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“I cried happy tears when I finished reading – it was so good and so validating to feel SEEN; to see someone like me written BY someone like me.” Goodreads Review
Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal is a contemporary YA novel set in suburban Brisbane bayside, and follows sixteen-year-old Peta through a difficult year of change, and questions of self, gender, sexuality, and friendship. Peta has ADHD and is autistic. With sensory issues and a gift for words and puzzles her mind is a busy place.
Following her therapist’s rules for ‘normal’ behaviour, Peta lives in a state of dissonance. Can she decide which rules to follow, and which to break? Can she survive falling in love, and still keep rating normal?
Facing the window, the heat of the fire on my left, Sam on my right, hands around a warm mug, I can’t think of a better place to be.
“I’m so happy right now. With you.” I say, and put my drink down to find my tablets. When words come out unfiltered you might need to check your watch. I scald my tongue drinking them down.
“Highly compelling, intensely moving and ultimately hopeful, this book heralds the arrival of a talented new young adult author.” Books and Publishing
Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal addresses the realities of life after diagnosis and successful social training. Being normal comes at a cost.
I really would have loved to have had a book like this during my teen years – I would have had the language and the understanding of why I felt so angry and exhausted all the time and why I felt like I was a liar and a fake and a nothing person underneath that facade. And I would have felt less alone, and understood that I didn’t HAVE to playact neurotypical. Goodreads
Peta is someone who I’m sure will sit with readers for some time after finishing the novel. She bursts on the page in technicolour, with raw honesty which makes me ache to know her.
…beautifully, sensitively and intelligently written. It has a real philosophical approach and it dispels a number of misunderstandings around neurodiversity.
Importantly, the character of diversity tells the story from her perspective.
“Anna Whateley writes proudly in her neurodivergent #ownvoice.”