Welcome back everyone!
Pavarti K. Tyler is back to help promote our LGBTQ theme this month! Today she is going to review Luna by Julie Anne Peters.
Award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity and penning her next genre bending novel. Visit her website HERE.
Luna is a rare treat, insightful and provocative, it takes a circumspect look at a topic most books barrel into head on. Instead of focusing completely on the transexual character Liam/Luna, this novel is told from the point of view of Regan, Luna’s younger sister.
The reader isn’t spared the pain Luna feels having to “pass” as a boy, only able to let her real persona out in secret late at night. But what is truly amazing about this novel is how the author presents the effect of transsexualism on the entire family.
Regan is a pretty normal girl, however, her social life, her development of a self has been stunted because she has spent her life keeping her brother’s secret. Amidst a sexist culture, a dysfunctional family and a challenging school year, she’s trying to keep her head afloat, all why bearing the load of keeping her brother alive and Luna happy. It’s more than one person can really handle, especially a teenage girl, and her failed attempts at having a social life of her own show the toll this is taking on her.
Written with some flashbacks of Regan’s memories of Luna’s appearances throughout her young life and a tight modern narrative, Luna
no time getting the reader invested. If you can read the first chapter and put this book down you may be clinically dead inside. It’s beautiful and painful from the first word, the first letter.
The novel ends somewhat open ended, but with an air of hope for the future for both Luna and Regan. The siblings relationship is bound by fear and cemented with love. There are numerous lovely moments where these two characters understand each other’s pain and hope in ways no other person could.
I highly recommend this book for everyone. In fact, it should be required reading. For parents and teens whose lives will undoubtedly be touched by someone different, the insight this book gives is profound. While the topic dealt with her is transgenderism, the sensitivity and empathy it requests from the reader could be applied to any situation in which you find yourself in contact with someone who lives as “other”. Luna will make you question the times you’ve stared or laughed at another person and for a moment consider their experience.
Rating: [rating: 5]
Review Provided by Pavarti K Tyler, author of White Chalk
which focuses on the brutal effects of abuse, neglect, and self-esteem. Follow her atwww.PavartiKTyler.com