It was the first book I read about a transgender character, and I really, really, really loved David/Kate. (S)he is such a warm character, and to see him/her struggling so much just made me want to pluck him/her off the pages into a hug.
I was also very intrigued by Leo. I had a feeling Leo's case might be similar (although the opposite gender) when he started dating and also started pulling back from more intimate actions.
The friendship between David (Kate) and Leo was unlikely at the start, but I loved how they ended up supporting each other, and opening up.
All in all, The Art of Being Normal might just be my favourite contemporary to date and I highly recommend reading it.
The Art Of Being Normal
Two boys. Two secrets.
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 real 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 year eleven 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…