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Luna by Julie Anne Peters
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Oct 31, 2011

it was amazing
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This book is about life changes. Liam becomes Luna; accepts that this is the time and place to start ‘her’ transformation and build her chrysalis. Regan also comes to terms with losing her brother, yet gaining a sister, and living her life free from the lies that both she and Liam have had to tell to keep Luna secret from their parents and friends.

Luna’s gradual coming out is akin to a butterfly or moth emerging from its cocoon; it is a process that is important in and of itself, and cannot be rushed. The amount of time each day Luna spends dressed as a woman can also be seen as an allegory for night turning into day – midnight, dawn, and full noon – or as a full cycle of the phases of the moon. When Luna finally takes the day back from Liam, even as Regan is trying to build a life for herself apart from keeping Luna’s secrets, you will cheer. When Luna sets off for the airport at the end fully dressed (though she has to change into male clothes in order to be let on the plane; but she does not let that deter her, showing her commitment and dedication to her decision), on her way to start living as a woman for a year to fulfill Benjamin SOC (Standards of Care), you will cry.

But this story is not just about Luna. It is about Regan too, showing a side of transgender people not often discussed in fiction – their families. Regan is only able to build a life of her once Luna is not there, but despite all the problems she encounters in her life because of keeping Luna’s secrets, she still finds it hard to say goodbye to her sister. Anyone who has a close bond with a sibling who leaves for any reason will find themselves identifying with Regan. And anyone who has every had any questions about their own gender, sex, sexual orientation, or just teenage life in general, will find matching confusion in Luna’s ‘unusual’ struggles, or in Regan’s ‘ordinary’ life.

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