Publication tentatively scheduled for March 2020 with Allen and Unwin!!!
“As soon as I read Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal I simply had to sign Anna up. She has written exactly the kind of compulsive and complex story that teens are crying out for. I am so in love with this story and all it stands for, and very honoured to be a small part of Anna’s publishing journey.” Danielle Binks
“Peta Lyre is a wonderful character with a terrific voice that carries much of the appeal of the book. I was thoroughly immersed in the reading experience and found it very rewarding.” Jodie Webster
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.
For all the jokes about Frankenstein’s bride in movies, I never thought how lonely he must’ve been to ask for just one more creature to be made.
He just wants someone like him.
Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal addresses the realities of life after diagnosis and successful social training. Being normal comes at a cost.
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.