Hello, Brian! Could you tell us a little bit about your new novel? Brian Katcher Hello, and thanks for asking! This is especially true this year, now that his widowed mother has remarried and his stepfather insists on living with them. Unfortunately, Zak has blown off a major assignment for a class and is in danger of failing
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The customary concerns of young-adult fiction — the anxieties and explorations that come with life on the cusp of adulthood, the increasingly central self-awareness of being a teenager, a growing realization of the responsibilities inherent in growing up — all find wonderful expression in this book, which will appeal to readers of many ages.
Almost Perfect is an apt description of the relationship between its dual protagonists, Logan and Sage, two high school seniors and eventual sweethearts in small town Missouri. That she spills her secret just after she and Logan finally kiss — sending Logan into a tailspin — is the first of a series of crises that Katcher builds on throughout the book.
Katcher has worked with teens and he knows them inside and out; his characters are compelling and true. Discussions of what it means to be a man go beyond gender identification, or who is straight or gay. His primary model of manhood — his father — is ostensibly lacking, yet his mother and older sister and no doubt his community instilled in him a level of maturity that serves him and this story well. Sage, for her part, brings a different perspective on masculinity, having abandoned her own maleness.
Her volatile, angry and controlling father is her foil, whose stereotypical male behavior and attitudes — in this case an overblown machismo — brings the question of how do men behave into high relief. His own development and broadening understanding of masculinity underscores what Logan and Sage experience as they move slowly into adulthood.
No doubt also a shrewd move that should allow for this book to be placed in more school libraries, where it will reach a range of kids who need this type of intelligent, well written, and thoroughly engaging literature. As with gay and lesbian fiction, I hope we will begin to see trans characters taken beyond the coming out experience and starring in stories that weave issues of gender and sexuality into a broader storyline.
This is something Brian Katcher has accomplished in spades.
Recommended to John by: Cory Shelves: annoyed-after-reading , wtf-dude , why-did-i-read-this , could-have-been-so-much-better , finally-a-good-book , no-just-no , oh-mah-god , wtf-is-this This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So a few months ago I wrote an Almost Perfect review. It was really long, really confusing and the worst part: really, really fucking boring. First -- Logan. Logan is our narrator.
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The author tackles issues of homophobia, hate crimes and stereotyping with humor and grace in an accessible tone that will resonate with teens who may not have encountered the issue of transgender identity before. Grades In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please send us a message with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added.
‘Almost Perfect’ by Brian Katcher