Luna has been nominated for four readers’ choice state book awards, including the Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, Rhode Island Teen Book Award, Missouri Gateway Book Award, and the Michigan Thumbs Up! Award. In addition, it has won numerous awards.
The novel is told from the point of view of fifteen-year-old Regan. She struggles with the secret that her older brother, Liam, is a transsexual, who wants to transition and live as a girl named Luna. He is a girl in a boy’s body. (Liam adopts the name “Luna”, which means “moon,” to reflect the fact she can only show herself as a girl at night.)
Many of times, even in childhood days, Liam has expressed his desire to be a girl and showed his desire in many ways. He even asked for a bra as a present during his childhood days.
Extract from the book :
Teri Lynn’s other face. Her false face. It wasn’t the difference between the male and female that struck me so much as the change in demanor, the attitude, the confidence. Teri Lynn. the male, seemed to be another person altogether. A dead person, the way Liam appeared sometimes. Sad, vacant. The other Teri Lynn, the real one, had blossomed and sprung to life. The way Liam broke free when he morphed into Luna.
Liam or Luna’s gender issues had given Reagan lots of problems – problems she faced with her Dad, her best friend Ay, her love life, her school. She had wished that her brother Liam will stay as he is now, and does not wish that he changed to become a female permanently. In the end, Liam decided to pursue to live his life as “she” wants, and decided to leave home, flew to Seattle to find Teri Lynn to help him become a female.
This book is very controversial. It does give another perspective of the difference between a gay and a transgender. Very controversial and it may give me an understanding to practise tolerance to other’s views and lifestyles in this world.