19 March 2016

The Art of Being Normal; Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being NormalThe Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the better written books about trans teens, with just the right mix of acceptance and problems (books that focus on one or the other bother me, because life isn't like that!). Some things seemed a little too perfectly placed, but then, this is fiction and authors can make those choices. Example? Alicia's last remarks to Leo. And at times I wasn't sure who the audience was, trans teens themselves or non-trans (but perhaps not totally cis) who are wondering about the issue. If it's the former, I think it may do a disservice but if the latter it may help them read a relatively non-sensational book. My biggest problem was with the addition of Leo's father, because weren't there enough issues/questions/drama without this? Maybe the author needed a device to give David a chance to be herself?

ARC provided by publisher.

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