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Almost Perfect [Hardcover]

Brian Katcher
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Oct. 13 2009
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, powerful, emotional read Feb. 27 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Jan. 26 2010
Format:Hardcover
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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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  54 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, powerful, emotional read. Jan. 24 2011
By Amazon Customer - 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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this book Sept. 21 2012
By Kayla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a Transgender girl myself, I related to Sage a lot. I was inspired at times, brought almost to tears at others.  Transitioning has been the hardest thing I have ever done. I believe this book gives a small glimpse of what life is like for many.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to cry Feb. 20 2011
By Jerica Truax - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book touched me in so many ways. The subject matter is one rarely touched upon and it is portrayed in a very lifelike way.

I would recommend this book to anyone.
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