#BookReview: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is

by Laurie Frankel

Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Macmillan
Book Release Date: January 24, 2017
My Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I cannot believe how much I enjoyed this book. It was beautiful and eye-opening and heartbreaking. A big, heartwarming dose of reality. How do you explain gender roles to your obviously transgender 5-year-old son when you don’t really adhere to them, strictly speaking, yourself? Rosey is a doctor who works outside the home and is the breadwinner of the family while her husband Penn stays home with the kids and writes his novels. 5 boys, no girls… until the youngest decides she is.

I read this book as a recommendation from the Hello Sunshine book club by Reese Witherspoon, and I’m so glad I did. This book was such a good, eye-opening, inspiring read.

I think one of the basic themes of any Hello Sunshine book club pick is that it portrays a strong female character. The mother in this story, whose POV the book was told in, was such a strong, accepting, and loving character.

This follows the coming of age story of a transexual youth through the eyes of her parents, and it was so beautifully written. It brought attention to the struggles LGBTQ youth struggle with that the ordinary person would never even think of. The struggles, challenges, fears, and everyday obstacles they faced and how they dealt with them as they came along, and also how the other siblings in the family felt like they faded into the background because everything was always about the transgender child.

I highly enjoyed this book, and I hope others will give it a read. So great for a book club read. So much to talk about!

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