Thursday, April 12, 2012
Review: Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Source: Personal Copy
Regan is fifteen years old, and her life is consumed with her brother. She loves him with all her heart, and wants what’s best for him but his decisions ultimately affect her life. She always seems to be running damage control. He’s always on her mind, and she worried about him. Regan accepts and acknowledges what everyone else refuses to see, her brother is really her sister- he’s transgender. Liam’s wants to become Luna, deep down, he really is Luna. The problem is their parents refuse to see the truth. Liam tries to be the son his father wants, but it breaks him down and he wants to transition. Regan doesn’t know how she can be the only one to see the truth.
Julia Anne Peters did a great job portraying both Luna and Regan. For as long as Regan can remember her brother has always showed signs of who he really is. Birthday parties consisted of girl friends and no boys. Liam asked his mother for a bra and was disappointed with a basketball. Regan feels bad for being the daughter that Luna would love to be. She worried what the future holds for Liam as he transitions to Luna. She’s his rock, and tries to comfort him.
I thought the emotions and situations were very well written. Liam and Regan’s parents were believable, their mother had an unspoken truth and their father wants desperately for Liam to communicate with him. Unfortunately, he doesn’t want to hear what Liam really wants to tell him. I get the impression he would rather his son be gay, than transgender.
I would really recommend this one for anyone curious about transgender teens. I thought it was very well written and honest. I’m glad that I took the time to read this one. It really makes you think. This book really demonstrated that to grow up transgender is difficult, but having a trans sibling can be just as hard. Regan is constantly covering up for Liam, and worrying about him. She worries about herself and what will people think about her.