The Art of Being Normal: A Novel
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 his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands u
However, once I started reading I was honestly very disappointed.
I know that trans people have different experiences and points of view on their gender, 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 girl."
Being trans isn't about wanting to be ...more
El arte de ser normal es una novela juvenil que trata el tema de la transexualidad y que cuenta con una historia con giros muy buenos. Es una novela muy bien escrita, con una prosa bonita y unos personajes muy bien cosntruidos. Si bien ya la portada da a entender de qué trata la novela, no solo se centra en el tema de la transexualidad sino que toca otros como la violencia de género, el alcoholis ...more
"Normal" kids don't see therapists. "Normal" kids don't have mothers like mine, who tell you life isn't fair with messed-up glee, 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 ...more
The Art of Being Normal was not what I had expected. I would say that this is a good introduction for someone who wants to know more about life as a transgender kid and adolescent. It is a heartfelt novel, for sure, but not a perfect one.
I 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 seem ...more
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 transitioning.
I 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 l ...more
Fourteen-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 girl ever since he was a small child. David has written a letter to his p ...more
This somehow both broke my heart and filled it with joy at the same time. Some of the issues dealt with and scenarios present in the plot crumbled my faith in humanity. It hurts to think about what some people have to go through when simply wanting to be themselves. It was difficult to read but I think ...more
Loved 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 go to Eden Park School: David Piper, a biological male who has always wanted to be a girl, and Leo Denten, an outsider with dark secrets of his own. Though the two seem quite different - David, more reserved and wistful, Leo, more moody and confrontational - a twist of fate brings them together in ways neither of them expect.
I app ...more
Eu nunca tinha lido nenhum livro pela ponto de vista de uma pessoa trans. Acho que nunca li nenhum livro que sequer tivesse um personagem trans. E lendo "A arte de ser normal" eu aprendi tanta coisa. O livro trata da questão de gênero de uma forma bem direta e didática. Fala sobre os medos diários de uma pessoa que nasceu no corpo errado, e como esses medos podem ser ainda ...more
However, I also have to be open and honest to the slightly problematic aspects of the book too. Do I think this represent ...more
I'm not transgender, but even I can see how terrible the author dealt with the characters transness. The story is about the transgender girl Kate who is closeted (and 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 ...more
David has a secret. He hasn’t told his family. He hasn’t come out to the world with it. Only his best friends, and his trusty journal know the truth. If he could be anything in the world ...more
Creo que este es una buena novela que te hace reflexionar sobre muchas cosas y que te ayuda a entender un poco más sobre el tema, una trama entretenida y un libro fácil de seguir, con unos personajes bien construidos que hacen más ágil la lectura y con unos giros en la trama bastantes inesperados, en pocas palabras es un libro muy bien escrito y que debería leer todo el mundo para entender más sobre cosas que son "normales" y no deberían ser un tema que importe, simplemente dejar ser cómo alg ...more
My main issue with THE ART OF BEING NORMAL is that it's a tale of transgender teens told by a cisgender author. Now admittedly, I knew that from the beginning but I was optimistic that it may have worked out. I believe in giving authors the benefit of the doubt until I've seen the proof in their ...more
I flew through this book. Whether it's the content, the plot, the story line or the writing - I don't care. I absolutely flew through it and loved every second of doing so. The Art of Being Normal spoke to me in a way I didn't expect. I ...more
A sweet YA-story with a couple of amazing diverse characters, although the story itself could have been better.
The strength of this YA-novel is the budding friendship between David and Leo. At first sight the boys are each others opposite - Leo is reserved and moody and David open and kind – but when David is able to break down some of Leo’s walls, they realize how alike ...more
'The Art Of Being Normal' follows David, who stumbles through the minefield of high school and puberty knowing in his heart that everything is wrong... because he wants to be a girl, knows he is supposed to be girl. Navigating bullies gets a little easier for him though with a well aimed punch from Leo Denton, who struggles alongside David wit ...more
David is fourteen years old and has known since he was a child that he is really a female stuck inside a male body. His two best friends are the only ones to know and he is struggling to find the right way to tel ...more
This book is really important. There are so many people out there today struggling with gender identity and the desperate need to be looked at as "normal" because they do not fit into the specific and constricting constructs of society and it is just heartbreaking. Before this book, i did not have that much of an insight into transgender struggles. Even if this book is purely fiction, it still did open my eyes to some of the struggles in an honest simple prose imbued with complex depths. I real ...more
Hay muchas cosas que me han gustado. Me ha gustado el protagonista; David, y su forma de afrontar su situación: en realidad él no tiene ningún problema con ser como es, el problema lo tienen los demás con respecto a él. Me ha gustado que no se recree en el tema del bullying; lo hay, por supuesto ...more
David Piper has really never fit in. Apart from his two best friends, most of his fellow high school students ridicule him for being different. One of the school bullies has called him "Freak Show" since they were younger, but David is willing to wait him out until high school ends. His parents think he is gay, and are waiting for him to tel ...more
Just like in Simon, in this book it is about a diversity character, in this case a trans, but without the book being written in a learny way. You get to know David and you learn what it's like to be trapped in the wrong body because he is.
And I also like Leo a lot! And I like how, at least in the Dutch version, the different point of views are indicated with different fonts. I really like ...more
Williamson has created a novel I wish had been written years ago. It’s incredibly brave – I don’t think there’s anything too similar to it published at the moment – and it stands out because of its themes and content. However, I’m sad because I wish there were more books just like The Art of Being Normal. I’m ...more
It's not the perfect book, but it's heartbreakingly beautiful, and emotional, and heartfelt. It's outstanding.
Please, everyone. Read it.
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