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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Luna, by Julie Anne Peters

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.

I, for one, have never read a book dealing with transsexualism before, so I was very curious when I started to read Luna. I found it to be an amazing book. I thought it was very believable, very real, especially the family dynamics (notably the interactions between Regan's dad and Liam) and it gave me an insight into the difficulties experienced by transsexual people as they attempt to show who they truly are to society, and to be themselves which can result in humiliation and scorn. However Luna (formerly known as Liam, Regan's brother) manages to overcome these pressures of society and break free which, obviously, is an extremely brave thing to do.

Regan, from whose point of view Luna is told, is a likable character as there are aspects of her life we can relate to such as her feelings for a new boy at school, but then she also has to be there for her brother as she's the only person who knows about her.

I really enjoyed Luna because I thought Luna's story was dealt with well, especially through the use of flashbacks which showed how Luna was always trying to break free from Liam. I thought it was well-written, and also the right length and I look forward to reading more novels by Julie Anne Peters in the future.

Favourite scene
When Ally, Liam's best friend, comes to their house to play video-games after being told about Luna. I especially liked this scene because although she was wary at the beginning, Ally was able to accept that her best friend was a girl inside (and soon outside, too) and able to act the same around her, even though she thought she was in love with Liam. So it was great that Luna was starting to be accepted by the people closest to her. And that's what's matters the most- being accepted by the people you care about.

Favourite character
Definitely Regan because she was so strong, being there for Luna, lending her clothes, allowing her to change and put on makeup in the must have been so hard for her to accept it, especially since Liam was her brother and she was so busy helping him, that she didn't have very many friends. She was very self-sacrificing which is a very admirable trait.

Rating: 5/5

1 comment:

  1. I really liked this book too -- my daughter and I read it about a year ago. You are a terrific writer. I am glad I'm following so I can read more of your reviews. ;-)