Luna by Julie Anne PetersLuna by Julie Anne Peters


byJulie Anne PetersAs told byJulie Anne Peters

Paperback | February 1, 2006

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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.
National Book Award Finalist Julie Anne Peters is the critically acclaimed author ofDefine "Normal,"Between Mom and Jo, Far from Xanadu, andBetween Mom and Jo.
Title:LunaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:February 1, 2006Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316011274

ISBN - 13:9780316011273

Appropriate for ages: 15


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful I read this book at an age when I hadn't been introduced to the concept of transgenderism much yet, it deals with the subject well.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Love this book, the author has a great style and it's an easy read. A very relatable book.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad but Accurate I liked how this book was through the eyes of Luna's sister because as a trans person myself it is helpful to see inside the heads of the loved ones of trans people. If you have no knowledge of trans people than I can see how this book could get a little confusing because it tends to treat Liam/Luna as two different people. This book is a bit heartbreaking to read but it is worth it in the end.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Right On The Line I was actually confused majority throughout the book, but it did help that I had to read within a day to return it to my friend. I liked the idea because I thought it would be more mystical and fantasy-esque, but really it's more of a character struggling story. And I do not like those a lot. I will give a round of applause because sexual orientation is a hard topic to talk about, let alone write a story about. I rarely go for stories with topics like this, but the idea was intriguing and I just had to give it a try. I did enjoy the characters and their development throughout the story. I honestly felt super bad for Liam/Luna. It was a gruesome thing to read, so imagining having to experience his/her life must be a whole lot worse. There were times during the novel that I felt so bad that I couldn't go on, but I had to continue to see what happened to Liam/Luna. The parts of the novel that I did not enjoy were the fact that it was talking about transgenders. It's a great concept, but from the very beginning I did not know what was going on with Liam/Luna. It could help that I'm not that knowledgable about transgenders, but it should have been explained more in the novel. What is the point of writing a story like this if you don't explain to those who don't know much about it? Isn't the purpose of the novel to inform readers about what's going on when it comes to sexual orientation? What I conclude from the book is that Liam is a guy who really wants to be a girl, therefore dressing up as a girl. So in my mind, I just picture this as a guy dressing up as a girl which would explain how Liam got a few stares when he was Luna. I would say if you enjoy character development novels, then this would a great novel to read. Not as your first though, because you have to really enjoy these types of books to understand what's going on. Also, it might not help if the first character development book you read is about topic like this. Quite complicated to understand if you're not 100% comfortable with it.
Date published: 2012-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Luna I loved this book. it was so realistic, and beautiful. I wasnt against Transgenders or anything like that before, but you will be even more acceptful of them after reading this book. It truly touches base with Transgenders thoughts!! And I loved how His sister was telling the store. So you didnt just touch base with The transgender way of life, but how they can affect other ppls lives. I love the flashbacks they were enteresting!!
Date published: 2010-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read Luna was amazing. Regan is so realistic that you have to feel for her and you truly feel bad for Liam as well. I can almost guarentee that whatever you felt towards transgenders before you read this book will change by the end of it. The flashbacks are really interesting. When I was reading this book, I could not put it down and finished it within a day. Read it, you'll love it!
Date published: 2008-05-12

Editorial Reviews

Awards for LunaNational Book Award FinalistAn ALA Best Book for Young Adults A Stonewall Honor BookA Lambda Literary Award FinalistA Book Sense Summer Reading Book for TeensPraise for Luna*"Groundbreaking, finely tuned realism about a transsexual teen. . . .Peters writes her characters with care and complexity."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A thoughtful novel about a brilliant, determined, transgendered teenager. . . Liam/Luna is an affecting character."-The New York Times"This novel breaks new ground in YA literature with a sensitive and poignant portrayal of a young man's determination to live his true identity and his family's struggle to accept Luna for who she really is." - School Library Journal