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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385736649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736640
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #854,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2009:
"An accessible tone that will resonate with teens."

About the Author

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 www.briankatcher.com.

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Format: Paperback
This is a book that grabs you by the heart and gets into your head. It's the first book in a very long time where I not only had no idea how it was going to end, but was sincerely concerned with how the situation would resolve itself.

I could write an essay about this book, what it meant to me, and how I feel about it. I loved it and I hated it. I was afraid to read another chapter, and I never wanted it to end. 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.

I fell in love with these characters - Logan as much as Sage, to my surprise - and didn't want to let them go . . . especially not like that.

Ultimately, this could just as easily been a story about racial, religious, or cultural identity. The elements of the story could have worked with any other struggle at the heart, but I dare say the book would not have been as powerful (or nearly so interesting). Through the question of Sage's gender identity we also get to explore questions of sexual identity/orientation, particularly with Logan, who struggles with what it means to love a girl who used to be (and, from a purely biological standpoint, still is) a boy.

Brian Katcher's novel is as brave as it is bold, and he's to be applauded as much for his choice of subject, as for his talents as a story teller.
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Logan Witherspoon recently broke up with his high school girlfriend of three years, Brenda. He thought they were both in love, but it turns out that she cheated on him. Now he's depressed and lonely, and his friends aren't sure he'll recover.

Then along comes Sage, a quirky and odd new girl in the tiny town of Boyer. Although she doesn't completely fit in, Logan is instantly attracted to her. Their relationship grows, becoming more and more complicated. Neither is sure whether they want a friendship or something more. When they finally go farther and kiss, Sage reveals a huge secret that will literally effect both of them for the rest of their lives. Sage is a boy.

Logan has no idea how to respond, and he leaves Sage alone just when she needs him the most. What comes after is an incredibly complicated relationship that pulls Logan in so many directions. Questions are answered, lines are crossed, and friendships are made and broken.

Brian Katcher has done an incredible job of approaching a touchy subject with absolute sincerity. The novel was completely honest and dealt with the subject tastefully, all while showing true emotions. Logan was a real person who experienced real feelings. All of his reactions were understandable and realistic. Sage was an entrancing character who was so easy to feel for. Her situation was incredibly difficult, and her pain really jumped out of the pages. She was easy to feel for, and I always wanted the best for her.

ALMOST PERFECT was simply wow. Such a heavy topic that was never shied away from, and I wholeheartedly enjoyed the story. This book was a real eye-opener. It teaches you that one should never judge and just how valuable true friends really are. This is a must-read for everyone!

Reviewed by: McKenzie Tritt
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful, powerful, emotional read. Jan. 24 2011
By Bending the Bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a book that grabs you by the heart and gets into your head. It's the first book in a very long time where I not only had no idea how it was going to end, but was sincerely concerned with how the situation would resolve itself.

I could write an essay about this book, what it meant to me, and how I feel about it. I loved it and I hated it. I was afraid to read another chapter, and I never wanted it to end. 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.

I fell in love with these characters - Logan as much as Sage, to my surprise - and didn't want to let them go . . . especially not like that.

Ultimately, this could just as easily been a story about racial, religious, or cultural identity. The elements of the story could have worked with any other struggle at the heart, but I dare say the book would not have been as powerful (or nearly so interesting). Through the question of Sage's gender identity we also get to explore questions of sexual identity/orientation, particularly with Logan, who struggles with what it means to love a girl who used to be (and, from a purely biological standpoint, still is) a boy.

Brian Katcher's novel is as brave as it is bold, and he's to be applauded as much for his choice of subject, as for his talents as a story teller.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A powerful novel for older teens March 22 2010
By J.Prather - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was so impressed with this book! Love stories are not my usual thing, but this one was such a good read that I was amazed. Be forewarned, it's not for everyone; this is an unconventional tale of coming of age, true love and self discovery. I picked it up to read because I felt it was going to be a controversial addition to our library collection, and it probably will cause it's share of problems. What I do hope that people will see in this book is a stunningly sensitive story peopled with memorable characters that tug at your heart. It can hopefully teach a few lessons on understanding and acceptance, maybe open a few eyes to some of the differences that exist in our society and generate some soul searching among its teen and adult readers.

I don't mean to indicate that this was strictly an "issue" book, and I don't want to spoil any of the plot by talking specifics. Above all, this is a good story. It was well plotted and although I initially had problems really believing Logan's character, the author developed him so skillfully throughout the book that by the end I felt like I truly knew him. I will remember Sage and Logan for a good while and look forward to telling others about this book. I would recommend this to anyone 16 or older who enjoys a good romance and is willing to look at things with a non judgemental eye. A big recommend - and thanks to the author for a great, realistic ending. You didn't cop out when the going got tough.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Highly Recommended Poignant Read Nov. 1 2009
By E H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A scanty "review" since I don't want to spoil anything for current and future readers.

Let me just say that I loved this wondrous, gut-wrenching, thought-provoking book (and still can't stop thinking about it).

Please, please, please read it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Very Accurate, Sensitive, and Relevant Narrative Oct. 22 2010
By T. Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's pretty hard to talk about this book without saying too much about it, but this had a special impact on me out of all the books I've ever read. Sage Hendricks is a vivid, accurate, sensitive, and relevant depiction of a transgender woman like myself, and this book made me feel like there was hope in the world that someday people like her, like me, will be able to love in peace.

I would recommend giving this book to high school age straight boys, lesbians, and bisexual folks, who will most likely be able to connect with Logan's feelings on Sage. I would be wary about how quickly I would hand this book to somebody struggling with transsexuality in themselves as Sage does endure quite a bit of incredible emotional and physical pain throughout the novel. This left me feeling pretty sad for the character for about a day or so before I realized that this was what was best for her. If they can handle a day of sadness, it is worth the happy realization that comes later.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An truly insightful book... Feb. 6 2011
By Aaeriele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is one of the very few books that actually gets a transsexual character right - it doesn't mock them, it doesn't go crazy with stereotypes, it doesn't make them seem like an alien from outer space.

Instead, it provides an amazingly rich portrait of the emotional, social, and even physical issues involved with transsexuality for both the trans individuals themselves and those who make their acquaintance.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, trans or not.


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