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3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,069 Ratings  ·  1,202 Reviews
"Jaja, ich liebte sie. Ich konnte nichts dagegen machen. Sie war mein Bruder."

Manchmal kommt es Regan so vor, als ob sie und ihr Bruder sich ein Leben teilten. Sein Leben. Als Einzige kennt sie Liams großes Geheimnis. Sie weiß, dass er sich als Mädchen fühlt - gefangen in einem männlichen Körper. Nacht für Nacht verwandelt sich Liam in Luna, in das Mädchen, das er sein möc
Paperback, 334 pages
Published September 2006 by dtv (first published January 1st 2004)
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Wendy Darling
Apr 11, 2016 Wendy Darling rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy Darling by: Leanne
Clearly, it's important that books like this are written, not only so that teens who are transgender 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 begi
Feb 02, 2014 Brooke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, queer
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
saadia k
Jun 22, 2012 saadia k rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2016
Overall I did really like this book. There were a few things that could have been better but it was good.

Firstly, I thought this book was interesting and it kept my attention throughout. This book is really simple in terms of language, story and writing style and that simplicity had its pros and cons. A pro was the fact that it was so simple that it was really easy to understand and I think that is good because younger readers can grasp everything very easily. Another pro to the simplicity was
Jan 05, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Wart Hill
Jan 28, 2014 Wart Hill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, gave-up
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
Aug 20, 2008 K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2013 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh, young-adult, lgbtq
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Jun 10, 2015 Alyssa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Aug 11, 2009 Arlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 14, 2009 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 02, 2016 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended and sent by Lys. And then she dares deny she's puccia.

Anyway, this was both cute and meaningful. And well, sad and frustrating and all the FEELS.

I do not know if I can write an english review in this case. I'll try my best.

Liam is a girl. He has always felt like a girl and he's been hiding the real him (or her, really) for all his life. The only one who knows about Luna, Liam's true self, is her sister, Regan.

I don't know how realistic Luna is, because I really can't imagine how di
Okay, I think I'm calm enough to write this review now. But I might just end up getting angry again.
Here it goes.
Let me start off by saying that this is the second book I've read - well, tried to read - that's written by Julie Anne Peters. The first book I read I gave 2 stars to and after this story, I'm never going to be reading another book of hers again. Obviously they're not for me.
Secondly, do not, I seriously mean it, do not call this a trans book.
This story is told from the view point of
Oct 18, 2011 Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Jul 29, 2009 Kjersti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenage-kicks
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
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
I feel hesitant to assign a star rating to this, because while I absolutely believe that stories like this are extremely valuable and necessary, I'm not too hot on how it's told. Like Almost Perfect, this is not told from the perspective of the person moving through transition and understanding their identity. It's told through the eyes of Regan, who has too many woe-is-me moments and is largely the reason I ended up skimming rather than truly reading (another reason why I won't rate; I didn't d ...more
Oct 05, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2011 Hallie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jun 22, 2013 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, lgbtq
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
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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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