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Almost Perfect Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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Top Customer Reviews
I could write an essay about this book, what it meant to me, and how I feel about it. I loved it and I hated it. I was afraid to read another chapter, and I never wanted it to end. My head wants me to wrap Brian Katcher in my arms and thank him for such an amazing story, even as my heart wants me to pound on his chest and demand that he rewrite the ending.
I fell in love with these characters - Logan as much as Sage, to my surprise - and didn't want to let them go . . . especially not like that.
Ultimately, this could just as easily been a story about racial, religious, or cultural identity. The elements of the story could have worked with any other struggle at the heart, but I dare say the book would not have been as powerful (or nearly so interesting). Through the question of Sage's gender identity we also get to explore questions of sexual identity/orientation, particularly with Logan, who struggles with what it means to love a girl who used to be (and, from a purely biological standpoint, still is) a boy.
Brian Katcher's novel is as brave as it is bold, and he's to be applauded as much for his choice of subject, as for his talents as a story teller.
I don't mean to indicate that this was strictly an "issue" book, and I don't want to spoil any of the plot by talking specifics. Above all, this is a good story. It was well plotted and although I initially had problems really believing Logan's character, the author developed him so skillfully throughout the book that by the end I felt like I truly knew him. I will remember Sage and Logan for a good while and look forward to telling others about this book. I would recommend this to anyone 16 or older who enjoys a good romance and is willing to look at things with a non judgemental eye. A big recommend - and thanks to the author for a great, realistic ending. You didn't cop out when the going got tough.
Let me just say that I loved this wondrous, gut-wrenching, thought-provoking book (and still can't stop thinking about it).
Please, please, please read it.
I would recommend giving this book to high school age straight boys, lesbians, and bisexual folks, who will most likely be able to connect with Logan's feelings on Sage. I would be wary about how quickly I would hand this book to somebody struggling with transsexuality in themselves as Sage does endure quite a bit of incredible emotional and physical pain throughout the novel. This left me feeling pretty sad for the character for about a day or so before I realized that this was what was best for her. If they can handle a day of sadness, it is worth the happy realization that comes later.
I've always wondered what happens to these kids as they go into middle school and then high school -- are they out, or still in the closet. Are they dating, and what complications does that bring?
This story concerns the latter -- a transgender girl (MTF), Sage, who is starting at a new school, and a boy, Logan, who is sometimes her friend and sometimes her boyfriend.
This is not a feel good book. Much of the time it will make you mad and lots of time it will make you sad. There are a few upbeat moments but they are rare. There are times you will want to yell at one or both main characters, "DON'T DO THIS!" but your warning will go unheeded and things fall apart.
Unlike a sitcom, things don't get all tidied up nicely in the end.
This is the first transgender coming of age story I've read and one I won't forget.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book reads like a classic YA book with flawed characters. I highly recommend. This isn't the sort of book I usually read, but it held my attention like the best of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Welch
A sensitive and realistic depiction of adolescence, transgender issues and the conservative American Midwest.Published 2 months ago by Daniel P. Lebson
I read this shortly after reading "Love in Transistion" and I must say it did not end the way I thought it would. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lessa Benden
I liked how it tells how trans people have feelings too and they need the Logans and Tammis in their life to be acceptedPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you've got as far as reading the comments, you don't need to read any further. Buy the book, you won't regret it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed this book. Read it years ago. I still remember the part where Logan says that in the small town he lives, he sometimes goes to the local McDonald's. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Professor May
very good view of trans character and how an average guy reacts to her. It's sad. More so that it really isn't a happy ending, but it's a really good insight.Published 10 months ago by Melissa
Coming from a teen who's always been questioning, this book is simply extraordinary in the way it deals with this subject matter. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer