So excited to finally get our copy of Luna by Julie Anne Peters. It’s the story of Liam (17 or 18 yrs old) who has felt like a girl trapped in a boy’s body his entire life. His story, the story of his transformation into Luna, his true female self, is actually told by Regan, Liam’s younger sister. In this way I think the author was able to appeal to a wider audience. Regan is a very appealing, relatable character. She’s just a normal girl who’s content to fade into the background. I also like the way Peters used flashbacks to show the evolution of Luna and how all this has affected Regan, their family, and friends. I found the story especially compelling because you are intrigued and drawn in by Liam/Luna but also by Regan. She struggles too with this identity crisis and has long felt like she needed to protect her brother and herself from the harsh real world. She has also felt attention usurped from her by her brother and I liked how in the end you feel a sense of hope for both of them even though it is no conventional happy ending (I like that too.) One co-worker thought the story was “melodramatic” but I think she’s wrong. I have a few gay friends but I don’t think I could even begin to understand what living with a transgendered person would be like. I felt like all the “melodrama” in the story was completely realistic and appropriate. I wouldn’t have batted an eyelash if there had been even more. I did agree with her however that this is the kind of book that could save a kid’s life. I wouldn’t (nor would this co-worker) say that lightly. It’s books like these … progressive, cutting edge, realistic (really happening out there everyday) that we need in this society to bridge some gaps that are created by a lack of understanding.
I also recently finished Small Town Odds which was recommended here and I just want to say how awesome the blog is because if it weren’t for that post I know I would never have picked up that book on my own (it’s a grown up book!) and it’s such a splendid book. I enjoyed it on so many levels. And there are some great lines in that book. I kept wishing for paper and pencil near me as I read to jot some down. One of my favorite characters is Tess, Eric’s 5 (and a half, she’d want me to say that) year old daughter. I have a 5 (and a half, she’d want me to say that) niece and I felt like she could play the role of Tess perfectly. The author just really hit the nail on the head with that character. If the author is childless I will be really, really impressed.
~posted by April M