Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

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You only hurt the ones you love.

Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been homeschooled for a number of years and her parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she won’t tell Logan why. One day, Logan acts on his growing feelings for Sage. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she’s actually a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage and disowns her. But once Logan comes to terms with what happened, he reaches out to Sage in an attempt to understand her situation. But Logan has no idea how rocky the road back to friendship will be.

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About Brian Katcher

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Brian Katcher is the author of Playing with Matches, and a school librarian. He lives in Missouri with his wife and daughter. You can visit him on the Web at the Hardcover edition.
Published October 5, 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 370 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Katcher flawlessly channels the worried and confused voice of a straight teenage boy in this honest and uncompromising take on transgender love.

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Chicago Tribune

It’s been a long time since Logan has swooned over a girl.

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Lambda Literary

The ALA’s press release rightly calls this book “exceptional.” I would add that it could teach its elders — those adult books — a lot about a well-turned story that, even with its wild ups and downs, still feels unwavering and simple in the best sense — it is direct and focused and urgent.

Mar 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Almost Perfect

Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Logan is only human, and even though it isn’t pleasant to read, it’s better than a fake story where the emotions and reactions are forced.

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The Yalsa Hub

It’s a love story with a twist: a teenage boy, Logan, falls for Sage, the new girl at his small-town high school, and then she tells him that she is actually a boy.

Feb 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Almost Perfect

JPL Book Reviews

It’s then that Sage finally tells him why her parents are so strict and why she is so secretive about her past: Sage was born a boy.

Jul 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Almost Perfect

Bending the Bookshelf

My head wants me to wrap Brian Katcher in my arms and thank him for such an amazing story, even as my heart wants me to pound on his chest and demand that he rewrite the ending.

Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Almost Perfect

Pretty Queer

Prior to reading Almost Perfect, by Brian Katcher, I really didn’t know what to expect, having heard really mixed reviews—anything from “this is the best representation of a teen trans girl in literature ever!” to “this book actually made my life worse.” Granted, the people who I am actually frie...

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