The Art of Being Normal Review 

After reading All about Mia by Lisa Williamson I sort out her previous work.


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 11 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 …

Williamson has a way of bringing up tough subjects and making us care. I didn’t love this book as much as All about Mia but the characters were still gripping. 

Leo is an amazing character. He is my favourite out of the two main characters. He has transferred school and want a to remain on the outside of things. He is emotionally deep and scared from previous bad relationships. Williamson portrays is internal struggle amazingly.

David wants to be a girl and is bullied for being a freak. He is instantly drawn the Leo but dosn’t know why. Both boys help each other through an rollercoaster of emotional turmoil. There slow burn friendship is great. Leo dosn’t want friends but ends up leaning on David. In turn he helps David have the confidence to be who he truly is.

The story was wonderfully written and emotionally gripping.

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