Luna

Luna

by Julie Anne Peters
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Luna by Julie Anne Peters

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 reveals herself only at night. For years, Liam has transformed himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be with help from his sister's clothes and makeup in the secrecy of their basement bedrooms. 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 a groundbreaking novel about a transgender teen's struggle for self-identity and acceptance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316733694
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/12/2004
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

National Book Award Finalist Julie Anne Peters is the critically acclaimed author of Define "Normal," Between Mom and Jo, Far from Xanadu, and Between Mom and Jo.

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Luna 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
beautifulnightmare More than 1 year ago
"I love her, she's my brother." Luna is a fantastic novel that touched my soul. After reading the story of a boy named Liam whose only wish is to have the body of a girl. I was filled with awe, respect and a unique kind of love for trans-gendered people. Luna is told from Regan's perspective, (Liam's sister) the only person that knows who Liam truly is on the inside. Regan shared her heart shattering experiences with Liam, or should I say Luna? Luna is the name Liam chose for the girl he really is. This book is one of the very few that brought tears to my eyes. I cried for sorrow, for joy, excitement, justice and so much more. It shows the depth, loneliness and depression transsexuals often go through. In a society full of closed minds, unacepting parents and peers, transsexual people are very likely to like a lie! Pretending to be somebody your not, is that living? To me its not. Its no wonder these people live in fear every single day. Even when they want to express themselves to their families, to the world by dressing the way they feel on the inside. A shadow of fear will follow them everywhere they go. A fear of not being accepted, being judged or even being physically and verbally harassed. Bruises will heal but words will leave a scar for life. This novel also got me thinking, what if I had a boy's body when I know Im a girl! How would I cope with that? How would you? People are always saying, "It's the inside that counts" If this is true, then what makes it so hard to accept somebody that's different from us? This book also made me realize a huge difference between gays and transsexuals that many people don't understand. Transsexuals are not attracted to their same sex; it only seems that way because we forget that they are stuck in the body of the opposite sex. They don't choose to be trans, just like we don't choose who our parents are or what our hair color is. On the other hand, gays are attracted to the same sex, and some people are even born being gay; others choose to be gay as a lifestyle but gays and trans have something in common; they both deserve respect, just like you and I. To conclude this, Luna is an intriguing masterpiece about a girl stuck in the body of a boy with a bittersweet ending. Luna leaves you satisfied, but craving for more at the same time. I believe that everybody should read this mind-opening novel.
Ashlee McGinnis More than 1 year ago
i loved almost everything about the book but the constant dramatic smashes to the face and abrupted ending stopped me from truely loving everything. I dont regret buying and reading this book, infact i have recommended it to friends, i just wish there was a sequel or something to give a little more to the story. 3-4 stars all in all.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
LUNA is the first book I've ever read that deals specifically with transgender issues. Although you get a feel for what the book is about by reading the back copy--in effect, that Regan's brother, Liam, is a woman trapped in a man's body--you don't get the full spectrum of what this actually means until you reach the end of chapter one.

"Rolling over, I muttered, 'You're such a freakshow.' Her hair splayed across my pillow, tickling my face. 'I know,' she murmured in my ear. 'But you love me, don't you?' Her lips grazed my cheek. I swatted her away. As I heard her slog across the floor toward my desk--where she'd unveiled her makeup caddy in all its glory--a sigh of resignation escaped my lips. Yeah, I loved her. I couldn't help it. She was my brother."

Liam is the type of boy who, even as a small child, wanted to by the Mommy when he and Regan played house. For his ninth birthday, he asked for a Prom Barbie and a bra. Now, as a senior in high school, Liam is consumed with letting out Luna, the name he's taken for his female self. His dad, of course, is adamant that his son will finally play baseball. His mother, lost in a world of uppers and downers, pretends not to notice when her son offers to fix dinner or do the laundry. And Regan, the only one who knows her brother for who he is--a sister named Luna--is losing sleep and a chance for her own life by hiding the secret.

Something has to change, and it finally does when Luna decides to go all the way, to actually become Luna, the woman he knows he is. But what will it mean for his family, especially Regan, who has spent so long loving her brother, protecting his secrets, being a part of his life? It might just be time for Regan to have a childhood of her own, and for Luna to come out of the darkness, out of the shadow of the moon, and into the light.

LUNA is an emotional, heartfelt read that deftly deals with the issue of transgenderism in a way that makes it believable and important. I had never really thought of what it must be like for someone who believes they were born with the wrong body, but after reading LUNA, my heart and support goes out to anyone who has ever suffered with this issue. This is a book not to be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished Luna. I spent a couple of weeks reading a chapter at a time. Then, I spent 10 hours reading that last 2/3 of the book! POWERFUL. As a TRANSGENDERED PERSON, I can Relate! Emotional, Personal, Real-life story & Wonderful-Sacrifice of Regan, Sister-Supporting in a world that DONESN'T- UNDERSTAND what's it's like to live in a body that doesn't match your True-Inner-Self! I am a mid-age adult, male body that felt like a girl since 12 and everything I've tried to 'Get-rid-of-it'...it keeps comming up. Why?? Societal-Pressures! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK from teenage- thru Adult! Powerful Loving Story of a Sister that 'Sacrifices-her-life' for her-brother to be 'Herself!' I Honer-her-for-that!!!! Once you start to read, you just CAN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN!! A~MUST~READ!! It's SOOOOOOO AWESOME, Sensitive & Human!
Juggalocoroni More than 1 year ago
Before I started reading Luna, I was unsure of how I would react to the plot. I had never read about transgenders, but I was opened minded. As I read Luna, I started to become a little attached to her because I felt really bad for her. Liam was shy and embarrassed, but Luna was exotic and bright. They were battling inside one body. Luna was winning, thankfully. This book wasn't the best, but it was an interesting story about a transgender trying to find themself.
Pamela_loves_her_nook More than 1 year ago
This book was so good, I felt a different range of emotions for each character and I just couldn't put it down. It explores Regan's relationship with her brother/sister to her love life (or lack there of) to even how unconnected she is with her own parents. I found myself dabbing at my eyes from time to time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Luna is an amazing novel and a very easy read. It is one of those books you just do not want to put down. I would not recommend this novel for audiences younger than a high school student because I think the book was written for a mature audience. I enjoyed reading Luna because it was about a topic that is very rarely written or talked about, transgender. Before reading this novel, I knew basically nothing about transgender. I think lots of people are uneducated about it. Lots of people confuse transgender with homosexuality, which is a completely different thing. Transgender people are trapped in the wrong body, whereas, homosexuals are happy with the gender they were born with, but they just happen to be attracted to the same sex. I like how Luna is written from the point of view of Regan, the sister of a transgender boy. I like how the novel showed not only the struggles of Liam/Luna, the transgender boy, but also of the struggles that Regan went through being the only one Liam/Luna could go to when he/she needed help. Regan being there for Liam/Luna made Luna feel like she was not alone in this world. Regan saved Luna many times from doing some drastic things, like committing suicide. One struggle that Regan deals with is finding her own identity. She is always concerned about Liam/Luna and his problems, so she does not have a life of her own. Everything she does revolves around Liam/Luna and his/her plans. By the end of the novel, Regan realizes that she needs to start living her own life. I think this book is very inspirational for other transgender people. I feel like it might help them to have the courage to finally become the person they truly are, or at least tell another person about their struggles, so they do not have to go through it alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Luna written by Julie Ann Peters is a book with a subject that most teen have never read about, transgender. The book focuses around Regan a fifteen year old girl who has a lot on her plate, she has a mean chemistry teacher who holds her up to her genus brother, trying not to act stupid around her oh so cute chemistry partner, her popping pills mom, and her macho man dad. But on top of all this her brother wakes her up almost every night to transform into Luna 'his chosen name' by putting on wigs and women¿s clothing from thrift stores. Since his mother is never home to notice and his dad is always pushing him to be more of a man Luna remains secret only to Regan and Liam. Regan does her best to be supportive even putting her own life on hold to take care of Liam/ Luna. But now Luna is growing restless and is ready to break out. Everyday it becomes harder and harder to keep Luna a secret from the world. And the outing of this secret is enough to wreck both of their lives. Luna is a book best saved for 13-16 year old girls since the subject matter is a little much or too hard to comprehend. The story is told in many flashbacks that give us insights to how Liam was always trying to be a girl, while also telling how their family fell apart. In my opinion is a engrossing read that is new and exciting, many times you take a pause a think about the characters and the decisions they made. The book preaches understanding along with acceptance that many readers will be able to relate to. That is why I give it five out of five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teenaged transgendered male to female, I think that Julie Anne Peters did a phenomenal job portraying the struggle of the transgendered teenager. I found myself relating to Luna's character immensely and was so moved that I cried at different times in the story. This book is perfect for anyone who doesn't understand transsexuality and wants to know more about it, or anyone who needs a great book to laugh and cry to.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A tall muscular orange tabby tom padded in. His clear green eyes swept the clearing. "May i join?" He asked, his voice deep and velvety.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
K. What the email address that your nook account is connected to? You can check by going to settings and going to nook info nd see the email. Then tell it to me but put random spaces so you don't get locked out. Make sure it has at least 4 spaces ~Luna
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was nighttime in pineclan and a cream colored shecat walked to the dirtplace and slipped through the dirtplace tunnel . The queen padded along a stream and sat by a pine tree to rest. She heard a rustle of leaves and saw a black tom with bright green eyes. She gasped with delight as she entwined her tail around his and said, " my love i have something to tell you.." "what is it lillyshine?" Said the tom with a concerned look across his face. Lillyshine's brilliant purplish blue sparkled as she replied " im going to have your kits in a half moon!" The tom's eyes widened in satisfied shock as he mewed "our kits will be beautiful!" The tom's warm gaze didn't last long as he whispered "oh no..." when he saw a band of rogues burst into the clearing. "There you are dragon! We've been looking for you!" Smirked the dusty brown tom with amber in the lead of the group. A small old misty grey shecat with angry blue eyes padded up beside the brown tom and exclaimed "dragon your brain must be made of thistledown if you thought we wouldn't have noticed your little nighttime trips.." " venom! Viper! Leave lillyshine and i alone!" Said dragon as he shielded lillyshine from the intruders. " you can redeem our trust if your mate serves us after she has her kits." Venom sneered. " no! I couldn't do that!" Screeched dragon. " dragon, let me do this for you." Mewed lillyshine quietly. " why!!?" Meowed dragon. "Because... because i love you." Mewed lillyshine with tears streaming down her face. "Looks like this is settled. Lillyshine, you're coming with us." Said venom triumphantly. (Thanks for reading this! If you have any character applications feel free to suggest them!) -obibunkenobi11
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Here"
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She froze the ground and Kai walked in and sliped
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fight if you must.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*A dark silver tabby with black stripes pads in.* Hello. Can I join your Clan. I hope to help it never fade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dipped her head and bounded into the night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The golden eyes blink calmly. "I am Goldthunder. I am the omen which announces evil intentions." The cat steps out of the shadows. "But this time, I warn not of a raid. I warn you of evil within. A certain cat within this Clan wishes to corrupt you all by taking leadership tonight and turning Iceclan into an evil clan. This cat, Blueheart, was conspiring with Ethereal about such matters. Do not allow your Clan to follow in Ethereal's footsteps. Good luck." Goldthunder vanishes once again into the shadows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A small bobcat-like cat approached the camp, her pelt littered with herbs. "Hello," she meowed, dipping her head. "I am Junebug, medicine cat of Thunderclan. I wanted to offer my assistance with your injured." She meowed, her emerald eyes scanning the clearing. Many thoughts rinning through her head, but she refused to let them ashen her mood. ``Junebug
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads out to go hunting." Be back later." He mews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What clan is this?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He pins a golden leaf to the ground.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sorry guys I won't be on for the weekend I have a fever or the flu and I don't feel like moving. So i wont be on much srry)) tell silverclaw i give her make-up lessons when Im better