Luna by Julie Anne Peters

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Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Peters, Julie Anne. Luna. Little, Brown, 2006. ISBN 978-0316011273 256 pp. $10.99

*****

I am a big supporter of LGBTQIA+ people and the issues important to them, but I never really knew much about transgendered people. After reading the book Luna by Julie Anne Peters, I can say that I have a much better understanding, and an enormous amount of sympathy for people who’s physical and mental sexes do not match. Luna is about a high school senior named Liam who feels he is a girl born in a boy’s body. His female manifestation is Luna, someone that only his younger sister, Regan, has met.

Regan has known the truth about Luna/Liam for a long time, and accepts and loves him/her for the person inside, who happens to be brilliant and beautiful. Regan has spent her whole life protecting and worrying about Luna/Liam, and gets freaked when Luna decides to start going public with the truth. It is a wrenching read; the anguish Liam feels over being in the wrong body is palpable. But it was really well done, and a very important and groundbreaking book. Highly recommended from this end.

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