Monday, August 30, 2010

Book Review: Luna by Julie Anne Peters

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Title: Luna

Author: Julie Anne Peters

Publisher: Little, Brown

Pages: 248

Summary: For years, Regan's brother Liam has been nursing a secret. By day, he is Liam, a passably typical boy of his age; at night, he transforms himself into Luna, his true, female self. Regan loves and supports her brother and she keeps his Liam/Luna secret. Things change, though, when Luna decides to emerge from her cocoon. She begins dressing like a girl in public; first at the mall; then at school; then at home. Regan worries that her brother's transgender identity is threatening her own slippery hold on normalcy. This serious, powerful teen novel was a National Book Award finalist for Young People's Literature

Overall: 

Five-Star

Review:

The story Luna is one of those books were when you are finished you’re just like ‘Wow’. I love Julie Anne Peters and her writing and her bravery to venture on writing on topics many authors would be hesitant to. I love her honestly and true emotion she shows through her writing and Luna just enhances my love for her.

Luna. She is a unique character. A girl trapped inside a boy’s body fighting to be set free, to be the person she was meant to be. We see the growth and struggle Luna goes through through the eyes of her little sister, Regan. Regan is a character I very much enjoyed. She felt so real. I could relate to her and she could be like any other girl that passes by me. Though she’s not. She has to carry the burden of the dark secret her brother has. The fact that he’s not actually her brother, but her sister.

The struggle that Luna went through really tugged at my heart. Can you imagine trying to be someone you’re not just because that’s what expected of you? That was the battle that Luna had to fit throughout the whole book. During the day she was Liam, the hollow boy, playing a part in the world she was expected to, and at night Luna came out, showing her true self.

Regan had to bare much of the troubles that Luna had to too. She helped keep Luna’s secret and then she helped her become the person she needed to be. I really loved Luna. Even through she went through times where she just wanted to give up, her determination and strength was inspiring.

By the end of the novel I felt like was reading about a different person than I did starting it. We see the transition Luna had made from hiding who she was to showing the world they can’t stop her. NOTHING would stop her from being who she felt she was.

Never judge from what you see on the outside.

Luna is a book that should set an example for literature today. There are many things about people we as a person many not understand and Luna allows us into the life and struggle of a transgender. It helps us understand a bit of what they are going through. It actually disgust me to know they go through this, but they do, and I’m grateful for Ms. Peters for writing it.

**Please note that Luna was born a boy but is a girl inside. She likes to be addressed as Luna and I will respect her wishes. Sorry if there was any confusion. Liam = Luna, but they are two different people.**

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You can purchase Luna HERE

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3 comments:

Melissa said...

I've never heard of this one, but it sounds beautiful and really well-written. Great review! :)

Hallie Tibbetts said...

I've been meaning to read this for years, and now I'm really looking forward to it!

brave chickens said...

I've read 'By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead'. when I first picked it up, I didn't think I would enjoy it much. However, I read it so quickly and could relate to all the characters. She has a very powerful voice :)

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