Author: Julie Anne Peters
Publisher: New York: Little Brown 2004
Classification: Young Adult Fiction
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Topics: GLBT, family, coming of age
Media Type: Book
Grade level: 8-adult
Reader's annotation: Regan’s life has always been difficult, but now that her brother wants to be a woman in public, it is harder than ever for her to have her own identity.
Summary: Regan is used to Liam, her brother by day, waking her up as he becomes the she that is inside by transforming herself into Luna. The siblings have rooms downstairs and Liam has rigged it to give them maximum privacy. Mom is wrapped up in work and dad is trying desperately to have that picture perfect family life that seems to be just outside his grasp. Wishing his son would go out for sports he pressures him into going to try outs while Regan tries to keep the peace between them. Now Liam isn’t satisfied with keeping Luna a secret and only for the middle of the night. Luna wants to go out in public and needs Regan’s help for this. The deceptions that she must concoct to make this happen start to really take a toll on her but she can’t let her brother down. As this plays out they both realize what is really important in life and how other people can surprise you both in a good way and in a bad way but trusting in yourself will take you a long way.
Evaluation: Uplifting book about a girl who watches her brother who is really a girl trapped in the body of a boy make the transition into his/her own. A story about identity and confidence, and what makes things work with other people. Great book for any teen to read as it will give a perspective that isn’t widely known.
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