The Art of Being Normal | Sticky Note Review

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.

Music: Porch Swing Days – slower Kevin MacLeod (
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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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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? 

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