gif tumblr

For the Diverse Reads 2017 Challenge –  February – POC/ Biracial/ Multiracial Main Character/Lead

  • I will be reading Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. This book is also #ownvoices.

If you missed my EMOJIATHON TBR & Announcement, click here.

I’ll be trying to read the books on that TBR because the readathon is the whole month of Feb! I’ll be hosting on Valentine’s Day, so if you’re not busy come and read with me!

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#DiverseAThon Wrap Up


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Today is the last day of DiverseAThon. I have read two diverse books this week with school and work getting in the way. I’m posting my wrap up early because I know I’m not going to read today because of school work. To see my TBR post, click here.  Anyway, here is what I read for Diverse A Thon. I will also have a January wrap-up posted this week as well.

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This was a difficult book for me to get through. I started it earlier last year (won the book in a Goodreads giveaway) and I was disappointed. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016, and I really feel like it fell short. I went to the audiobook after having a hard time reading the book. The audio helped it go quicker haha.

My overall thoughts are that it really felt like Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and if it would’ve continued the story as the night that Mark and Kate have, that would’ve made for a better storyline.

As for representation, it was okay. I liked having a cast of LGBTQIA+ characters.

I did discuss this book on a liveshow with other Booktubers for the YA Booktube Awards if you want to see our thoughts on You Know Me Well, We are the Ants and If I Was Your Girl. Click here to watch it.

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This book was AMAZING. I’m so glad I read it. This follows David, who has known he wants to be a girl since he was young and Leo, who is a new student to Eden Park School and wants to just get by.

The transgender representation in this book was excellent. I loved it so much, it was a great story of friendship and acceptance. Ugh, it was so good.

This is not own voices, but…The author Lisa Williamson worked as an administrator at a Gender Identity Development Service. If you’re looking for a book that features transgender characters I really recommend this one.

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So, those are the two books I read for DiverseAThon! If you participated, what did you read?

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