Book Review: Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Peters, Julie Anne. Luna. New York : Little, Brown, 2004.
“Yeah, I loved her. I couldn’t help it. She was my brother.”
Regan has no life. Her mother is emotionally distant and resentful of her family. Her father is frustrated and unable to connect with Regan or her brother Liam. Liam is struggling to make sense of himself and the world around him as he comes to terms with the fact that in order to deal with his life he needs to transition into the gender that he really is inside. Regan is frustrated with always setting aside her own life to take care of Liam, from letting him dress in her room to buying clothes and going on outings with Luna and protecting her from people who might try to hurt her.
The book is rough and very raw. It puts the reader into the shoes of a family member who isn’t quite sure what to make of a transgendered sibling, a position that forces the reader to evaluate what they might think or feel if they were in the same situation. Some parts of the book made me laugh, other parts made me cry, but the most important and telling parts of the book were where the story made me feel slightly uncomfortable and forced me to consider things I might otherwise not have considered. How do you decide what to do when it’s someone in your family?
Source: Booklist (review of Parrotfish)
Related Book: Wittlinger, Ellen. Parrotfish. New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2007.