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  • Read this book.

    By dml266
    This story was marvelously written. The problem is I want to know more about this family!
  • Awful

    By rainbowcat5
    Drones on and on; not well written. Disrespectful to trans community.
  • Beautiful

    By MorganElyseJobe
    I laughed, cried, felt my heart break and almost burst with joy all within the pages of this book. A beautifully written story that challenges any parent to look at life through a different lens. Absolutely perfect little story.
  • Best book I’ve read in 5 years

    By Jane055
    Don’t hesitate, a wonderful story of family and how to parent your kids to become who they are
  • Interesting story badly told

    By Virg VW
    My book club chose this so I had to finish it. This could have been an engaging story in the hands of a more careful writer. Virg VW
  • This is how it always is

    By KJH423
    I read a lot and have never written a review. This book knocked me off my feet. It taught me so much, it offered me a fresh perspective, it was enlightening and totally relatable all at the same time. I loved the characters and I couldn’t put it down but I’m so very sorry it had to end. Could not recommend any more!
  • Accepting differences sentence by sentence.

    By kathlyn.anderson
    This Is How It Always Is, is a book about accepting differences, parents striving to protect their children, and a deep desire to find a place where different is okay. I devoured this book in a little over two days, as I just wanted to find out how Claude/Poppy's story wrapped up. However, one of the most intriguing and clever things about this novel, is that just as Grumwalds/Princess Stephanie's story: “[. . .] has an ending, not the end, a stopping point, no more than a pause really”, so does the Walsh-Adams family story. I didn’t discover the end of Poppy’s story and therefore it has the ability to live in my thoughts perpetually. This ambiguous ending also provides readers the chance to look around themselves, their lives and identify the “neither-nor” and the “both-ands”. These concepts become ones the readers can choose to embrace in their own lives, not just in Poppy’s, Penn, Rosie, and all those touched by Poppy. An overarching theme for this novel is one we all live in our daily lives: uncertainty. This book felt very authentic to me. I even remember asking myself at the midway point if Laurie Frankel should be sharing Poppy’s story, only because it felt so real; like Poppy should be the one telling her own story. Penn and Rosie were inspiring. As parents, their priority was making their children happy. This is obviously a concept most parents understand and try to live by, but the way Frankel penned this concept for Penn and Rosie was uplifting: “Our first concern is happiness, of course. But not just today.’ Because it wasn't that simple, was it? Raising children was the longest of long games. [. . .] ‘We want him to be happy next week, next year, all the years to come too. It’s hard to make out this path, but it’s even harder to see where it leads.” Rosie and Penn strike a perfect balance for me, of letting their children learn on their own and wanting to protect their children from hurt. This becomes especially apparent when Dr. Tongo points out that maybe they have parented too well. As parents struggle daily, so do Rosie and Penn- what is good parenting, and how do we do it? Frankel shows us the ups and downs of parenting through a unique situation, is often just like parenting in general: we all want we think is best for our children. I would urge the reader not to skip the Author’s Note at the end of the novel. It helped me understand Laurie Frankel’s experience writing the novel, but also a little about raising a transgender child. I love that she acknowledged that “It’s true that my child used to be a little boy and is now a little girl. But this isnt her story. I cant tell her story; I can only tell my own story and those of the people I make up” My previous concern, because the book felt so authentic is that Frankel didn’t have the right to share Poppy’s story. Here, in her authors note, she acknowledges, no, she doesn’t have the right to tell her own daughters story, but she can tell the story of the characters she makes up. I also appreciated some of the other points she addresses in these last two pages. The most powerful quote closes her time with the reader: “I know this book will be controversial, but honestly? I keep forgetting why.”
  • Inspiringly awesome 💜

    By Hardcore Book Lover
    This book is a must read. A young child who knows what they want and an incredible family that stands by her side. Such an heartwarming novel of the struggles one faces being transgender and so young, and within a society that’s still not fully accepting nor understanding. Absolutely loved the book!
  • So Moving!

    By k_lipka
    Few books move me so much as to have physical reactions—laughing out loud, weeping, or goose-bumping from head to toe—but this is one of those books!
  • This is How It always Is

    By CMRosebaom
    This is not how it ha always been. There has been only one other time that I didn’t finish reading a book which I started to read. I’ m not saying that it isn’t a good book, but that at this time I’m not in the mood to read a book on such a serious matter. I just want to be entertained. It started out about a boy wanting to dress like a girl before being gay to transsexual was ok and the boy’ family. That’s not a subject that lends itself to entertainment.

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