Almost Perfect

Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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This winner of the first Stonewall Award for Children’s & Young Adult Literature will make you marvel at the beauty of human connection and the irrepressible nature of 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.   

Sage Hendricks was my line.   

Logan Witherspoon befriends Sage Hendricks at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. He's drawn to Sage, with her constant smile and sexy voice, and his feelings for her grow so strong that he can’t resist kissing her. Sage finally discloses a big secret: She was born a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at her - a reaction he soon desperately wishes he could take back. Once his anger cools, Logan is filled with incredible regret, and all he wants is to repair his friendship with Sage. 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.

“Tackles issues of homophobia, hate crimes and stereotyping with humor and grace in an accessible tone that will resonate with teens.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“It is Sage's story that is truly important.” (SLJ)

“Teens - both those familiar with transgender issues and those who are not— - will welcome the honest take on a rarely explored subject.” (Booklist)

“A sensitive examination of the seldom treated subject of transgender teens.” (VOYA)

©2011 Brian Katcher (P)2011 Listening Library

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Takes teen angst to a new level

What did you love best about Almost Perfect?

The character of Sage was so lovable I dreaded the inevitable moment of revelation. For the first time I understood how transgendered people might feel, and I learned something from living through Logan's doubt and rollercoaster emotions about my own prejudices.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sage was my favorite even though we experienced everything through Logan's eyes. Vulnerable yet strong and always lovable. could she be realistic? I don't know.

Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

Logan was the best performance. I think every girl wants a boyfriend like Logan.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think it was when he was driving her to the hospital and realized he was overcome with emotion.

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In tears!

Wow. What a great story, I hope if you read this you read this book. An amazing journey of emotions. You won’t be sorry.

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an almost perfect book

Captured the dilemma and struggles of young transgender women in a vivid and amazing way. As an older transwoman, I was quite impressed. Loved it!

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Great story, bad ending--not worth reading.

What disappointed you about Almost Perfect?

In YA books, it 's typicall that the characters come of age or grow both gaining and losing something. In Almost Perfect, the 2 main characters loss everything without any of them gaining experience. Logan's wrong decisions lead both of them to a disastrous ending where Sage is about give up all for what she has been fighting all her life (it's not clear whether she did) and Logan gets no learning and thus doesn't grow as a person. The ending was soooo bad it runied the whole novel. Okay, this is not a Disney Princesess story, but please don't obliterate the main characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Brian Katcher again?

Most likely not. If his other novels are like this one, where a very good plot is ruined by a crappy ending, I 'm not interested.

Which scene was your favorite?

This is a spoiler. Don't read beyond if you prefer to learn by yourself.

The love scene at the university campus. Wondefull scene!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The plot is actually good and is well knitted, but the ending is sooo bad that I ended up angry. Not worth reading.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy this book unless you enjoy sad endings where all the characters' hopes end crushed beyond repair.

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I enjoyed the book and I was rooting for Sage and Logan, pity it didn't work out.