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Whether you’re trans, gay, lesbian, bi, queer, questioning, or straight, this winner of the Stonewall Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award will make you marvel at the beauty of human connection and the irrepressible nature of love.

Everyone has that one line they swear they’ll never cross, the one thing they say they’ll never do. We draw the line. Maybe we even be
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Brian Sage is a transwoman. I didn't write the synopsis, and newer versions of the book say she is 'biologically male.' Actually, I think the book is better…moreSage is a transwoman. I didn't write the synopsis, and newer versions of the book say she is 'biologically male.' Actually, I think the book is better if you learn to like Sage as a person first, rather than a gender. I recommend people read ALMOST PERFECT without reading the synopsis. Thanks for your question.(less)
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John Egbert
Oct 28, 2011 John Egbert rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Jesus. I'm serious, he'd get a kick out of this one.
Recommended to John by: Cory
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Kristi
Sep 05, 2010 Kristi rated it liked it
This book was... Almost Perfect. (pun intended) It took me a while to get into this book. I actually almost stopped reading it. Logan just wasn't an appealing character... he was sort of boring actually and I struggled with the novel as a result. However, I can admit by the end of the novel Logan really grew on me, and the authenticity of his voice came shining though.

The writing was, well... I felt like someone decided to throw a few SAT words in there just for fun. I hate when people use 'big'
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Tom
Most of us, I suspect, have "met somebody" who would be just perfect, except...

I look back on some of my "almost perfects," and I cringe at what a douchebag I was.

Logan has just broken up with Brenda, and he's not optimistic about his prospects. He's a senior in a tiny high school (50 seniors). I went to a similar school: my class was 44, and it was hard to date girls I'd known since age nine.

One day, Sage walks into biology homeroom. Sage is tall, quirky, has a great laugh, and most of all, is
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Rebecca
Mar 08, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was ok
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!

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Hmmm. 2.5 stars. This is the story of how straight, male, small-town Logan falls for new girl Sage, then shuns her when he finds out she was born a boy, then slowly patches up their friendship and eventually their romance.

Pros:

Boyer: I haven't grown up or lived in a small town, but I've always wondered how people get "stuck," both physically and in their intolerant mindsets, and I feel like the description of Boyer was
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Claire Scott
May 28, 2014 Claire Scott rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, quiltbag, aaaaangst
ETA, four years later: this book still makes me angry and upset, more so because it won the Stonewall. And I find that I never, ever, ever want to recommend it ton anyone.

Ok. Mixed feelings on this one.

I don't think this has ever been done before! The plot was new, powerful, and very compelling to read... unfortunately also made me feel sick. As a queer reader, the tension between identifying with Logan (fairly likeable, pretty well-developed, sheltered, first-person narrator) and identifying
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Colin
Apr 19, 2010 Colin rated it it was ok
This was a fast read, but it was difficult. Though it was realistic, it was hard to read all about the main character's process working through his transphobia, and the whole thing reeked of tragi-trans. Also, there were infuriating moments of racism thrown in. I'd say this isn't a book for trans teens, but may help non-trans people empathize and somewhat better understand some of the dangers and emotional struggles facing mainstream trans people, and may illuminate and hopefully combat some of ...more
Erin
Nov 14, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing
Great book! There are a lot of great reviews for it, but I'll add my own for my friends. This book is great, but difficult to read. It's about a college senior whose girlfriend of 3 years broke up with him. While he's still quite vulnerable, he meets Sage. In a small town, having a new student is exciting. She's tall and quirky, and he thinks quite pretty. They become friends, but she keeps telling him that they can ONLY ever be friends. She isn't allowed to date, and that's all they will ever b ...more
Jamie Fahlgren
Sep 25, 2010 Jamie Fahlgren rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction
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Sesana
Mar 20, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
A 3.5 star book, rounded up.

The blurb lays out the plot of Almost Perfect neatly: Logan is falling madly for Sage, and then he discovers that she was born a he. So this is much more about Logan's struggle to understand and accept Sage as she is than it is about Sage herself.

Logan is, honestly, a bit of a jerk on more than one occassion, to Sage and to other people in his life. And it is completely, entirely realistic. This does not make Logan's narration easy or even pleasant to read at times,
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dearlittledeer
OmG, this book was so frustrating to me! Half the time I didn't know whether I wanted to race through the pages to find out what happened or throw it across the room.

Logan is a small-town teenage boy who just broke up with his girlfriend of a few years after finding out she cheated on him. He's so not over her ... until the new girl walks into his biology classroom. She's tall, with curly red hair, freckles, and braces. She wears weird, standout clothes. And Logan is completely taken with her.

Af
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Tracy
Jun 08, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. It's about teenagers dealing with not so teenage problems. These kids have had to deal with situations no teenager should have to deal with. Everyone has an opinion on the subject, including myself but I am not going to discuss that opinion now. Do we really know what we would do or how we would handle things? Until you have been there, how do you know.

I recommend this book to anyone with kids because it could apply to many situations.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
DNF @ Page 17.

I just can't get into this. I tried. Maybe one day I will try again. I have way too many books to read.
James
Aug 26, 2013 James rated it did not like it
I'm usually desperate to read any lgbt book I can get my hands on, and when I found a book with a trans* character I was really excited! By the end of the book however, I was simply angry and disappointed.

Logan (the narrator) is a regular boy in a small town. Sage (the love interest) is a new student at Logan's school. Logan finds her attractive and wants to date her. Sage likes Logan too but warns him that she's not what he's looking for. Logan pursuits her none the less. And when Sage is revea
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Hallie
May 09, 2012 Hallie rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt
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Abby
Feb 07, 2015 Abby rated it did not like it
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Rachel
Apr 18, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
This was a good book. I know that because I wanted to smack the main character upside his self-centered, very true-to-life, homophobic, teenaged boy head. In spite of Logan being the protagonist, I did a little mental cheer when another character told him, "This isn't about you!

Because it wasn't. It's not even about Sage. I think it's about society, perceptions, and the horrible experiences of so very many LGBTQ people. Sad but true, Sage actually kind of lucked out. Her parents weren't happy w
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Ines
...talk about (view spoiler). You know the ones that make you want to (view spoiler) Yep, that kind of (view spoiler)

Okay, on to the review.
I really enjoyed this novel. It gave me great perspective on the world on trans-people. I had never read a book that touches on this subject before, so I don't have much to compare it to, but it hit th
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Beth G.
Edit (12/7/11): I've given this a second read (this time in audiobook format), and I liked it more the second time around.

Original Review:

I knew I shouldn't stare, but I couldn't look away. Girls this strange didn't exist in Boyer. They lived in Columbia or Kansas City or places like that.

High school senior Logan Witherspoon has known all of his classmates since kindergarten. In a town the size of Boyer, MO, everyone knows everyone. So, it's a surprise when a new girl, Sage, joins his biology cl
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Sarai
Mar 19, 2011 Sarai rated it really liked it
I found this to be an extremely interesting book. I wanted to give it a 4.5 star rating because I really did like it, but the character of Logan did become a little whiny toward the end. It also was not a "can't put it down" book - for me; there may be others to whom it makes a more personal connection.

I liked the way the relationships were handled and the way the central topic was handled. I felt that Logan reacted in a realistic way, as did the boy who reacts violently toward the end. (It is u
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Jennifer
May 27, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Spoiler alert:

This book has a pretty great voice. This is a story of a M to F transgender teen living in small town middle America. There are lots of relationships that get examined, between her and her sister, her and her potential boyfriend, her parents the boy and his sister and mom. There is not one character that just feels stock to me. Even the boy and his ex-girlfriend have a pretty realistic conversation later in the book.

I do not think this books shies away from the difficulties a tran
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Sarah
Apr 26, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
I made the mistake of picking up this book for light reading. There was no dust jacket, but on the back of the hardcover, which had the above cover actually printed on it, there were critic reviews, and one recommended it for lovers of John Green books. There was no summary, so I thought maybe it was a cute love story that doesn't work out.

So as I was reading, I was thinking, "Eh, this is okay." That's the kind of response I wanted, anyway. I wanted a White tea book, and the mysteriousness of Sa
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jess
Mar 14, 2011 jess rated it it was ok
Shelves: yaf, 2011
This is the story of Logan. He's a senior at a small high school in a small town in Missouri. His dad abandoned their family, leaving a single mom/waitress to raise Logan & his older sister alone in a mobile home. Logan has a girlfriend who breaks his heart junior year, and he's pretty much given up on romance until a new girl starts at school: Sage. Sage is beautiful, brilliant, confident, passionate, a little quirky and best of all? She seems to like Logan. They form a delicate friendship ...more
Joell Smith-Borne
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Chiara (delicate eternity)
W O W

Logan would seriously have to be the douchiest dickhead I have ever read about. I could not stand him at all. He was constantly contradicting himself - stating one thing, and then pretending that he never actually admitted it. And he was such a self proclaimed martyr, as if he should have been granted some kind of award for being the shittiest friend ever to Sage. Seriously. I don't think I have ever read about a character that I have disliked as much as I disliked Logan.

The only reason wh
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Ruth Turner
Aug 29, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult

The first half of this book was 5 star for me and then I'm not sure what happened. It wasn't any thing to do with Logan's behaviour or Sage. I can't put my finger on it. It just didn't hold my interest as strongly in the second half. Maybe by reading it in two sittings over two days I lost the pace of the story.

The writing was smooth and easy, the characters realistic and a lot of fun at times, and the story line was handled with care. Katcher's extensive research is obvious.

Unlike some readers
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Emma Andromacy
a book written by a man from the perspective of a man who has feelings for a trans woman. man is transmisogynistic and "sees the light". I'd rather read a book about a trans woman, not how a cis male perceives her. Sage is like this transgender manic pixie dream girl who helps the narrator see the error in his thinking. This book is on many reading lists for books about trans women and it shouldn't be, this is a book about a cis male who has a short lived relationship with a trans woman and is p ...more
Crystal
I had a hard time with this one. There is so much of what a friend of mine called "heterosexual nonsense" when they overheard some of the audiobook. When Sage lets Logan know that she is trans, he reacts with homophobic comments and disgust. He also has many negative and demeaning comments throughout the book. Perhaps it is out of ignorance, but the results are the same. There is also a slur used that is highly offensive and it ranks right up there with racially charged hate language for me. I c ...more
Jen Warren
Oct 22, 2014 Jen Warren rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
Almost Perfect is not my favorite Katcher. I should be upfront about that now. Though certain elements I thoroughly enjoyed from his other works (namely the authenticity of the teenage guy, and the hilarity of the dialogue) are present, this is a brutal read.

The blurb tells it all: boy meets girl, turns out girl is a boy. When I picked this up, I knew what I was getting into. I knew it was going to be awkward and painful; I didn't realize it would stay with me for years (and years) to come.

The t
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Rachel Neumeier
Jul 09, 2012 Rachel Neumeier rated it it was amazing
I'm having a hard time thinking of anything about this book that WASN'T perfect! It's a contemporary YA, not a category I'm much interested in, but in fact the author handed me a copy of this book last year at a convention, and I just got around to reading it, and, well, it's really really good.

The writing is excellent. I even liked the prologue, and I hate prologues! The dialogue is excellent. There are some HILARIOUS scenes that are just brilliant, I'm thinking of the bit with the McDonald's
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Ricky
Dec 19, 2011 Ricky rated it did not like it
This was AWEFUL and TRANSPHOBIC. I ordered a bunch of young adult novels from the library that were on lists for "best feminist" or "best lgbtq" novels, which must have been how I came across this one. OMG IT IS AWEFUL. the only redeeming quality is that it portrays a trans character sort of like a normal human being. otherwise, it allows the main character (straight-white-male-from-smalltown) as super accepting because he doesn't punch the trans character in the face when she tells him she's "r ...more
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“Everyone has that one line they swear they'll never cross, the one thing they say they'll never do. Not something serious like I'll never kill anyone or I'll never invade Russia in the winter. Usually, it's something less earth-shattering.
I'll never cheat on her.
I'll never work at a job I hate.
I'll never give up on my dreams.
We draw the line. Maybe we even believe it. That's why it's so hard when we break that promise we make to ourselves.
Sage Hendricks was my line.”
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