Book Review: This is how it always is

No spoilers, no synopsis. Just the facts so you can discover the book and it’s surprises as the author intended. If you need more insight as to what the book is about, see the end of the post for what is on the back of the book.

What I love most about reading is it allows me to see the world from another’s viewpoint. The great work are studied in Humanities courses for this exact reason. Understanding another person’s situation and struggles results in understanding and empathy. Two things the world needs more of at this time.

I was hooked from the first paragraph. The characters and the sub story drew me in and kept me. I wanted to know this family. I wanted to hang with them at the annual cookout.

There were a couple of things I can nick pick about, but overall this is an enjoyable book worthy of your reading time.

Read the author’s note at the end. It ties everything together.

Synopsis on the back cover:

“This is Claude. He is five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whatever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.”

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