Title: Almost Perfect
Author: Brian Katcher
Synopsis: 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. 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.
Rating: 3 ½ stars
Review: Talk about a rollercoaster. Get comfy, because I have a lot of thoughts about it.
The main character – and narrator – Logan is getting over his ex-girlfriend, or least trying to, when a new girl starts at his school. She’s six-foot tall, absolutely gorgeous…and she was born male. When Logan finds this out, he’s not okay with it.
First of all, I have to talk about the complete arsehole that is Logan. Once he finds out the truth about Sage, he keeps calling her a boy and freaking out because he thinks that his liking her means he is gay. Oh my god, there’s so much internal monologue about him being a ‘fag’ and liking a boy. I think if the book had been narrated by someone – anyone – else, I would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did.
Sage on the other hand? LOVE HER. She’s willing to do whatever to gain other people’s approval, and to fit in, even if it means giving up her own happiness. She’s sweet, and vulnerable, and my heart breaks for her throughout most of the book. Yay for Sage!
Logan was pretty much the only really bad character in the whole book – even Sage’s dad ended up being not so bad. The ending was very bittersweet – reminiscent of ‘Eleanor and Park’ – and a little unsatisfactory for me, but it wasn’t completely awful.
The author’s writing is okay – the start was very slow, and I was contemplating shelving it as a DNF, but I did appreciate the very relevant issues that were addressed in the book, such as transitioning as a teen, transphobia, suicide. He didn’t skate over them, which was appreciated. They were taken seriously.
Overall, I rate this book as three and a half stars, because while it was a good book, Logan as the narrator really brought my opinion of it down. If you enjoy books like ‘Luna’ by Julie Anne Peters, then this is one you should read.