Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Today for #LGBTQMonth we have two exciting extracts from Lisa Williamson’s debut novel The Art of Being Normal. It is an incredible piece of fiction that follows the story of David as he realises he is trans, and when he meets Leo and strikes up an unexpected friendship, some big secrets start to reveal themselves. I really enjoyed it and considering we have an interview with the fabulous author herself coming up, I decided to choose two extracts from the book to urge you all to pick it up and read it!
One afternoon, when I was eight years old, my class was told to write about what we wanted to be when we grew up. Miss Box went round the class, asking each one of us to stand up and share what we had written. Zachary Olsen wanted to play in the Premier League. Lexi Taylor wanted to be an actress. Harry Beaumont planned on being Prime Minister. Simon Allen wanted to be Harry Potter, so badly that the previous term he had scratched a lightning bolt on to his forehead with a pair of craft scissors.
But I didn’t want to be any of these things.
This is what I wrote:
I want to be a girl.
(from chapter one)
I can’t help but get a shock every time I look at him. Not that he looks bad, because he doesn’t, but it’s hard to get my head round him being here, dressed like, well, like that. But the weirdest thing is that it’s not actually that weird, because the clothes he’s wearing suit him, way better than anything else I’ve seen him wear. He seems less awkward in them, less self-conscious about what his body is doing. I even start to feel a bit guilty about continuing to think of him as a ‘he’ at all.
(from chapter thirty-six)
Thanks for reading and join us tonight at 8PM on Twitter for our first #LGBTQChat!!
A sixteen-year-old book-lover from Ireland. Reviews will come as often as I finish a book, which is quite quickly, to be fair!