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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Who did Logan end up with? Had manages to rise above what we might expect from him, but there’s a lot of freaking out and running away and saying awful things along the way. This book was gifted to me by a friend, who thought that as a trans man I would enjoy it, which I did.

I think this novel would have been better from Sage’s perspective. I kept getting pulled out of the story by how bad the writing was He sprinkles in just enough humour to relieve the tension, but never at the expense of the characters or the situation.

And if you don’t you can always come back to this review in the comments section to rant about Logan with me! I’m sorry, broan reading this.

Clunky, tedious, and ultimately a slog in terms of writing. We will never kiss or date or be anything more than akmost. As with gay and lesbian fiction, I hope we will begin to see trans characters taken beyond the coming out experience and starring in stories that weave issues of gender and sexuality into a broader storyline.

I would probably fall for her too. He’s so not over her Logan is falling madly for Sage, and then he discovers that she was born a he. Sage the love interest is a new student at Logan’s school. And what does that say? ETA, four years later: Logan’s interactions with his sister, mother, and friends contrast against Sage’s description of her relationships with her parents and sister, just as the relationship Logan had with his ex-girlfriend forms a stark contrast to his developing relationship with Sage.


The author tackles issues of homophobia, hate crimes and stereotyping with humor and grace in an accessible tone that will resonate with teens who may not have encountered the issue of transgender identity before. Even though he’d run as much as I had, he was still vibrating with raw energy.

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Also, there were infuriating moments of racism thrown in. There are several central issues with this book that make me like it rather less than both the ALA and Mr. He misgenders her at every turn. He makes her fucking miserable. It’s so tragic and unnecessary.

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And that’s not very cool. More importantly, perhaps, I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been writing a novel dealing with a “boy meets boy who’s transitioning to being girl” love story, and keeping it safe for the YA market. Stuff like this is why I like to say I’m a work in progress. She isn’t allowed to date, and that’s all they will ever b Great book! I loved this book, I could not put it down.

Logan realistically cycles through denial, anger and anxiety, finally reaching acceptance but constantly wondering whether he is brave enough to shrug off the deeply ingrained conventions of his rural upbringing. I considered stopping a couple of times, but the fact the novel won the Stonewall award kept me reading. Over all, a very good book, and an important one, I think. He begins as someone closed-minded and slowly see his mistakes.


It kept me intrigued, it was easy to read, I liked it. Her penis is perfectly healthy. Everyone has an opinion on the subject, including myself but I am not going to discuss that opinion now. I was like one of those alcoholics who keep swearing that this time, they’re really going to stay sober.

Almost Perfect

I had tears a few times. But the plot and the characters overcame those flaws with moments of acute tension — at points, this was a real page-turner.

Are they actually friends? Twenty dollars can buy like six boxes of that healthy Panda brand licorice. I want to know about Sage. Logan’s story will prompt teen readers and maybe some adults, too to think about how they would act in his situation. And no, unlike Logan, my momma raised me so I actually don’t make a habit of treating people like crap.

By the end of the book however, I was simply angry and disappointed. The story is long and repetitive, and the messages are overt, but many teens both those familiar with transgender issues and those who are not will welcome the honest take on a rarely explored subject.

Thirdly, could we maybe focus just a little less on how Logan was physically attracted to Sage? I wanted a White tea book, and the mysteriousness of Sa I made the mistake of picking up this book for light reading. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage.