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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 preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam's family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives?

Compelling and provocative, this is an unforgettable novel about a transgender teen's struggle for self-identity and acceptance.

©2004 Julie Anne Peters (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Mandi Fraley
  • 20-06-2013

This book hits home

Let me start out by saying that I loved this book. If that's the only bit of information you require, then read no further. If you would like to know why, then let me tell you.

As someone with a transgendered sibling, I was instantly drawn to the premise of this book. I went into this expecting a story like my own, with a sibling that did what she pleased no matter how it angered everyone, maybe even to cause such anger in everyone just to spite them for making her feel so different. Luna's story was not like that, and I'm glad. She was still a believable character in every aspect. Each person who goes through something like this, some form of alienation from peers and family, will react differently, and I appreciated the perspective of someone who tried to hide themself away until they felt ready to express who they really were, something that will probably resonate with most people, no matter what you've experienced. I adored Luna's spirit, and I despaired every time she hurt (though sometimes it was her own doing). The courage it took to be herself in the end is admirable, and the strength she had to walk away from a potentially damaging situation is something every struggling person can strive for.

The other characters were incredibly realistic as well. The parents were probably the closest to my own experience. I too had a father who used to be successful and really, really wanted a boy, and a mother who made the money in the family and sort of pretended nothing was wrong so she wouldn't have to deal with the backlash. The sister, Regan, while very unlike me in how we handled our siblings, was a wonderful, encouraging narrator. She was naive and stubborn at times, but she showed continual love for Luna, even when Luna did things that negatively affected Regan's life. It's the type of support everyone deserves, and the sort of family member someone like Luna desperately needed.

The story itself was incredible, and even though the narrator wasn't the main character (Luna is the main character), we still saw Luna's very real struggle and how she coped with her life. While hearing from Luna's perspective about the difficulties she faced would have been fascinating, I did appreciate the message this book chose to send instead. The narrative was more about how others/society need to come to accept transgendered people as, well, REGULAR PEOPLE instead of labeling them and othering them as something that isn't normal. That is a powerful message in a y.a. book.

My only complaint is the guy who reads this book. I understand the point/meaning of a guy reading a book that's supposed to be from a girl's perspective. It was a nice touch in this audiobook about a transgendered girl. While Brad Raimondo did a fantastic job with his interpretation of Luna, and most of the time he did a very good Regan, he made some of the other characters into caricatures. The dad was always a stiff jock type, the mom was an overworked busybody, and the girls in Regan's class all seemed stuck up. I suppose if we take into account that they're all supposed to be shown as Regan interprets them, then he did a fine job, but I felt there could have been a bit more depth to those other voices.

All in all, this is a wonderful book, and well worth the listen. Use your credit on something else and straight up buy this book. You need it.

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  • Andrew
  • 29-01-2019

It just doesn't work

I would not recommend this story to any person trying to understand what it is like growing up trans. It voices a lot of the fears of what it is like, but only through the narrator and not the actual trans character. Luna is all about fashion and makeup and that seems to be it. That's what being a girl is to her. I found it a bit insulting. I could be wrong and this whole story is based on true experiences, but I can't see any of these characters behaving this way. The trans girl is self-involved and obsessive. I understand there is a period around transitioning that is selfish, but in my experience it is that way because of all of the insecurity and anxiety and not to do with a complete personality shift and denial of reality. At one point her sister is sobbing and Luna asks to go shopping. Girls be shopping, right? Also she is a savant for some reason. The sister is written as very adult and wise, but also as immature and dumb. It seems her character changes to fit the story instead of the other way around. The dad seems relatively grounded in reality, but the mother is just a sociopath. I don't mind an antagonist, but the motivations for the mother are nonsensical. Either she's an extreme narcissist or a weird caricature. It doesn't much matter either way, because she's almost a non-entity in the story, which being a story about a family is bizarre. I may have missed the exact year, but it feels this is set during the same years I was a kid. Cellphones and pagers coexist. America West Airlines was a thing. I was in the closet in high school in the early 2000s. I figured this book would likely reflect my experience at least a bit, but its wildly off the mark. Also, and this is a small thing, but why do the characters go to a Blockbuster to buy cds at the mall? I'm assuming they meant a Sam Goody. I can't go into one of the worst and most offensive moments in this book without spoilers, but I sided with the people furious at Luna and not the actual trans girl. I am wired in every way to want to root for Luna and still, I never could. I do not and will not speak for all trans people. However, I will say that I, a trans woman, found this book woefully wrong about what being trans is to me.

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  • George B.
  • 01-11-2020

Forced read for class

The over all book and story was superb, It's no wonder why the book popular. The narrator was spot on and made it even better. The actual story is something I would never pick up or read again. however I don't wish to judge the entirety on my personal preference. it was good and I'm sure would be amazing for those that are interested in this sort of strife stories

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  • MJ
  • 19-08-2020

loved it!

I read this book when I was in high school (2006). I thought it was a great story. This book also gave me more knowledge understanding about the transgender community. I just happened to think about this book randomly 14yrs later, and decided to listen to the audiobook version this time. It is still an amazing story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2020

Really touching heartfelt story but...

TL;DR: My main critique was the presentation of Luna's dysphoria. But if you don't think about it too much, the drama is gripping and the ending is heartfelt. So might be worth a listen for you, it was for me. It's well read. The trans-character and her dysphoria feels a bit exaggerated and unrealistic in certain parts. Everyone's experience is different of course, but that's the vibe I got. Luna's symptoms were all really on the nose and not subtle at all. *SPOILERS* Like she literally tried to cut off her penis as a child... Dysphoria typically manifests itself in more subtle ways but I suppose they could have also been trying to show just how obvious it had to have been to the mother that she was trans. Luna is also a bit of an inconsiderate bitch early on and acts really selfish which felt weird and I wasn't a fan of but she gets better. *END SPOLIERS* That being said, when I don't think about it too much and just try and enjoy the story of Luna and Raegan I found the ending, and a lot of moments in between were really heartfelt. I did tear up at the end, and I was emotionally gripped throughout all the drama.

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  • Samantha Bartilson
  • 22-10-2019

A story of transition in a difficult world.

Elizabeth Evans was phenomenal. Story was shockingly accurate, occasionally triggering, some problematic language (GG-genetic girl)

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  • Laura
  • 17-05-2019

Laura

for so many years this has been my favorite book, it has really help me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-01-2019

God this is a good book

Really tragic yet also touching and heartfelt. 10/10 Really captures a lot of the fear, sadness, and struggle around being trans but doesn't feel dragged out.

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  • Carrey
  • 15-12-2018

I'm crying. very time

just cant believe a book can makeme cry so hard evry time I reed it I only wish thear are more books so similar to Luna I. rilly do love the name and how she deacdobla2 her meany for the name thanks to every single person involved in the making of the book and especially the ather thank you so mutch

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  • stephen justin
  • 14-10-2018

Wonderful story

The story was amazing, and the way it was all out together and read where great. But the story it’s self ended a little abruptly for me, 4 stars because I think it should have had at least another chapter. Other wise 5 stars across the board.

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