Luna by Julie Anne Peters


A groundbreaking novel about a transgender teen, selected as a National Book Award Finalist! Regan's brother Liam can't stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female name, 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 cha...

Details Luna

Release DateFeb 1st, 2006
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Fiction, Glbt, Queer

Reviews Luna

  • Wendy Darling
    Clearly, it's important that books like this are written, not only so that teens who are transgender have a voice in young adult literature, but also so that our society as a whole has a chance to better understand gender identity and gender expression. Regan's older brother Liam has always felt as if he was different. Through the years, he's been closer to her female friends than any guy his own age, and he's always been interested in typically ...
  • Brooke
    Hmm. Well, I'm glad this book was written because there certainly could be more books for and about the trans community. I did have some issues with this book, however. Some thoughts and some questions.It was interesting how the mother and father had non-traditional roles (him not working,her working). Im not sure if this was necessary though or really served the plot in any way. There is this theme or at least a few scenes in which Liam is paint...
  • saadia k
    This book got under my skin in a big way.For starters, all characters in this novel felt flat to me -- all stereotype and caricature; no real depth. In short, they were unlikable because there was nothing earnestly human about them -- their imperfections were forced rather than fluid (Regan's self-deprication, for example) and their conflicts were heavy-handed. Liam/Luna is portrayed as an object in this novel, nothing more, and is extreeeeemely ...
  • Andrew
    I think this review here sums up how I'm truly feeling.But here's my "review":Please do not call this a trans book.This story is told from the view point of Luna's sister, a cisgender girl. Her thoughts, her feelings, all of her is what we really see, not Luna's and is therefore not about the trans person and is not a "trans story".The constant misgendering from the summary alone makes me boil.Reading through other people's reviews of this story,...
  • Alex Farrand
    So, I bought this book when I was in college for, I believe, a book report. Yes, a book report about inequality. I think it was for a science/medical ethics class. I choose a different book and left this on my shelf to read eventually. Well this week is the week I finally read it. Luna is about Liam, 17/18 year old male, transitioning into Luna. The book was narrated by her sister, Regan.Well, I think this book would be perfect for 6th graders wh...
  • Hannah Lozier
    Although Luna is a well-written book on a topic that demands more wide-spread exploration, its narrative ultimately promotes the "wrongness" and/or "otherness" of trans characters by focusing on a cis hetero (and ultimately much less interesting) main character.Luna is one of those books I read a long time ago -- long enough that I can't, in good conscience, review the prose, because I don't remember it... though, perhaps that is telling in and o...
  • Sarah
    Overall I did really like this book. There were a few things that could have been better but it was good. Firstly, I thought this book was interesting and it kept my attention throughout. This book is really simple in terms of language, story and writing style and that simplicity had its pros and cons. A pro was the fact that it was so simple that it was really easy to understand and I think that is good because younger readers can grasp everythi...
  • Amy
    This book is an amazing step forward in YA literature. Other reviewers have given you the premise of the plot, I just wanted to add that I thought it was BRILLIANT that it was told from the sister's point of view. Within the largely conservative area I live in, not a lot of people would be interested in this book had it been told from Liam/Luna's point of view. But as it comes from the sister, it's a safe vantage. It's the perfect vehicle for int...
  • Caitlin
    This book sort of bothered me in many ways. It wasn’t because it dealt with transgender issues; I was pretty excited to read a book about a trans* teen especially since I haven’t seen or read a lot of YA literature that dealt with that. It was more because of the way it was handled.Peters is a believer of authentic voices, so she portrayed the narrator as the sister of Luna - a 16 year old boy, Liam, who is struggling with keeping her true id...
  • Jennifer Wardrip
    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.comLUNA 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 acros...
  • Wart Hill
    DNF at 47%.When I first started this book, I thought I would like it. I was disappointed that the book wasn't from Luna's point of view, but I thought maybe it would be a good book to get my family members, maybe reading about Regan's journey of discovery with regards to her sister would help them.Except then Regan turned out to be a brat.She keeps talking about how she has no life because of Luna, but honestly all I see is a spoiled brat who can...
  • Emily Ann
    My 5 star rating may be a little misleading.In a [future?] world where hundreds of great lit (YA and otherwise) is written with trans characters, where trans people feel less silenced and less invisible, I think this is a really great book.In the current reality, I have some problems with this book. They mostly are about silencing the trans voice by giving control of the narrative to the trans character's cis-gendered sister.I think it made the s...
  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review can also be found here!DNF at 20%TW: transphobia, misgendering, deadnaming, and others since I DNFed itWow was this reread problematic.But let’s backtrack.When I was a young transman, still figuring out what the fuck that meant for me, I read this book. Along with a few others. But this one really stood out for me because I remember enjoying it. And it helped me ground myself in basic details.But rereading it?Nope. Just… nope.Firs...
  • Arlene
    Luna, by Julie Ann Peters, is an exceptional book. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars as it pushes the boundaries of YA literature to unchartered territory and does it so flawlessly. This is like no other book I’ve ever read, and one that will stay on my mind for quite some time. It was beautifully written, with perfectly developed characters that were wrapped around a subject matter that got me to rethink how I feel about topics not comm...
  • K
    I am so glad this book exists! While working in a public library a few years back, I came across Luna, and have recommended it a hundred times over ever since. It is one of the few young adult books I have seen so far that addresses the reality/experience of transgender teens, which has been needed for years! (Before this book, it was the Francesca Lia Block books that I would love for addressing queer youth experience. They are classics and addr...
  • Kristen
    3/5 stars“Like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, I thought. An exquisite and delicate creature, unfolding her wings and flying away. Except in Luna’s case, the butterfly is forced to rein in her wings and reinsert herself into the cocoon every day. Every single day, she has to become a shell of a person.” The Skinny:This is the story of a young man, Liam; a boy on the outside, yet a girl on the inside. By night, Liam is Luna, a girl w...
  • Emma Getchell
    I read this book back in sixth grade. But I still remember the impact it had on me. By the end of this book, all I wanted was another book continuing life for her. I hadn't really ever put much thought into people that were born feeling like they should be someone else. It just never really crossed my mind. This book opened my eyes up to a whole new world. I was able to get a better understanding, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone w...
  • Jess
    I cried and cried while I read this book. But don't read it unless you are ready to think hard about some tough issues and stereotypes.
  • Giovanna
    Recommended and sent by Lys. And then she dares deny she's puccia. Anyway, this was both cute and meaningful. And well, sad and frustrating and all the FEELS. I do not know if I can write an english review in this case. I'll try my best.Liam is a girl. He has always felt like a girl and he's been hiding the real him (or her, really) for all his life. The only one who knows about Luna, Liam's true self, is her sister, Regan.I don't know how realis...
  • yt_rhi
    THIS BOOK WAS GREAT. SUPERB, WARMING, CRY WORTHY. NOT A WASTE OF PRECIOUS TEAR DROPPING IN THIS STORY. OKAY? OKAY! So this transgender transition book was so SO just, everything. I read it over the weekend and I want to marry it and take it to Vegas. I don't even want to marry people, thats how great this book is. there better be another book, If not I will kill someone.
  • Miranda
    This book is getting really good. Luna wants to tell he's parents that he is a girl. Thats what he wants to be. No a man but a woman.
  • Desty
    Regan sering terbangun tengah malam. Tepatnya dibangunkan oleh kakaknya, Liam. Malam ini Liam membangunkannya untuk memberitahukan bahwa dirinya sudah menemukan nama baru. Luna. Seperti bulan yang hanya terlihat di malam hari. Demikian pula dengan Luna, yang hanya bisa menjadi dirinya di malam hari.Sudah lama Liam merasakan bahwa dirinya adalah seorang perempuan, yang terlahir di dalam tubuh laki-laki. Hanya Regan yang tahu tentang status transge...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    Julie Ann Peters’s LUNA, published in 2004, was one of the first stories about a teenager transitioning.Liam is transitioning from his assigned gender to her real identity as Luna. Only her younger sister Regan knows. Regan tells the story of her brother’s transformation, suicidal feelings, eagerness to live authentically, bullying and parental gender expectations. Regan risks everything to support her brother (she uses brother and sister/he ...
  • Steph
    Luna was born Liam. When we meet him, he's a high school senior, but he's known he is a girl trapped in a boy's body since he was much younger. When Liam was nine years old, he asked his mom for a Barbie and a bra. Then, at his party, he couldn't understand why, after having given the list to his mom, he didn't get the presents.His younger sister, Regan, is the only other person who knows his secret. The secret doesn't just weigh heavily on Liam...
  • Hallie
    I really, really wanted to like this book because there is not enough (massive understatement) positive representation of transgender characters in YA fiction. But the narrator took over the book and made it about herself, not about her trans sibling Liam/Luna. I don't know what the intent there was - probably to show the internal struggle one would have to go through to accept a trans family member. But she ricocheted between juvenile self-invol...
  • Helena Miller
    This was a National Book Award finalist and I can see why. In many ways, it's a typical young adult novel with a girl struggling with her family, her brother, and a new love interest. The love-interest part was cute but fairly typical. The fact that her brother, however, is transgender (he was born physically a boy but feels like a girl on the inside) is NOT typical of YA literature and adds incredible complexity. I think the author realistically...
  • Kjersti
    If it wasn't for the whole transgender issue this would have been such a snore fest. In fact, Regan's love affair with Chris reminded me of all the Babysitters' Club books I used to read when I was eleven; clichéd, clumsy and over-the-top "funny". Peters' writing is nothing to get excited about and Luna/Liam comes across as a flaky character who can't help herself and must. cross-dress. at. all. times. Transgender teens (and adults, for that mat...
  • Angigames
    Sinceramente sono enormemente delusa da questa lettura.Visto il tema trattato mi aspettavo molto di più.Solitamente i temi “scottanti” quando vengono riportati su carta, riescono a creare una certa sinergia tra il lettore e la storia raccontata, i suoi personaggi.Aspettavo di emozionarmi, di versare lacrime, di sentire almeno un nodo in gola...NIENTE, MI SONO ANNOIATA A MORTE.Forse perché il libro è troppo Y, forse non ero nella modalità ...
  • Samantha
    This is going to be a tough one to write a review for. Overall, I think it is a pretty fantastic book. But I do think that it has suffered a bit of dated-ness since it was first published (only in 2004! That is dated to me now!)"Luna" tells the story of Luna, who was born a male named Liam, through the perspective of her little sister, Regan. It is really (I hate to say it) interesting to see this story told through a straight cis-female perspect...
  • Jessica
    Liam has always known that he was a girl and has kept this knowledge locked away in a steamer trunk to be revealed only at night. Regan has been protecting her brother Liam since she can remember; protecting his secret from the world. During one fateful year, Liam and Regan’s carefully orchestrated lives begin to unravel when Liam can no longer keep Luna under lock and key to be seen only at night. Told from the perspective of Regan, Luna takes...