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Poignant page-turner about true friendship, surviving secrets, and new beginnings
Voiced by three unforgettable characters – Frankie, Jojo, and Ram, Frankie’s ex boyfriend - whose lives are inextricably bound by unexpected, life-changing circumstances, this impactful novel sparkles with heart, hope and a riveting storyline.
Jojo and Frankie have been best friends since forever. Both promising actresses, their lives are on the brink of new horizons, so when Jojo doesn’t turn up to collect her GCSE results, Frankie is frantic with worry. Then, when she eventually hears from Jojo, and also hears a baby crying in the background, Frankie puts two and two together to get six. Could Jojo be responsible for the stolen baby that’s being reported on the local news? Fearing the worst, Frankie does what she must for her dear friend. She tracks her down and discovers an unimaginable truth that truly tests their relationship.
Radiant with uplifting portrayals of friendship, and demonstrating that it’s possible to find a way through even the most seemingly impossible situations, this poignant page-turner packs a whole lot of punch in the author’s inimitably empathetic style. Of particular note is the way the novel shows that adults don’t always have the right answer, that life can be confusing no matter what your age, which demonstrates Williamson’s singular respect for her YA readers - she never talks down, and always writes in a spirit of openness.
Lisa Williamson on the inspiration behind First Day of My Life: ‘It was a chat with a friend that sparked the idea for First Day of My Life. I can’t remember exactly what was said, only that it raised a question I realised I desperately wanted to answer: what might possess someone to steal a baby? Months later, when I finally sat down to find out, I discovered the question that had been gnawing at me was just the touchpaper for the book I would ultimately write – a love letter to best-friendship in all its messy, intense, heartbreaking glory.’
There are three sides to every story...
It's GCSE results day. Frankie's best friend, Jojo, is missing. A baby has been stolen. And more than one person has been lying. Frankie's determined to find out the truth and her ex-boyfriend Ram is the only person who can help her. But they're both in for a shock... EVERYTHING is about to change.
A love letter to best-friendship, first loves and unexpected surprises. A powerful reminder that every day has the potential to be the first day of the rest of your life.
'Spot on about friendship and beautifully uplifting' Patrice Lawrence
‘Lisa’s writing is as warm as it is wonderful. Her characters are SO real, and she’s able to examine the nuances and complexities of human behaviour with a stunning mixture of honesty and kindness.’ Holly Bourne
Praise for The Art of Being Normal;
'A sensational, heart-warming and life-affirming debut. Lisa Williamson writes witty, charming characters you can't help but root for' - James Dawson
'The Art of Being Normal is the best YA novel I've read this year. David and Leo are unforgettable characters whose story will break your heart - and then mend it again. A truly remarkable debut; I can't recommend it highly enough. Everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - should read this incredible book' - Cat Clarke
This book is anything but normal - it is extraordinary. My book of 2015. - Non Pratt
|Publication date:||7th January 2021|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books|
|Suitable for:||YA readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic , Romance / Relationship Stories|
Lisa Williamson was born and grew up in Nottingham. Following a degree in drama, she worked as an actor for over a decade before writing her debut novel: The Art of Being Normal, which went on to win the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2016. Lisa is also the author of All About Mia and Paper Avalanche and was one of seven contributors to collaborative novel, Floored. When she's not writing, Lisa loves long walks, long talks, dessert, good books and bad TV. She lives in London. Author photo © Anna HullMore About Lisa Williamson
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