A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{May 15, 2010}   Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Plot: Regan is the only person who knows that her brother Liam is actually a girl. At night, in Regan’s room, Luna emerges and does all the things that she cannot in a world that insists on seeing her as a boy. It has never bothered her and she has been her sister’s support all these years. But Regan increasingly feels that her sister’s secret is taking over her life. She wants to have a normal life and a boyfriend and she is afraid of the effect Liam’s transition will have on her.

This is a heartbreaking, beautifully written novel. It is about Regan’s feelings about Liam’s transition into Luna more than her sister’s feelings. But the two siblings are so close that we still get a good view of Luna’s life and pain. I find it a little overly didactic at times, heavy with technical terms that aren’t necessary to understanding the situation. But the point is, after all, to help teens who know nothing about transgendered and transsexual people understand it. And in that it succeeds. Nor does this didactic element make the novel any less enjoyable. The characters are endearing and multifaceted; you care about them, their pain and their mistake. I cried, reading it, and to me that is high praise.


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