The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

David has always wanted to be a girl. His two best friends know but otherwise it’s a lonely and difficult secret to have, especially when the school bully keeps calling him a freak.


Leo Denton joins David’s school and is determined to be invisible and to avoid the problems he experienced in his old school. Except that he falls for the beautiful girl in his class and he comes to David’s defence when he sees him being bullied. After that everyone knows who Leo is and everyone wants to know more about him. Although David is two years older than Leo they form a tentative friendship and through this they each help the other to deal with the heavy secrets they hold.

The reader cannot help but like Leo and feel for him knowing that something from his past is weighing heavily on him. This is a lovely story about being a teenager and struggling with sexual identity – it is honest, poignant and funny.

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