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Luna

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  18,235 Ratings  ·  1,314 Reviews
Regan's brother Liam can't stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister's clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change-Luna is pr ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Wendy Darling
Oct 10, 2011 Wendy Darling rated it it was ok
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
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Brooke
Jun 03, 2009 Brooke rated it it was ok
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
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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
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Alex Farrand
Nov 17, 2016 Alex Farrand rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
So, I bought this book when I was in college for, I believe, a book report. Yes, a book report about inequality. I think it was for a science/medical ethics class. I choose a different book and left this on my shelf to read eventually.

Well this week is the week I finally read it. Luna is about Liam, 17/18 year old male, transitioning into Luna. The book was narrated by her sister, Regan.

Well, I think this book would be perfect for 6th graders who are just really learning about their sexuality,
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Sarah
Jan 07, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2016, ya
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
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Hannah Lozier
Feb 14, 2014 Hannah Lozier rated it it was ok
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
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Amy
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
Andrew
Aug 20, 2015 Andrew rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-or-wnr
I think this review here sums up how I'm truly feeling.

But here's my "review":
Please do not call this a trans book.
This story is told from the view point of Luna's sister, a cisgender girl. Her thoughts, her feelings, all of her is what we really see, not Luna's and is therefore not about the trans person and is not a "trans story".
The constant misgendering from the summary alone makes me boil.
Reading through other people's reviews of this story, constantly misgendering Luna, makes me even more
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Alyssa
Jun 07, 2015 Alyssa rated it did not like it
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Wart Hill
Jan 25, 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
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Caitlin
Nov 26, 2011 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh, young-adult, lgbtq
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K
Aug 20, 2008 K rated it it was amazing
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
Kristen
May 19, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
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
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Emily Ann
Jan 12, 2012 Emily Ann rated it it was amazing
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
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Arlene
Jul 23, 2009 Arlene rated it it was amazing
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
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Jess
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.
Giovanna
Feb 06, 2015 Giovanna rated it really liked it
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
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The Bookavid
Jul 19, 2014 The Bookavid rated it did not like it
I urge everyone who enjoyed this to read this insightful article by Vee S. about the Acceptance Narrative in Trans YA.

This and other novels fall into a category of harmful misrepresentation. I wasn't aware of this and really loved LUNA until I realized how problematic the portrayal apparently is.
Miranda
Sep 26, 2011 Miranda rated it it was amazing
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.
Steph
Jun 23, 2010 Steph rated it it was amazing
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
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Helena Miller
Oct 21, 2009 Helena Miller rated it it was amazing
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
Emma Getchell
Nov 30, 2016 Emma Getchell rated it it was amazing
I read this book back in sixth grade. But I still remember the impact it had on me. By the end of this book, all I wanted was another book continuing life for her. I hadn't really ever put much thought into people that were born feeling like they should be someone else. It just never really crossed my mind. This book opened my eyes up to a whole new world. I was able to get a better understanding, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is open minded toward this subject. Maybe, even ...more
Kjersti
Jul 16, 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
Samantha
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
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Jessica
Oct 05, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Tasia
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
Carissa Anne
Jul 14, 2011 Carissa Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, young-adult
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
Hallie
Nov 09, 2011 Hallie rated it it was ok
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
Paula Patterson
Read for TBR Takedown 2.0 Readathon. One challenge was to read a book out of our comfort zone. This was my selection. What an eye-opening book!! Well written book about a teenage girl who's brother is a transgender. The reader is quickly drawn into the lives of both of these people. Reagan has to learn to deal with her brother/sisters behavior. In this novel, I was torn between the angst that Liam/Luna felt and the frustration and anger that his decisions bring into Reagan's life. Such a great r ...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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