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Literature / The Art of Being Normal

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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson is a 2015 novel about a closeted 14-year old trans girl who befriends the new boy at her school.

Kate Piper is seen as an outcast by most around her. She's known as "David" to everyone but knows she's a transgender girl. Kate would like to be open about her gender but is too scared, One day, Kate's journal ends up in the hands of bullies. The new kid, Leo Denton, helps her but the two end up in detention together. This is how Kate and Leo became friends.


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  • Height Angst: Kate is 168 centimeters (5'6) and doesn't want to get any taller. She's only fourteen, so it's still possible that she'll grow more (especially if she doesn't go on hormone blockers soon).
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The story begins with the protagonist telling of a class project that happened when she was eight. The kids wrote about what they wanted to be when they grow up. Kate wrote that she wanted to be a girl.
  • Secret Diary: Kate's diary gets into the hands of bullies. This leads her to meeting Leo.
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  • Transgender:
    • Kate is a trans girl who wants to be out but is too scared to come out of the closet.
    • Advertisement:
    • Leo is a trans boy.

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