Monday, 2 February 2015


TITLE:  The Art of Being Normal
AUTHOR:  Lisa Williamson 
PUBLISHER:   David Fickling Books
RATING:  5/5


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...

Hearing and seeing all of the buzz about, "The Art of Being Normal," I decided to give it a go. I was completely amazed at how quickly I was sucked into the plot: the novel switches between two perspectives-of two teenage boys. David has always wanted to be a girl, but only his two close friends, Essie and Felix know about his wish. Everyone thinks he is a outsider, and a freak- but little do they know who he really is...

Leo Denton has a deep dark secret- that got him expelled from his last school- so he makes a fresh start at Eden Park. Who will hassle him, who will find out about his secret, that he is desperately clutching onto? Leo and David end up being pushed together, and a unlikely, remarkable friendship forms. But- what will they both discover? Will secrets become uncovered?

"The Art of Being Normal," had me hooked from the start to the end- gasping at the shock plot twists that sneak up on you. This book is one to treasure on your bookshelf, next to your most favourite books; as I can guarantee that once reading this book; it will leave an everlasting impression on you.

It was very interesting to see underlying issues tackled- as it makes you think about everybody's back stories, sometimes, what you see isn't what you get. Lisa Williamson has a beautiful talent with words; and has managed to weave a brilliant plot, and create fabulous characters. She is definitely an author that will be on my radar from now on! Overall, I rate this novel 5/5 hoots, two words to sum it up would be witty and phenomenal.


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