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Luna

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  12,172 ratings  ·  925 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...more
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...more
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
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...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...more
Livia
Jul 06, 2013 Livia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Definitely not a book I'd recommend to anyone that wants an accurate portrayal of trans* people or how to be a respectful ally. First of all, it seems like Peters wrote this book without having done any research. Did she even ask one trans* person their opinion on the things she was writing?
Cisgender is the accurate term for someone who is not trans*, it's widely used in various LGBTQ circles, yet the term 'genetic girl' is rarely used. Portraying trans* women as all thinking like-minded, such...more
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
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...more
Caitlin
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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.
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
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 lov...more
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...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
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...more
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
Wart 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...more
Kjersti
If it wasn't for the whole transgender issue this would have been such a snore fest. In fact, Regan's love affair with Chris reminded me of all the Babysitters' Club books I used to read when I was eleven; clichéd, clumsy and over-the-top "funny". Peters' writing is nothing to get excited about and Luna/Liam comes across as a flaky character who can't help herself and must. cross-dress. at. all. times. Transgender teens (and adults, for that matter) is such an important issue and thus I would ac...more
Aine
This book was amazing. It's just been added to the list of books I think everyone should read. It's about a brother and sister... except the brother is trans. So it's really a book about two sisters. It's told in first person narrative from the POV of Regan, who holds her brother/sister's secret. Liam is really Luna, and this book chronicles her journey of coming out to the world. I have a friend like Liam/Luna, but so many don't. This book is so important when it comes to teens and LGBT issues....more
Maria Vargas
I honestly think that this book is amazing. It truly shows the struggles that any gay person has to go through. Coming out to their parents, and coming out to the world itself. Actually having enough confidence to walk out in the street with your head held high and with pride. Even though Julie Ann Peters only covers a story about a transgender, I do think it gives people the idea of the troubles with the gay society.
Kamille
It’s my first time reading a book about LGBTQ, and I can say that we really need diverse books!

Luna is about Regan O’Neil, who should have been typical if not for her transgender brother. Luna, a girl who can only be seen under the moonlight, dreams of being able to express herself to others as who she really is. And only Regan knew her secret.

Liam trusted his secret, identity, and life to Regan. Meanwhile, Regan sacrificed a lot for Liam’s sake. As Liam prepares to change everything and let Lun...more
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
Jason
I really resonated with Luna in ways I didn't expect, and it was an exciting read that opened me to a lot of things. There isn't that much young adult trans literature out there, and it's very good that this book is. At the same time, though it was an exciting read, parts of it felt almost too predictable. There are ways the story was very well-written and other places I thought it could have been done much better. I wanted to keep picking it up to find out what happened next. I forgot I had fin...more
lyNN
Okay so its about this guy named Liam, and since he was little, he always felt like he wanted to be a girl. He doesn't tell the story of his life but his sister Regan does. Her life has mainly revolved around him by trying to protect him from the world especially from their father. Their dad wanted Liam to play sports and do father and son things.Wasn't a bad guy but expected too much. So Regan helps Liam by letting him dress in her room at the middle of the night as a girl and in the day to hel...more
Andune
I just finished this book and found it an interesting read. I wish there would have been even more depth to the issues Luna was facing, for I felt a desire to connect further but the character is always portrayed with a bit of distance and through someone else's eyes. However there are some very poignant moments in the interaction between the siblings, Luna and Regan, and what it can mean to be another person's life support.

That gender can be used as discrimination and marginalization is incred...more
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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 (...more
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