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Almost Perfect

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  4,740 ratings  ·  544 reviews
You only hurt the ones you love.

Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been homeschooled for a number of years and her pare...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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John Egbert
Oct 28, 2011 John Egbert rated it 2 of 5 stars
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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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'...more
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...more
Claire Scott
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...more


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.


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...more
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
Jamie Fahlgren
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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
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.
May 09, 2012 Hallie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: lgbt
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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,...more
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.

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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Joell Smith-Borne
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Jen Warren
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...more
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...more
Rachel Neumeier
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...more
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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...more
Logan recently broke up with his high school sweetheart after she cheated on him. Now he's basically clinically depressed. His friends are starting to get worried, and wonder if he'll ever be back to normal. Then along comes Sage. She's different than other girls: a bit taller, a bit more awkward, a bit off. But that's what Logan likes about her. He quickly begins pursuing her, though she warns him not to. She's got a secret that can't get out. But when Logan can't resist any longer and kisses h...more
Kylie Luebbering
I adored reading this incredible novel, it is a fantastic book with a fascinating tale of highschool romance. It's about a young man who falls head over heels for the "perfect" girl. Sage seems to be just that, and appears to have it all, but there is something she'd like to change, her true gender. Sage is a male-born transgender, who keeps her secret in fear of people's reactions.
Author Brian Katcher had never been known to be involved with LGBT novels. He is recorded in an interview as being...more
God, what a stunner this book is. I stayed up late to finish it, which, despite my compulsion of reading, I haven't done in ages. This book is so well done. I laughed, I cried, I rooted for the characters. It was just really wonderful. Logan is surprised by a new student arriving in his small-town Missouri high school. Something about Sage catches him. Soon, they are friends. But when the boundary of friendship is crossed by a kiss, Logan finally learns Sage's secret - biologically, she is a boy...more
Ashley D--
I desperately want to give this book 4 stars, but I can't. It pisses me off when a book advances the cause of one minority at the expense of another. In this book, it's more unnecessary than usual. Why Brian Katcher felt the need to inject his story with racism I will probably never know, but I just can't bring myself to recommend a book to a teen when it includes this passage:

"Approaching Greek Town was like riding up to an encampment of angry Indians. I could hear their war cries long before I...more
Mar 14, 2011 jess rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, yaf
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
Bending The Bookshelf
This is a beautiful, powerful, emotional read. It grabs you by the heart and gets into your head like few books I have ever read. It’s the first book in a very long time where I not only had no idea how it was going to end, but was sincerely concerned with how the situation would resolve itself.

I could write an essay about this book, what it meant to me, and how I feel about it. I loved it and I hated it. I was afraid to read another chapter, and I never wanted it to end. My head wants me to wra...more
Madison Parker

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I've read a few stories that feature transgender characters, and I've learned from each one. I used to have a hard time understanding why someone would physically transition, but throughout this story, I never once doubted it was the right decision for Sage. After reading this story, I have a much better understanding of the struggles trans people face. Even though Sage was not the point-of-view character, this very much felt like her story. Although we see...more
It’s been months and Logan is still nursing a broken heart thanks to his 3 year girlfriend that cheated on him. That is until Sage walks into his first hour Biology class. Logan and Sage immediately hit it off. Their mutual attraction is unmistakable; which makes it all the more confusing when Sage continuously fends off Logan’s quiet advances. Then on New Year’s Day they unexpectedly share their first kiss. Sage is forced to share her secret…the fact that she was born a boy. Logan is disgusted...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.”
“Sage would survive. I'd survive. We were better off apart. Painful and quick, just like ripping off a Band-Aid. Well, more like gouging a piece of shrapnel out of my stomach, pouring a bottle of gin into the wound, lighting it on fire, and sewing my guts up with a dirty bootlace. But the concept was the same.” 8 likes
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