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Luna : a novel
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2003
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  Booklist Review

Gr. 8-12. Peters tells two stories in this groundbreaking novel--one about Regan, and the other about Liam, Regan's transgender brother, who is the son his father expects by day but a young woman, Luna, by night. Fiercely protective of Liam/Luna, Regan has put her life on hold; she worries about her brother's female self being discovered and the family's reaction, and she fears that her brother may someday give in to despair. While Regan wonders if she will ever be able to have a life separate from the needs of her sibling, Liam seriously begins to consider a permanent change. Peters isn't putting forward a political agenda here. Rather, she's bringing the circumstances surrounding a difficult situation to light, and her sensitively drawn characters realistically encompass a wide range of reactions--from tentative acceptance by a best friend to Mom's feigned ignorance and Dad's total disbelief. The subject matter and occasional rough language will undoubtedly raise some eyebrows, but this book belongs in most YA collections. --Cindy Welch Copyright 2004 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Groundbreaking, finely tuned realism about a transsexual teen. Sophomore Regan's own life barely exists because of the fierce needs of her 17-year-old brother Liam--who is, in Liam's heart, mind, and soul, a girl named Luna. Regan is Luna's confidant and support, and the only person who knows. Their cold parents refuse to notice hints; peers surmise (incorrectly) that Liam is gay. Regan and Luna's often-painful closeness has prevented Luna's suicide over the years, but middle-of-the-night dresses, wigs, and makeup aren't enough anymore; Liam can't stand to exist at all, and begins the transition publicly to Luna. Peters writes her characters with care and complexity. Regan's clumsy new romance and Luna's coming out to a lifelong friend who's in love with Liam shiver with tenuousness, but find hope. At the end, Luna's off to Seattle to begin the process that will end with sex-reassignment surgery and Regan's ready to focus on herself for a change. The first of its kind--well done and essential for every library serving young adults. (Fiction. YA) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
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, reveals herself only at night. For years, Liam has transformed himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be with help from his sister's clothes and makeup in the secrecy of their basement bedrooms. 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?
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