Luna by Julie Anne Peters

lunaI believe when we are young, we are just butterflies; snug inside our cocoons. Once we reach teenager, we spread our wings and take our first flights. That is exactly what one of the characters in this story, Liam does. He is a boy, who wants to be a girl. He wants to spread his wings, but something is holding his wings, only letting him partly fly.

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 himself only at night. The reason of it is because of Liam’s family. His father, refuses to accept the fact and forces Luna into Liam.

Regan is also made busy because of Luna. At the age of 16, she grows an interest in the boy she is paired up with in the chemistry class. However, she refuses him because of her needs to look after Luna. But as the story’s pages go faster, I find out Regan grows a little bit interest in Liam’s life as Luna.

In the story, Regan has small flashbacks about when both of them are ten to twelve years younger, when Liam ‘accidentally’ let Luna out. And by the means of ‘accident’, Liam has acted by the needs and wants of a girl in broad daylight. It takes him about 14 years to realize that he is a transgender.

Liam has a best friend named Aly who was born on the same day as his. Aly has grown to like Liam but she soon has to accept a reality that Liam is TG (transgender). When at first she knows this, she immediately grows angry. Everybody thinks that their friendship are ruined, but then both of them grow close again.

I think transgenders have every normal person’s rights. They are humans, like the rest of us. I don’t think transgenders are supposed to be thrown out of the group just because they are ‘different’ to other people. How would you feel if you step into a TG’s shoes? What would you do? You can’t laugh at yourself right?

What I like about this book is that it reflects a teenager’s life through Regan. The story is about being a family; being a sister and brother. And about the acceptance.

Although Luna is banned and considered controversy in many places, it won many awards and nominations. The author, Julie Anna Peters (born on January 16, 1952), is an American author of young adult fiction. She has published numerous books, mostly novels toward children and adolescents. Her works have been translated into many languages, including Indonesian. I read the English version.


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