Title: Almost Perfect
Author: Brian Katcher
Publication Date: October 13th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, LGBT
No. of pages: 368 pages
Date read: May 21-22, 2016
My rating: 3.4/★★★✩✩
Logan Witherspoon befriends Sage Hendricks at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. As time goes on, he finds himself drawn to Sage, pulled in by her deep, but sexy feminine voice and her constant smile. Eventually Logan’s feelings for Sage grow so strong that he can’t resist kissing her. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she was born 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 their friendship. But it’s hard to replace something that’s been broken—and it’s even harder to find your way back to friendship when you began with love.
“Everyone has that one line they swear they’ll never cross, the one thing they say they’ll never do.
We draw the line. Maybe we even believe it. That’s why it’s so hard when we break that promise we make to ourselves.
Sage Hendricks was my line.”
By the look of this book’s publication date, you know I must have had it from a second-hand book shop. And I did have it from a second-hand shop last year. I never had an idea about what this book is about until yesterday when I was looking for a light read. I read the synopsis at the back and found myself interested about transgender love. Yes, you heard it right. Transgender love. So if this isn’t something you usually agree about, read at your own risk.
Almost perfect was written through a voice of a stereotype jock in a small-town high school, Logan. Logan, abandoned by their father, lives in a trailer together with his mom and his older sister, Laura. Since he started as a senior, his sister has gone to college as a freshman so that left him with her mom. His mom works as hard to support them. Logan, together with his sister, is very much appreciative of their mom and even work sidelines to lessen the weight on her shoulder. Logan has just gone through a breakup of his girlfriend of three years, Brenda who happens to cheat on him. He was having a hard time moving on, even with his friends Tim and Jack‘s nagging, when a new student enrolls in their school. The new student, Sage who is tall, unconventionally pretty and who dresses bizarrely, caught Logan’s attention and they soon have come to be friends. When Logan tries to take it to a level more than friends with Sage by kissing her, Sage reveals that she was born biologically a boy. That puts a dent on their friendship but Logan attempts to rekindle their friendship.
The cover is very misleading for a story about humorous and at the same time heartbreaking transgender love. I don’t agree with how it is listed as similar to John Green‘s books, maybe with the topic but they’re far from each other when it comes to writing style. I enjoyed this so much, I think I even loved it. The writing style is good, but there are times that it’s hard to continue the book.
The protagonist, Logan, is a jerk in many occasions not just to Sage, but also in some people in his life. It’s entirely realistic if you would put his situation in real life. Not to generalize, but I think that’s an initial reaction you’ll get from a guy if he learns that he kissed an another guy (biologically).
I don’t know what I was expecting about what would the end be, but I think the half of me was pretty satisfied and the other half was kinda wanting more. I wouldn’t spoil it though.
Overall, Almost Perfect is a pretty good book and an important one too. It talks about the issues of homophobia, tells a tale of acceptance of others and oneself and how society can be judgmental and get pretty harsh on subjects like this. I hope you find yourself connecting with the story. It’s a heartbreaking and an eye-opening one.
“Sage would survive. I’d survive. We were better off apart. Painful and quick, just like ripping off a Band-Aid. Well, more like gouging a piece of shrapnel out of my stomach, pouring a bottle of gin into the wound, lighting it on fire, and sewing my guts up with a dirty bootlace. But the concept was the same.”