The Young Adult genre is simply bursting with brilliant novels; taking important issues and mixing them with raw, uncensored emotion. YA is doing a fantastic job of exploring sensitive subjects with great empathy, so much so, I think adults need to be reading it too. The Art of Being Normal is a fine example; it is also Lisa Williamson’s debut novel.
This is the story of two boys, each with a secret making them far from normal. But what does make them normal is the idea that keeping it bottled up and not reaching out for help or support is the best way to deal with it! We’re all guilty of that. David Piper is the designated school freak and Leo Denton is the new boy. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms.
This is a book about identities. What is normal? How do I be normal? Actually, why would you want to be normal? It’s more important to be yourself than be someone else’s definition of normal. It’s also about friendship, sharing the good, the bad and the ugly. True friends are there for you no matter what. It’s up there with Perks of Being a Wallflower. I simply adored this books, it was everything I hoped it would be. Williamson bravely tackles the themes with warmth and passion. I applaud this book!