This Is How It Always Is. June 2018

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it’s another baby boy. But at least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect.
But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.
Rosie and Penn aren’t panicked at first. Kids go through phases, after all, and make-believe is fun. But soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.
This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again; parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts; children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.

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2 reviews for This Is How It Always Is. June 2018

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rayissa Palmer

    This is probably in my top 3 favourite books we’ve read at GBC. It begins with a story about a family who’s kids are all boys and the youngest one begins to dress in dresses. It’s a story about a family and parents and siblings and perception and love and heartache and suffering and joy and more love! It is simply wonderful. When I finished reading it, I wished the family in the book was real so I could invite them all over for dinner to just chat and enjoy spending time with them, as much as I enjoyed reading this book. Highly recommended reading and should be recommended reading for teens in high school.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    As a critical care nurse for 30 years, as well as being a transgender women, I have read A LOT of books concerning being trans. From people’s biographies of their transitions, spouse’s books about how the transition affected their relationships to medical studies, ad nauseam. This is far and away the absolute best book I have read about a parent’s and family’s love for their child who is struggling with being born different than what society expects.

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