Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
Publication Date/Version: October 2009/Hardcover
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Age Group: 14 and up
Received From: Teens Read Too (Thanks!)

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.

Logan recently broke up with his high school sweetheart after she cheated on him. Now he's basically clinically depressed. His friends are starting to get worried, and wonder if he'll ever be back to normal. Then along comes Sage. She's different than other girls: a bit taller, a bit more awkward, a bit off. But that's what Logan likes about her. He quickly begins pursuing her, though she warns him not to. She's got a secret that can't get out. But when Logan can't resist any longer and kisses her, he'll wish he never had. Sage reveals her secret: she's a boy. What follows is a series of tumultuous events that will literally affect both Logan and Sage for the rest of their lives.

Almost Perfect is a wonderful addition to the collection of GLBT young adult books. Brian Katcher has managed to capture a very touchy subject with complete honesty, never shying away from the difficult truths.

Logan and Sage were both believable, lovable characters. Logan, even after his many mistakes, is a good guy. You can't blame him for being a little on edge in a situation like this. It was impossible not to sympathize for Sage. Her situation was incredibly rough, and I don't know how she handled it all. The secondary characters were enjoyable, as well. Each added their own part to the story, but Logan and Sage really stood out from the crowd.

The plot had great pacing - never a dull moment. Logan and Sage's relationship was tumultuous, inspiring, and revealing. Logan had a difficult time with it, but in the end, I believe he turned out okay. Their relationship is hard to describe. There was such a give-and-take quality to it - Sage gave and Logan took. She opened herself up, and he often took that for granted. Though I make Logan sound like a poor character, he grew into an understanding person.

Based on the intensity and incredible exploration found in Almost Perfect, I'll be sure to pick up anything that Mr. Katcher writes in the future.

Overall: Simply wonderful. Great exploration of an untouched upon subject. Heart wrenching.

My Advice: Go buy a copy. No one should miss this stunning read.

Cover: So wonderful. When I see it, I think of one of the major turning points in the book. I enjoy its rough quality.

*This was read as a part of the 100+ Reading Challenge


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