Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Review: This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Title: This is How it Always is
Author: Laurie Frankel
Year Published: 2017


Genre: Adult fiction (LGBTQ)
Pages: 323
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (WI, WA)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): This is Claude. He's five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes.

Review: This book has been on my radar since it first came out last year and I read reviews of it on a number of blogs that I follow so I am glad I finally got around to reading it because it is so good.

This book is beautifully written. I liked the language, the cadence, the words, and the feelings they evoked. I felt like I was reading about a family that loved it's members all the time, that appreciated life even when it was difficult, that was creative, accepting, and good.

Yes, this is a story about a family who has a son that is transitioning to be a girl, but it is so much more that that. It's about being who you feel you are, accepting yourself (and others) for who they are, the impact of hatred, and how we can support those we love. It's also about all the family members, not just Claude, and how this experience impacts them physically and emotionally. 

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