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Luna by Julie Anne Peters
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Oct 15, 2009

it was ok
Read in November, 2009

I wanted very much to love this book. It's very important to have books about transgendered teens available, and I admire Julie Ann Peters for writing this one, but I just didn't find it to be very good.

The story of Liam/Luna makes a compelling read, but it's told from the perspective of hir sister Reagan, who I found to be very much a central-casting YA fiction character. It was difficult to sympathize with her. Secondary characters were also not well developed. I was particularly upset about Chris, Reagan's love interest. There were a number of clues that seemed to indicate that he might be hiding illiteracy, but then he suddenly wrote her a nicely-worded note, she admired his handwriting, and that avenue was gone. It would have made him more interesting. Instead, he's just an attractive guy who likes her (for no reason I can fathom) and is there just to serve that purpose.

I can understand Peters' reluctance to write about the experience of a transgender person, since she is (as far as I know) cisgendered, but this book would have been much more compelling if it had been written from Luna's point of view.

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