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.
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Was too much vocal attitude
Not a homage to the LGBT community, but worth read
Brian Katcher's Almost Perfect, but this one is FAR better.
Warning: minor spoilers.
Back in the 70's, the gay novels were the controversial ones, usually with sad endings up to the MC commiting suicide. Nowadays, the transgender novels are the contoversial ones, where the TG character is the one whom nobody understands and whom struggles to find his/her identity. Both in the 70's novels and in the present days ones, there's an acceptance and tolerance message towards the gay/transgender character that is contrasted with other characters' lack of understanding. It's implied that the TG character has the right to "transition" (as mentioned in this novel) and the rest of the world has to accept his/her decision as if it were everyday stuff, like changing socks. Whether the rest of the world has a vision and values that openly crash with being transgender or even gay (e.g. many religions are openly against homosexuality, not to say transgender people) it doesn't matters. The TG characters have the divine right to do their transition.
Luna/Liam, an obsessed 17 yo boy-transitioning-to-girl teenager, is a very selfish character who only thinks in herself. According to her, she's a girl in the wrong body and everybody else must accept it not mattering what they think. Not mattering whether the situation is driving her mother nuts up to the point that her mother needs to take pills. Not mattering whether her father is incapable of understanding her--mainly because she never comes clean explaining him what the hell is going on. Not mattering whether her sister is permanently stressed and even lacks sleep because every night she goes into her sister's room to dress like a girl.
Luna is so obsessed with transitioning that she is incapable of thinking in her family and friends. In the end, she destroys her family (it's not explained, but after the way in which the novel ends, I would expect her parents to divorce), she hurts her best friend (a girl who was actually in love with Liam in his masculine form), and she deeply hurts her sister and novel-narrator Reagan.
Is the novel worth reading? It certainly is! Don't expect a homage to the LGBT comunity, but a rough account of how being TG affects other people. Yes, nowadays it's politically correct to be in favour of gays and TGs, except that there are many people that because of their religious or personal values cannot accept the idea, and even get deeply hurt when a relation openly accepts his/her gay/TG state. The fashions is to cry that acceptance must be excersised. However, inmersed in this acceptance-overall politicaly-correct fashion, nobody stops to think how difficult acceptance may be. Whether being gay or TG is good or bad, I don't know. What I know is that accepting gays or TG is very difficult for many people, and even more if deep religious beliefs are in between.
This novels presents the struggle of those people closely related to a TG person. Also, how selfish the TG person can be, inmersed in her/his idea which turns in his/her exclusive goal. It's not like Wendy Darling saif, that Reagan is selfish, but on te contrary. This is a very well narrated story that shows that there should be tolerance and understanding... from both sides.
- Mariana Reuter "Gacela"