Peta Lyre's Rating Normal

Anna Whateley

Allen & Unwin

May 2020

$19.99 AU

242p pb

ISBN: 978-1760525309

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Peta Lyre is far from typical. The world she lives in isn't designed for the way her mind works, but when she follows her therapist's rules for 'normal' behaviour, she can almost fit in without attracting attention.

When a new girl, Sam, starts at school, Peta's carefully structured routines start to crack. But on the school ski trip, with romance blooming and a newfound confidence, she starts to wonder if maybe she can have a normal life after all.

When things fall apart, Peta must decide whether all the old rules still matter. Does she want a life less ordinary, or should she keep her rating normal?

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Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley brings you into the life of Peta Lyre, a teenager who has ADHD and autism. She has been taught by her therapist to follow certain rules to appear ‘normal’. When she meets Sam, the new girl at her school, her patterned life starts to shift and while on a school ski trip Peta and Sam's friendship starts to lead into a romance. With a new relationship in her life Peta starts to wonder if she needs to follow all the rules.

The genres of this book are romance, realism and teen issues. I really enjoyed this book because it shows you into the life of someone who has ADHD and autism. I also like how the book describes how Peta is feeling in different situations. I think this book is best suited for an audience 12+ because it brings up issues of alcohol and abuse. If you are looking for a modern-day teenage romance book I would recommend this story.

Yasmin, age 14

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