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A high standardFourteen year old David Piper has only told two people his two best friends Essie and Fox who have both been incredibly supportive that he has wanted needed to be a irl ever since he was a small child David has written a letter to his parents explaining how he feels but cannot bring himself to Blood Debt (Immortals, give it to them He already suspects that they think he say but he s not ready tell them the whole story just yet And he s certainly not Freud and Nabokov going to tell anyone else at school he s already being called a freak show David meets newcomer Leo Denton on his first day at Eden Park School He walks over to him even though Leo doesn t seem to want to talk to anyone at all let alone make friends When the school bully just won t leave David alone Leo steps in and now David just has toet to know him But Leo s had to move schools for a reason and David s about to be the first one to discover whyI ve been reading a lot of American young adult contemporary novels lately and so it was a bit of a shock to step into such an obviously English voice even though I knew The Art of Being Normal was UKYA It made me realise how much I miss it I don t know why are we really that different but even though the world of school and the struggles of The Lost Steps growing up are essentially the same across the pond UKYA just makes teenage life feel that little vivid and relatable But what is normal huhI have yet to meet someone who didn t enjoy The Art of Being Normal It has a brilliant as well as important title because it s not an issues book It s not really about being transgender but is a story that just happens to have a transgender character David doesn t feel like he s not normal he s just trying to find a way to communicate that to everyone else It s about what it s like torow up make friends and deal with family It s about class and identity and how people are perceived by others It s all heightened when you are a teenager because it s difficult not to care less you can t live on your own and you can t do what you want It can be uite suffocating so it s helpful to hear stories about teenagers Abecedarium going through the same experiences as youThe Art of Being Normal is one of the first books I ve read that talks about transgender lives Lisa Williamson not only writes an incredible contemporary novel full of laughs and emotion but also a responsible and respectful one If you ve never read a book that talks about being transgender if you want to read diversely or if you just want a realistic empathetic coming of age story pick up The Art of Being Normal and start to dismantle the definition of normal bit by bit I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books I m a trans person and when I saw this book I was super excited It had a cool cover and a premise I was personally interested inHowever once I started reading I was honestly very disappointedI know that trans people have different experiences and points of view on theirender but so many things about this book seemed off to me The book isn t written by a trans person and that was my first clue In the blurb Two boys and David wants to be a irlBeing trans isn t about wanting to be another ender We actually are that Simon Bolivar gender but have been seen as our birthender And that wanting to be a Arashi No Yoru Ni girl shtick continues through the whole storyUnderstandably David has some internalized transphobia and says some pretty transphobic things to Leo I can t remember any specifics because I have lent the book to a friend but I remember this And Leo also says some transphobic things to David which was odd as he s trans tooAlso David uses hehim pronouns throughout the whole book which Iuess Wives and Sisters goes with the whole wants to be airl thing I can t really put it into words because my brain is silly but as a trans person I felt uncomfortable reading this especially as it was written by a cis author and it was specifically taking about someone being trans To me it wasn t an accurate representation of what it was like to be trans and this Tree Crops goes on the list of disappointing trans books along with What We Left Behind by Robin Talley David longs to be airl David is a irl who longs for acceptance The Art of Being Normal was not be a irl David is a Self Love: Achieve Lasting Self Love with Positive Thinking, Unconditional Confidence, and Unshakeable Self Esteem girl who longs for acceptance The Art of Being Normal was not I had expected I would say that this is aood introduction for someone who wants to know about life as a transgender kid and adolescent It is a heartfelt novel for sure but not a perfect oneI had difficulties connecting with the characters especially with David She is 15 years old if I am not mistaken but she acts like a 12 year old In most situations David and her friends seemed way too young and immature to for example o on a #Weekend Trip On Their Own Or Have Relationships And Sex # trip on their own or have relationships and sex behaviour was not according to their age Their lack of depth and complexity added to my inability to connect with these characters and made them seem even childish David is way to I couldn t finish thisit deals with an incredibly important issue and relevant topic in today s society but the book just felt like a eneric ya bookI wanted to read this book for the trans character and to see how well the story would deal with the issue but after 110 pages I couldn t even really Best Filipino Stories get to the core issue because the writingdialogue and story were so painfully clicheThe story screams American cliche high school trash that we see in so many media outlets and the book isn t even set in Americait s set in England so why are they acting so AmericanThe story was so painfully boring with the typical high school bullies who felt so unrealistic because they used pathetic insults like freak showThe dialogue was depressingly boring and failed iniving the characters any depth or personalityI think the worst thing I read was when one character uses the word Amazeballs CringeNo one ever says thatit felt like the author was desperately trying to make the story appeal to a younger audienceI looked up what happens in the story and it s incredibly predictable so I m Sky and Earth Cielo Y Tierra glad I stopped readingIt s such a shame I couldn t carry on reading this book when I was so looking forward to it especially due to the trans characters but then the characters have literal no developmentthe story is depressinglyeneric and the dialogue is painful 35 starsLoved the introductory exploration of trans issues in this book even if it faltered in other areas The Art of Being Normal follows two protagonists who both Dances Through Glass go to Eden Park School David Piper a biological male who has always wanted to be airl and Leo Denten an outsider with dark secrets of his own Though the two seem uite different David reserved and wistful Leo moody and confrontational a twist of fate brings them together in ways neither of them expectI appreciated Lisa Williamson s willingness to tackle a trans character and the challenges they face She makes David s struggle to accept himself a central part of the plot while writing his dual perspective with Leo in a way that maintains a solid pace for the story as a whole David and Leo both have strengths and weaknesses which humanizes them way than if they had been perfect Christ figures The Art of Being Normal flowed well which I attribute to Williamson s easy to navigate writingI wanted from several domains of this book though Williamson s writing while smooth did not convey the nuanced underpinnings of the characters struggles Leo s family and David s two best friends both felt like accessories to David s desire to transition and it would have been nice to see those characters relationships fleshed out Though I read The Art of Being Normal on my Kindle it felt a bit too thin for me to build strong attachments to our protagonistsI liked this book and think others will too though I feel even excited to read other developed young adult books with trans characters Looking forward to reading Williamson s future work and I admire the effort she put into crafting this stor. Y así su amistad comienza a fraguarse Todo en sus vidas está a punto de cambiar porue ¡ué difícil es mantener secretos en la escuela Eden Park¿ué significa para ti ser norma. It s Lord of the Flies got the small humor bits that add laughter to it but it s alsoot the respectful diversity a book should have Fantastic Highly recommended The Art of Being Normal is the story of a transgender character named David and his journey to finally telling his family and the rest of the world that he wishes to be referred to as Kate and would like to begin transitioningI have to be honest and say that I don t believe I ve read a book about a transgender character before certainly not as the main focus of the story I know they exist so it s either down to my own lack of diverse reading or a distinct lack of books covering this topic I suspect it s a bit of bothI enjoyed this immensely it s very easy to read and I liked both of the dual POVs I also appreciated the use of different fonts for both just to keep me on track It features some serious and important themes all of which were handled well including of course sexuality and Merciless (Dominion, gender but also bullying family relationships poverty and abandonment probably a few too But beyond the struggles of David and Leo it never felt heavy if that s the right word I certainly felt sad and angry as well as happy and warm but I enjoyed the whole journeyAs others have said a must read if you enjoy the work of David Levithan and Maureen Johnson I m transgender myself and I work with transgender youth so of course I m bringing that to the table I didn t hate this book in fact I uite liked large parts of it but there are a few issues that drag it down One of them was that I don t feel like it was written with transgender people in mind as a part of the key audience unless they re teenagers still trying to figure out even the most basic things But at the same time it s a bit of a narrow representation of transgender people The full review is at my blog and contains spoilers It s been a while since I read this but I feel there s two things I should point out that really bothered me about the book 1 Leo is a transuy but him being trans is treated as a plot twist and is found out when a When I Grow Up, Im Going to Play for the Texas Am Aggies girl he likes sees hisenitalia Not a fan of that 2 Kate called by her birth name for most of the book is referred to by hehim pronouns by Leo in his internal monologue after he finds out she s a trans irl but only refers to her as she when she s wearing feminine clothing That s something that really irked meUpdate Since reading this I ve become a lot educated on transphobic tropes The above are all very transphobic tropes When Leo found out Kate was trans he should ve only used sheher pronouns and when he found out she wants to be called Kate he should ve switched to Kate not only when she worse a dress It s clearly a book by a cis person who did minimal research This book is just a transphobic mess CONTENT WARNING TRANSPHOBIA I m not transgender but even I can see how terrible the author dealt with the characters transness The story is about the transgender irl Kate who is closeted and The Darkness Before Tomorrow / The Ladder in the Sky (Ace Double F-141) goes by David for most of the book and the transgender boy Leo who is not out at his new school The two of them form an unlikely friendship and that s basically what the story is about I thought the story itself was except for some problematic things I ll remark on later on really fun and just nice to read I love reading about ueer kids and friendships This book hits a lot of basic trans tropes that are problematic and could have been handled so much better I honestly wonder if the author who isn t trans herself as far as I know has even asked a single trans person for feedback because I can t believe that nobody realized how this book was basically a cis person wanting to prove howood of an ally they are by writing a book about trans issues without knowing anything about trans issues Guess what She s a terrible ally If you can even call her an ally at allThe book has a whole lot of misgendering deadnaming and usage of the wrong pronouns and on top of that there s bullying transphobia and name calling and if that s not bad enough here s some From here on there will be some spoilers but honestly you probably don t want to Read This Book After You this book after you read my review so does it really matter You decide I honestly thought I had somehow misremembered Leo being trans until GUESS WHAT the author uses it as a huge plot twist and a bad one with that He s basically forced to reveil his transness to someone he cares about after which that person completely drops him Which is very shittyWhen Leo voluntarily comes out to Kate he does this by partly undressing and showing her his binder As if there is no other way you can let another person know you are trans except for showing your body I cannot believe for a second a trans person would rather show fairly intimate parts of their body than just saying hey I m also transBoth Leo and Kate are outed without their permission whatsoever and even though Kate being outed was done with Replicant Night (Blade Runner, good intentions Iuess it is still a terrible thing to do Near the end of the book Kate s friends out her to almost the entire school without asking her anything and instead host her a suprise party dress her up and not tell her anything until it s too late to do anything about it This is the end of the spoiler section What comes next are very minor spoilers that have nothing to do with the plot I wanted to Mano vardas - Marytė go a little in depth on the use of pronouns and names in this book Though Kate is a transirl A GIRL for most of the book she still Wein Statt Wasser goes by her birth name and hehim pronouns Both in narration and dialogue David and hehim are used which I didn t have much of a problem with until she was out Even after Kate is out to Leo he still continues to call her David and uses hehim pronouns You d think a trans person would understand the importance of names and pronouns HE KNOWS how much it hurts to be called by his birth name and yet he stilloes out and calls Kate by hers That s just plain bad and if the author did any research on this she d knowAt the point they do start using sheher and Kate it s treated as something the character needs to be congratulated on instead of you know it being a fcking decent thing to not misgender peopleThe thing about this and of the often badly phrased laguage of the author is that the author makes it seem as if Kate is not a Bunny in the Middle girl but instead is a boy wanting to be airl In the narration there are several mentions or sentences that not just imply this but even state this literally Just a paraphrased example Kate says near the end about her parents how freaky it "MUST BE TO SEE THEIR SON "be to see their son dressed up as a The Missions Addiction girl If I know anything aboutender identity and the same Cursed Victory goes for sexualromantic orientation I know that it s not a choice You don t pick and choose to whatenders you re attracted if you re even attracted to any Baking For Keeps (Men Worth Melting For Book 1) gender at all and you also don t choose being trans A transirl is a Do Not Say We Have Nothing girl and a trans boy is a boy and using language like wanting to be a certainender is very problematic and promotes the idea that transness is a choice which it isn tAs I said before I m not trans and though I try my best to educate myself on trans issues but if you found anything I said in this review to be wrong or problematic or anything please tell me and I ll try to do even better in the futureHere are some ownvoices reviews written by trans people by Neo on GR and by James on Tumblr On a side note PLEASE for the sake of my sanity like some ownvoices reviews andor reviews about how problematic it is on oodreads and make them the top reviews so people see what a shitstorm of a book this is I can t stand the fact that it has over 4 stars and everyone praises how amazing it is You must have heard about The Art of Being Normal by now and if not I m not sure how you have managed to miss it Published on 1st January it s one of the most talked about UKYA novels published this year so far and has certainly set. Ser una chica El primer día en su nueva escuela Leo Denton sólo tiene un objetivo pasar desapercibido Pero en cuanto llega llama la atención de la chica más bonita de la clase.
Lisa Williamson µ 0 read & downloadNormal kids don t see therapists Normal kids don t have mothers like mine who tell you life isn t fair with messed up lee like the unfairness of life is pretty much the only thing they know for sure I ve spent my whole life being told I m the complete opposite of normal I m sorry but I loved this I don t know why I m apologizing since I m on this website to either hate or love a book no matter what others thought about it but I feel like this is another one of those books that are underrated and many people don t know about It s another underrated book like We Are the Ants that I wish had a little hype to it where people knew about it This wasn t heartbreaking but it was another one of those books that make you realize how hard it is for different people to live their life because they feel like they won t be accepted The Art of Being Normal follows David Piper who knows he isn t who he wants to be When his teacher once asked the whole class what they want to be when they Thunder In the East (Wingman, grow up everyone wrote normal things like wanting to be a doctor or a famous soccer player or a computerenius but David wrote that he wants to be a irl He was 8 when he wrote this and now that he s 15 there s nothing that has changed It s been hard for him because no one knows about this not even his parents which he is afraid to tell and he doesn t want anyone at school to know because he s afraid of what they will think Although David isn t known for who he wants to be he is known for the different person that he is at school so he ets teased and bullied a lot that he ends up being called freak show and weirdo especially by Harry a popular boy at his school that makes other students lives miserable and tortures them because he can and wants to When Harry makes fun of David and finds his scrapbook filled with pictures that make David happy and his inspections including height size hip size foot size and even penis size he starts making fun of David which makes David elbow Harry for doing so When Harry tries to The Accidental Boyfriend (Chance Romance get back at him Leo Leo Denton a new student that was expelled from his previous school stands up for David and punches him Because of this save Leo and David end up in detention and begin forming a small friendship that ends up in a trustworthy status where both end up telling the other something they ve never told anyone else It s either for the best or for the worst but both don t expect what they find outI don t know man but I ended up loving this I thought I wasonna cry because I felt bad for both characters but I didn t shed a tear I wouldn t say this has a plot twist because in reality one can see it coming but I really didn t expect anything from this I expected Leo and David to fall in love with each other and form a friendship since that s what the synopsis of this book kind of hints but it really wasn t this This was about acceptance coming out confidence and friendship If it wasn t for my friend I wouldn t have known about this book She s the one who ot me into reading LGBT books and I couldn t be happier I m not part of the community but I m a supporter and reading these books make me realize how important it is to realize how difficult it is for these different people around us to live their life because they re afraid They make me realize how important it is to accept these people because they re different David Piper was different so was Leo Denton and I loved them both for thatI m pretty sure the message this book was supposed to deliver was about acceptance and confidence David was struggling to accept who he wanted to be and he was afraid to show it to the world even to his best friends and parents because he was afraid of what they would think I loved how supportive they both were how his parents were happy for him and wanted the best for him and how his friends would tease him for it and don t really care because they were happy being with him as well They wouldn t tease him in the you re disgusting because you re different way but instead in the he s in love with him and re different way but instead in the he s in love with him and s cute way I loved how David rew out of his stranger zone and came out not caring what others thought He and Leo would make memories together and be who they really were inside not outside I m not sure if the author herself is in the community but she really managed to pull off this one being her first novel especially with 2 characters that are transgender I actually thought about marking this as another DNF but I really didn t want to so I kept reading and boy am I Return of the Temujai (Brotherband Chronicles) glad The reason for that was because the writing was dull and not thatood I m not saying I m better than her in any way but it was lacking in many ways and the story itself was pretty boring but when Leo punched Harry I was completely interested in finding out what would happen next and how exactly Leo and David were onna start their friendship This wasn t my first LGBT book but it was the first book I ve ever read that deals a trans character There are important issues in this book that are dealt with in real and that we see in society that many people don t stand up for including bullying abandonment poverty and family issues and Lisa Williamson managed to handle them well enough in this The book isn t about being transgender or being normal after all but it s about David learning to find his normality It s a respectful story that can capture a readers attention from the very beginning because you can et so intrigued by David s journey and just want to follow him as he A Guide to Irish Roots goes Both characters deal with family and school issues but especially Leo You just feel bad for him when it comes to his chapters He has a mother that just doesn t love him because she s so addicted to alcohol that she comes home late at night and stumbles and falls on theround because she can t control herself she calls her son miserable and tells him to Lost Tribe go away because she can t stand the sight of him her teeth are so yellow because of how many cigarettes she has smoked and doesn t pay attention to the fact that she s very dirty and doesn t clean up after herself she acts like a littleirl with her new boyfriend Spike because she s so drunk or is just acting stupid and like a fool she isn t the mother her son and small daughter Tia Leo s small 7 year old sister should have and doesn t care she doesn t try at all to make their children s lives a better one and doesn t bother paying attention to it Leo doesn t even have a dad and when he meets his dad he doesn t even believe him It was just really
seeing Leo to deal with this abandonment and not having a mother that loves him properly because his dad left her when he was a babyDavid on the other hand had a supportive and wealthier family I loved how his parents accepted who he was and just wanted him to take as much time as he needed His mom even applied makeup for him and that just made me a little too happy I loved how they understood where he was coming from and even decided to play along saying it was Nightingales great to not be normal and how it s better to be different because you re just different I did hate David s sister Liv and found her to be a little bitch Iuess it s because she didn t know about it until after but she was also like the bullies David had at school which made it worse because it was at his house and from his little sister She d call him weird and would say he looked like shit when he didn t sleep well and I don t know but she just Terjebak di Perut Bumi got on my nerves a lot Overall The Art of Being Normal talks about issuesoing around nowadays especially right now that are solved bit by bit and I loved how Lisa wrote this I did say the writing was a bit lacking in the beginning but the story made progress as David and Leo follow each other s journey together and manage to Poetic Origins and the Ballad get through it all It sot an emotional ride to it depending on the reader and. David Piper ha sido siempre un rarito Sus padres piensan ue es Kain, Kumain, Kinain gay y el matón de la escuela lo considera un friki Únicamente sus dos amigos saben realmente la verdad David uiere.sad seeing leo