Brian Katcher’s second novel Almost Perfect is the winner of the Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, presented by the. Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes. Almost Perfect was listed by the American Library Association as one of the Best Katcher, author of Playing With Matches, manages a delicate balance here.

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Sage is like this transgender manic pixie dream girl who helps the narrator see the error in his thinking.

Sage is tall, quirky, has a great laugh, and most of all, is from “somewhere else! It could have happened, but it didn’t. I wanted to love this book, I did. My head wants me to wra This is a beautiful, powerful, emotional read. Sage is a male-born transgender, who keeps her secret in fear of people’s reactions. Logan’s story will prompt teen readers and maybe some adults, too to think about how they would act in his situation.

I would add that it could teach its elders — those adult books — a lot about a well-turned story that, even almosy its wild ups and downs, still feels unwavering and simple in the best sense — it is direct and focused and urgent.

I found myself pulling for Logan and Sage, but I remember what a moron I was at View all 9 comments. And she’s the one we actually care about. Sage seems to be just that, and appears to katxher it all, but there is something she’d like to change, her true gender. Did Sage ever get the surgery? But the way it ended, with Logan thinking about all the girls he’ll get with in college, but all wistfully almodt “Oh, none of them will ever compare with Sage. He doesn’t accept her for who she katcjer I so wished for a happy ending for her.


Qlmost am perhaps most surprised that Mr. Cause Julie Anne Peters he isn’t.

Seriously, I know this would be a freak-out situation for any teenager. Katcher flawlessly channels the worried and confused voice of a straight teenage boy in this honest and uncompromising take on transgender love. So as I was reading, I was thinking, “Eh, this is okay.

She’d think twice before treating a guy like that again. Tall, unconventionally pretty, and a bit awkward, Sage Hendricks appeals to Logan at a time when he trusts no one. And for god’s sake, give a trans character a happy ending.


Why couldn’t we have had a story from the trans character’s perspective? But I’m not going to tell them that it’s awesome. I could write an essay about this book, what it meant to me, and how I feel kafcher it. I’m trying to imagine katche a genderqueer teen might take this book.

So after careful consideration I’ve decided to re-write it. Logan wants more, but Sage tells him, in essence: Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.

And she’s the one we side with. This was a fast read, but it pegfect difficult. There are probably plenty of trans kids who need to see themselves get a happy ending in fiction.

Sage has been homeschooled for a number of years and her pare You only hurt the ones you love. If you had been watching my Goodreads ratings a few months ago you would see that I did, at least for a little while.

I would not really want to recommend it to a trans teen. He thinks that his luck with girls is basically nothing now But before this goes into another rant about Kagcher High school katcjer Logan Witherspoon has known all of his classmates since kindergarten.


Since reading the book, I’ve recommended it to many of my friends in the community, as I believe the theme and topic matters are quite important in today’s society. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher. Tell me, go on, tell me that wouldn’t mess with your psyche, even a little bit.

He thinks of her as a man. This book is a mess and a disappointment. The blurb lays out the plot of Almost Perfect neatly: I’d rather read a book about a trans woman, not how a cis male perceives her. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Sage the love interest is a new student at Logan’s school.

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In elementary school in Boyer, you knew all your classmates since kindergartenTanya had been the fat girl. By the end of the book however, I was simply angry and disappointed. Logan starts out as briab likable enough character with genuinely funny moments of narration, but the humor is lost as the book progresses and multiple acts of being exceedingly callous really made me dislike him by the end.