Almost Perfect

Almost Perfect

eBook - 2009
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With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2009
ISBN: 0375893792 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
9780375893797 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC KATCHER

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JCLBeckyC Apr 05, 2016

Logan is one of the least-likable fictional characters I've ever encountered. I kept reading, thinking that Logan would grow--become less self-centered, less homophobic, less trans-phobic, less fat-phobic. But no. He never resides outside his own narrow mind. He ignores the big picture, never questioning why people like Sage are treated the way they are in our society. He's too busy denying his feelings for Sage to think about why our society shames some people for who they love. Still, it's a novel worth reading if you're interested in the subject matter. Even though I dislike Logan, he's a realistic character. The way the author describes the lives of high school kids in small-town Missouri is spot-on. I just wish that instead of Logan's perspective, he'd written the story from Sage's point of view. She's the real heroine of the story. If you're looking for a realistic fiction book told from a teen boy's perspective, skip Almost Perfect and read Reality Boy by A.S. King. The main character in that novel is filled with the same kinds of rage and confusion as Logan, but he's a much more likable character, and the story has a much more satisfying ending.

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1493april
Aug 02, 2014

this book was good but I was kinda hurt when sage and logan could not make it worked. I really wanted it to last. this really touched my heart. great book.

nypl_115th_street Feb 16, 2013

The book is told by the main character Logan's voice. The things that I liked about this book are: 1. It told from a males point of view, Logan our hero if you can call him that struggles throughout the book, with the situations he finds himself in and his self. He makes a lot of dumb moves and admits it. He does flounder about, but does try to correct it. It’s difficult, he’s male lives in a small town, and is very heterosexual which doesn't help. 2.The story takes place in rural America. The fact that the characters are not living in a big city adds to the story. They can’t get lost in the city, they have to deal with things up close since as Logan mentions at the end of the book. He has spent 18 years going to school with the same people. 3.There are adults who play a part in the story. The Parents in the story play a role in moving the story forward. Because of the subject, you see how the “grown ups” deal with it, and how they influence kids by what they think is right. You can understand Sage’s father’s point .It’s a cruel world for people like Sage, but then you realize he’s not helping the situation. Why? Because he’s male, lives in America and is very heterosexual.Although he’s willing to move his family from place to place he does it out of shame because of Sage, not to support her. 4. The book it deals with teens sexuality and gender. Sage is a male who lives as a female. Logan is a male who finds he is attracted to Sage and that’s the rub. He spends most of the book trying to figure out a few things about his self. Does his attraction to Sage makes him gay? What would people say if they found out what Sage was? What would his friends think if they knew? How could he be attracted to Sage knowing what Sage is? How could he be supportive of Sage knowing what she is? I found this more enjoyable than I thought I would. And hope I can get some teens to read it. The author also provides organizations and web-site that support teens dealing with gender issues. Kudos

lauhginglexia Jul 16, 2012

this book caused me alot of mixed emotions, i know it's just abook but it moved me

RDPL_Teens Jun 25, 2012

This book moved me incredibly deeply. I believe that many readers may feel unsatisfied by the conclusion, or lack of "closure", but this is what made the story to believable and "relate-able". This is truly a profound story about what it means to truly be one's genuine self.

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E_Kazan
Aug 19, 2011

I really liked this book. It's not all that imaginary because stuff like this happens in real life. It even says at the end that some of the novel is based on real peoples experiences. I loved the characters, and the ending was real. Most books have happy endings that probably wouldn't happen, this book on the other hand has the only realistic ending there could be, and it was beautiful. I recommend this book to everyone because it really is a good story to read. :)

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aubreyr
Dec 06, 2010

This is a book that takes the the topic of transgender relationships very seriously and very accurately. It takes place in Missouri, and after reading it I spoke with some friends who live there, and they vouched for its authenticity.

It's a beautiful and wrenching story of young love, with dashes of humor throughout. Couldn't put it down!

JCLDennisR Nov 03, 2010

one of my favorite books this year!

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tiffanyhna
Aug 30, 2011

tiffanyhna thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Aug 19, 2011

E_Kazan thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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lauhginglexia Jul 16, 2012

This book is about an 18 yr old boy named logan who falls for a new girl in his class named zany, but discovers that she is a boy. At first logan is disgusted with zany for wat s/he is and for tricking him, but he can't keep himself from thinking about she/he. But he's not gay right?!. This story is filled with twist and turns about two boys finding themselves and each other

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E_Kazan
Aug 19, 2011

The back:
Eighteen-year-old Logan Witherspoon has just discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him but things start to look up when a new student enrolls in his small-town high school. Tall, unconventionally pretty, and a bit awkward. Sage Hendricks appeals to Logan at a time when he trusts no one. And as Logan learns more about Sage, he realises that she needs a friend as much as he does, if not more. One day , he acts on his growing attraction and kisses her. Moments later, he wishes he hadn't. Sage discloses a secret: biologically, she's a boy.
Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage. Once his anger has cooled, however, his regrets lead him to attempt to rekindle thier friendship. Impressed that Logan is even trying to understand, Sage agrees to give him a second chance. But LOgan has no idea how rocky the road back to friendship will be, or how many unexpected, exciting, and painful places he and Sage will visit along the way.

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tiffanyhna
Aug 30, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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tiffanyhna
Aug 30, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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E_Kazan
Aug 19, 2011

I coughed violently, trying to ignore the area below her neck. "Fine, fine, good to see you, didn't know you'd be here!"
"Yeah, my grade--"
"Great! Well, I'm going to see Tim!" I dog paddled off trying to think of a logical explanation for what I'd seen. Sage had breasts.
Now, from the age of about eleven, every straight guy cannot stop thinking about boobs. Dirty magazines, porno movies, swimsuit catalogs, women's health pamphlets...We drool over whatever we can get our hands on. A lucky few get their hands on the real thing. Sage had the real thing.

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