Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Written by: Julie Anne Peters

First line: It was the feel of her presence in my room that woke me--again.

Why you should read this book: Ever since she was little, Regan's known that her genius brother Liam was actually her sister Lia, but no one else in the world seems to understand this (including their parents, who force rigid gender roles on the kids) and Regan feels, very strongly, that Lia's only safe if she stays hidden during the day, only making appearances in her room at night when no one knows. Now Liam's announced that she's definitely a girl, and her name is Luna, and she can't keep pretending, so she's going to come out to their parents, their friends, and the entire world; Regan can't protect her anymore, and can't relax long enough to have any normal high school experiences either. This well-told story is a nice resource for those looking for an accessible way into to learning about gender dysphoria issues or the experiences that lead up to the decision to transition.

Why you shouldn't read this book: The story is from Regan's point of view, and ends up being more about her fear and embarrassment over Luna's transition than Luna's perspectives and feelings.

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