Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal

“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?

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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.

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“Highly compelling, intensely moving and ultimately hopeful, this book heralds the arrival of a talented new young adult author.” Books and Publishing

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Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal addresses the realities of life after diagnosis and successful social training. Being normal comes at a cost.

  • See reviews of Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal and interviews with Anna Whateley HERE