A review by gillyreads
Peta Lyre's Rating Normal by Anna Whateley


I really enjoyed this book. While I don't think likability is necessarily an important factor for characters in a book, I really liked Peta - to the point where that was the resonant thought in my head after finishing the book, I just really liked her.

I think my favourite part was Peta and Jeb's friendship, but the whole story was excellent with fab characters and a cute romance. Through a well constructed narrative that incorporated internalised elements of her therapists rules and traumatic flashbacks to her childhood, the author was very effective in communicating the experiences of neurodivergent children and the invisible difficulties society imposes on them I also liked the inclusions of Peta's ratings of how 'normal' she had been through the day, it was an interesting way to give extra insight into her thoughts and feelings.

This book was just so obviously written by someone who knew what they were talking about that I think it's a very good example of why own voices stories are important.