Almost Perfect

Katcher, Brian. Almost Perfect. New York: Delacorte Press, 2009. Print. ISBN 13: 9780385736640. Hardback. $17.99.

Annotation: It wasn’t difficult for Logan to fall for the pretty new girl, Sage. But it was difficult for Logan to learn Sage’s life-changing secret, and he’s not so sure he can handle it.

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Is Logan’s life perfect? Not even close, not even almost. Everything was alright growing up with his mom and his sister, but then his sister went away to college and his mom started taking extra shifts at the diner. Plus, his girlfriend of three years dumped him. Now Logan’s a senior in high school and he’s just trying to get by and get over his ex. A process that suddenly becomes much easier when a new girl waltzes into his first period bio class. Sage Hendricks is beautiful, fun, and easy to talk to and Logan is instantly drawn to her. If this were a fairy tale, that would be great – happily ever after, perfect, the end.

Unfortunately, this is real life in Boyer, Missouri and Sage has a secret. A big secret. Sage Hendricks is biologically a boy. The beauty of this story is that it’s not about Sage revealing her secret – it’s about what happens afterward. How does Logan react and what does it say about him? Can Sage and Logan be together, be just friends, be nothing at all? Sage has some very big choices to make as well, choices that affect her family, her future happiness, and her almost perfect understanding with Logan. But as Sage said, “almost perfect isn’t the same as perfect, is it?”

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Dine like Logan: A burger, fries, and two sodas.

Quotables: “Everyone has that one line they swear they’ll never cross, the one thing they say they’ll never do. Not something serious like I’ll never kill anyone or I’ll never invade Russia in the winter. Usually, it’s something less earth-shattering. I’ll never cheat on her. I’ll never work at a job I hate. I’ll never give up on my dreams. We draw the line. Maybe we even believe it. That’s why it’s so hard when we break that promise we make to ourselves. Sage Hendricks was my line.” (pg 1)

Almost Perfect is the winner of the 2011 Stonewall Book Award which recognizes remarkable literature related to LGBTQ culture.

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YOUR OPTIONS: Almost Perfect is available in print, eBook, CD audio, and downloadable audio formats.

Anastasia Vito © 2014

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