I’m always looking for representation of transgender characters in young adult literature, which is how The Art of Being Normal wound up on my TBR. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would when I started.
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Synopsis from the inside flap
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 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 grade 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…
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#bookaday The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. In the beginning, I was hung up on language - "want to be" rather than "is." But as I thought about it, I realized that it's a reflection of where Kate is in her process. It took me about half the novel before I connected with the characters. The discussion of class and crossing barriers (Kate's friend Leo is from a working-class background and now attends a prestigious school) added a dimension I wasn't expecting. Also, there's no nice neat ending to the story. Just like life, it's not tied up at the end of an hour. #bookstagram #stickynotereviews #lgbtq #transgender #yalit #snrtbs
What books that you’ve read have a sensitive and true-to-life portrayal of transgender characters? If you haven’t read any, what are your thoughts about what portrayals of transgender characters in young adult literature should be?