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Luna

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  15,182 ratings  ·  1,070 reviews
Regan's brother Liam can't stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister's clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change-Luna is pr ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Wendy Darling
Nov 01, 2011 Wendy Darling rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wendy Darling by: Leanne
Clearly, it's important that books like this are written, not only so that teens who are transgendered have a voice in young adult literature, but also so that our society as a whole has a chance to better understand gender identity and gender expression.

Regan's older brother Liam has always felt as if he was different. Through the years, he's been closer to her female friends than any guy his own age, and he's always been interested in typically "feminine" toys and clothes. Eventually, Liam be
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Brooke
Hmm. Well, I'm glad this book was written because there certainly could be more books for and about the trans community. I did have some issues with this book, however. Some thoughts and some questions.

It was interesting how the mother and father had non-traditional roles (him not working,her working). Im not sure if this was necessary though or really served the plot in any way.

There is this theme or at least a few scenes in which Liam is painted as someone who "can't help himself" from cross
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saadia k
This book got under my skin in a big way.

For starters, all characters in this novel felt flat to me -- all stereotype and caricature; no real depth. In short, they were unlikable because there was nothing earnestly human about them -- their imperfections were forced rather than fluid (Regan's self-deprication, for example) and their conflicts were heavy-handed.

Liam/Luna is portrayed as an object in this novel, nothing more, and is extreeeeemely underdeveloped. Regan is supposed to be Luna's clo
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Amy
This book is an amazing step forward in YA literature. Other reviewers have given you the premise of the plot, I just wanted to add that I thought it was BRILLIANT that it was told from the sister's point of view. Within the largely conservative area I live in, not a lot of people would be interested in this book had it been told from Liam/Luna's point of view. But as it comes from the sister, it's a safe vantage. It's the perfect vehicle for introducing a LOT of people to an issue they might no ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

LUNA is the first book I've ever read that deals specifically with transgender issues. Although you get a feel for what the book is about by reading the back copy--in effect, that Regan's brother, Liam, is a woman trapped in a man's body--you don't get the full spectrum of what this actually means until you reach the end of chapter one.

"Rolling over, I muttered, 'You're such a freakshow.' Her hair splayed across my pillow, tickling my face. 'I know,' she murmu
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K
I am so glad this book exists! While working in a public library a few years back, I came across Luna, and have recommended it a hundred times over ever since. It is one of the few young adult books I have seen so far that addresses the reality/experience of transgender teens, which has been needed for years! (Before this book, it was the Francesca Lia Block books that I would love for addressing queer youth experience. They are classics and address issues of gender for sure, but I appreciate th ...more
Noureen Faliksher
I finished reading the book Luna by Julie Anne Peters, and it was the most moving and inspiring book I have ever read. I wanted to bring up a quote that really made me cry while I was reading the book. In the book Liam says to Regan, "Don't you know, you're the girl I always wanted to be." (Peters, 246) Since Liam is a transgender, he feels that he is a girl that is trapped within a boy's body. He tells his sister Regan that he was always jealous of her. This made me realize the importance of m ...more
Hannah Lozier
Although Luna is a well-written book on a topic that demands more wide-spread exploration, its narrative ultimately promotes the "wrongness" and/or "otherness" of trans characters by focusing on a cis hetero (and ultimately much less interesting) main character.

Luna is one of those books I read a long time ago -- long enough that I can't, in good conscience, review the prose, because I don't remember it... though, perhaps that is telling in and of itself. I read Luna while I was in high school a
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Caitlin
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Wart *Rainbows, beauty, and death* Hill
DNF at 47%.

When I first started this book, I thought I would like it. I was disappointed that the book wasn't from Luna's point of view, but I thought maybe it would be a good book to get my family members, maybe reading about Regan's journey of discovery with regards to her sister would help them.

Except then Regan turned out to be a brat.

She keeps talking about how she has no life because of Luna, but honestly all I see is a spoiled brat who can't step away from her own innane high school drama
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Kristen
3/5 stars

“Like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, I thought. An exquisite and delicate creature, unfolding her wings and flying away. Except in Luna’s case, the butterfly is forced to rein in her wings and reinsert herself into the cocoon every day. Every single day, she has to become a shell of a person.”

The Skinny:
This is the story of a young man, Liam; a boy on the outside, yet a girl on the inside. By night, Liam is Luna, a girl who loves make-up and fashion. By day, Liam is an introve
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Arlene
Luna, by Julie Ann Peters, is an exceptional book. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars as it pushes the boundaries of YA literature to unchartered territory and does it so flawlessly. This is like no other book I’ve ever read, and one that will stay on my mind for quite some time. It was beautifully written, with perfectly developed characters that were wrapped around a subject matter that got me to rethink how I feel about topics not commonly discussed.

The focus of the book is extremely s
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Alyssa
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Miranda
This book is getting really good. Luna wants to tell he's parents that he is a girl. Thats what he wants to be. No a man but a woman.
Jess
I cried and cried while I read this book. But don't read it unless you are ready to think hard about some tough issues and stereotypes.
Samantha
This is going to be a tough one to write a review for. Overall, I think it is a pretty fantastic book. But I do think that it has suffered a bit of dated-ness since it was first published (only in 2004! That is dated to me now!)
"Luna" tells the story of Luna, who was born a male named Liam, through the perspective of her little sister, Regan. It is really (I hate to say it) interesting to see this story told through a straight cis-female perspective, since you would think the power of the story
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Jessica
Liam has always known that he was a girl and has kept this knowledge locked away in a steamer trunk to be revealed only at night. Regan has been protecting her brother Liam since she can remember; protecting his secret from the world. During one fateful year, Liam and Regan’s carefully orchestrated lives begin to unravel when Liam can no longer keep Luna under lock and key to be seen only at night. Told from the perspective of Regan, Luna takes the reader on a journey through one teen’s transfor ...more
Carissa Anne
I really wish that I could have enjoyed this book more than I did. The character of Liam/Luna was wonderful (except for the babysitting incident, which just made me mad - he should have known better), and I would have liked the book a lot more if it was from that point of view. But no, we got to be inside the mind of his sister, a character that really bothered me. I didn't like that to make Liam/Luna's character radiant, the author seemed to think she had to make Regan dull, right down to makin ...more
Emily Ann
My 5 star rating may be a little misleading.

In a [future?] world where hundreds of great lit (YA and otherwise) is written with trans characters, where trans people feel less silenced and less invisible, I think this is a really great book.

In the current reality, I have some problems with this book. They mostly are about silencing the trans voice by giving control of the narrative to the trans character's cis-gendered sister.

I think it made the story more palatable because we hear about the pain
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Steph
Luna was born Liam. When we meet him, he's a high school senior, but he's known he is a girl trapped in a boy's body since he was much younger. When Liam was nine years old, he asked his mom for a Barbie and a bra. Then, at his party, he couldn't understand why, after having given the list to his mom, he didn't get the presents.

His younger sister, Regan, is the only other person who knows his secret. The secret doesn't just weigh heavily on Liam/Luna, it's also taking its toll on Regan. She lo
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Helena Miller
This was a National Book Award finalist and I can see why. In many ways, it's a typical young adult novel with a girl struggling with her family, her brother, and a new love interest. The love-interest part was cute but fairly typical. The fact that her brother, however, is transgender (he was born physically a boy but feels like a girl on the inside) is NOT typical of YA literature and adds incredible complexity. I think the author realistically portrayed this struggle, not making it any simple ...more
Pavarti Tyler
Luna is a rare treat, insightful and provocative, it takes a circumspect look at a topic most books barrel into head on. Instead of focusing completely on the transexual character Liam/Luna, this novel is told from the point of view of Regan, Luna's younger sister.

The reader isn't spared the pain Luna feels having to "pass" as a boy, only able to let her real persona out in secret late at night. But what is truly amazing about this novel is how the author presents the effect of transsexualism on
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Jennifer
This book is beautifully-written, and the prose alone takes it up to three stars. But ultimately the story feels lacking, as Regan's narrative overwhelms Luna's and renders the trans character mysterious and underexplored. Regan's complicated feelings were well-drawn, and the family dynamics were fascinating, but Regan's actual story and character (her romance plot, her opera fixation) were not very interesting, and I kept wishing that Luna could just tell her own story. That might have solved, ...more
Megan
I really disliked the narrator. I realize that it was supposed to be "realistic" in that she was struggling to deal with her brother's gender identity issues, but she just comes across as selfish, immature, and stupid. She makes some terrible choices in this book that I didn't understand. And even worse, it supports the trope of "insecure girl loved by popular boy who persists in loving her despite the fact that she acts like a jerk and pushes him away." I disliked most of the characters, in fac ...more
Hallie
Nov 17, 2011 Hallie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: lgbt
I really, really wanted to like this book because there is not enough (massive understatement) positive representation of transgender characters in YA fiction. But the narrator took over the book and made it about herself, not about her trans sibling Liam/Luna. I don't know what the intent there was - probably to show the internal struggle one would have to go through to accept a trans family member. But she ricocheted between juvenile self-involvement and acting as a mouthpiece for PSAs about t ...more
Debora
Luna è il primo romanzo per ragazzi che tratta di un argomento delicato come la transessualità e io, non mi vergogno ad ammetterlo, ho duramente criticato la scelta della Giunti Y di collocare un libro del genere nel settore per ragazzi. Senza contare che in moltissime librerie che frequento assiduamente da anni mi sono ritrovata a scorgere questo librettino nel settore per bambini, dove ci sono i tappetini a puzzle colorati per intenderci, fra Peter Pan e Alice in Wonderland. Io, che mi ero doc ...more
Laura
Jun 25, 2009 Laura rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura by: Amy Overington
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Leonora
This was really good. I'd only read one of Peters' other books, 'Keeping You a Secret', and I thought 'Luna' was better written, more complex, and a fully realized novel. Technically, it's a young adult book, but can and should certainly be read by adults.

Throughout the book, I really felt for Regan as much as I rooted for Luna, her brother.

This book also has started to undo some transphobia that I'm loathe to admit I have. However, what occurred to me while reading this book is how similar bein
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Caidyn
This book has greatly impacted my life. Thanks to this book I figured out something about myself that I'll never let anyone take away. Before this book I had no idea what transgendered was, so it taught me quite a lot through someone's watching eyes, and when I heard it it connected home. A bit after reading this and numerous other books about the topic I began to identify myself as a FtM (Female to Male) trans. That was a year ago and I'm happier than I've ever been in my whole life, out to my ...more
Ishita
The book was absolutely incredible. At first I was a bit hesitant to read about it but as I read more and more I fell in love with the book. It's amazing and I think everyone should give it a try.
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Julie Anne Peters was born in Jamestown, New York. When she was five, her family moved to the Denver suburbs in Colorado. Her parents divorced when she was in high school. She has three siblings: a brother, John, and two younger sisters, Jeanne and Susan.

Her books for young adults include Define "Normal" (2000), Keeping You a Secret (2003), Luna (2004), Far from Xanadu (2005), Between Mom and Jo (
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