This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Audio Book Narrated by Gabra Zackman

Accepting differences     

My rating:  5 out of 5     


Rosie and Penn have 5 sons.  When their youngest, Claude, is very young he decides he This Is How It Always Iswould be happier being a girl rather than a boy.  His parents and brothers are accepting of his choice, but advise (because of his young age) that some things are best kept secret.  How long can a secret stay a secret?  And what about when Claude reaches adolescence?

A wonderful story about a family supporting each other, coping with changes and making mistakes along the way.  At times I wondered if such a wonderful family could really exist, but it was part of the enjoyment of the book that downtimes were acknowledged but the positive, and gentle, theme of the book was at all times maintained. 

The narrator was great; she read the different voices well and was very clear.

5*s from me for a number of reasons.   The main theme of how to support a child in Claude’s position was very thought provoking, and the main characters really came alive as the story progressed.  As an audio book it was easy to put down and pick up, without losing the thread.   I’ve been talking about this uplifting book with so many people, which for me is a sign of a really good book!

Suitable for all ages. 

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