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a review written by Molly Looby
“Two Outsiders. Two Secrets.
David longs to be a girl.
Leo wants to be invisible.
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…”
The Art of Being Normal has been on my to-read list for a while. Everyone I know who’s read it has loved it. Once it was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, I knew I had to pick it up soon.
Anyone looking to read this book should be pre-warned. It is impossible to put down. The chapters are short, meaning it’s easy to read a whole load at once. By the second chapter, I knew I was in love. I knew it was too late for me. There was no way I was going to stop reading.
What makes a book for me are the characters, and I adored David and Leo. They made so much sense, and I wanted to read every thought and feeling they had. The causal way it’s narrated was just right, and at times it made me laugh. In fact, it was so good, I got super involved in everything that was going on. I felt the emotions so strongly that when terrible things were happening, I felt the exact anxiety and fear that David and Leo did. I wanted to climb into the book and do something, but unfortunately I don’t live in a book, so I couldn’t.
I also think one of the reasons I felt so at home reading this book was because it’s about teenagers in Britain. I loved all the British brand names and sayings throughout. I’ve got to say, I miss hearing things I recognise. I hadn’t noticed how often I read books set in the U.S. This was such a great example of what it’s like to be a teenager in Britain.
The Art of Being Normal is one of those books that makes you feel so happy to be alive and human. I loved every page. I even read over 200 in one day.
There is nothing left to say because, for me, this book was perfect.
5 out of 5