Young Adult Lit/Crit

March 12, 2008

LUNA Lit Circle; no spoilers

Filed under: Lit Circle Picks — Joyce @ 6:17 pm

I just started LUNA for our next Lit Circle and I want to just connect with the others who are reading it.

 Regan is the protagonist. She shares her struggles with her life and her transgendered sibling’s life in high school. I am definitely looking forward to discussing this in class. The story is amazing so far. (I’m only a few chaps in.)

Big questions on passing, gender roles, expectations.

 Who else would like to read this with me?




  1. I’m in this lit circle, Joyce. Who else is in?

    Comment by sostrom — March 12, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

  2. I’m also in the Luna lit circle. I finished the book yesterday, and I can’t wait to discuss it in class. There is so much to talk about!

    Comment by katefrazer — March 13, 2008 @ 10:53 am

  3. Finished the book yesterday, and I really like it. It gives such a good explanation of transgender (not gay, but born in the wrong body) and explores the implications of this through Liam/Luna’s character. Also, though, and this is what I think really sets this book apart from others that attempt to elucidate a certain experience, Luna covers so much more than being transgender. Through Regan, we see how kids can envy other families (the Materas), feel like an outcast (and be labelled ‘stuck-up’), support their siblings (and lose themselves in the process), disbelieve that someone could really like them (Chris), and be baffled by their parents’ cluelessness/self-centeredness/denial.

    One question, which I keep coming back to the more YA lit. I read: is any topic off-limits?


    Comment by sostrom — March 17, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

  4. Sarah,

    I really like what you mentioned about the envy, outcast, sibling support… Kate brought up a really good point last night in our History of English Language class. I hope she details it more here: that Regan made the book more accessible.

    One thing I really liked in addition to what you mentioned was the ending. It easily could have gone one way (and hinted for a while that it would.) BUT it didn’t. Since I don’t want to spoil it, I won’t elaborate: if you read it you know what I’m talking about.

    Additionally, I think that Alley was an important barometer in the story, and that she was crucial to the complexity of the scale of acceptance. And I can’t wait to talk about the MOM. She’s a discussion all in herself.


    Comment by joycehansen — March 18, 2008 @ 11:36 am

  5. I’m so excited to talk about this book this week. As Joyce wrote, I really think having Regan tell the story made the story accessible to a much broader audience. While I think it would have been interesting to hear Luna/Liam tell his own story I think it would be a much bigger jump for readers. With Regan’s point of view it was also extemely easy to see how this is an issue that affects family and friends, not just the transgender person. You could see her pain right along with Luna’s. It seems to me that while many readers might not have a transgender brother, most have probably experienced some issues regarding a family member or close friend and can relate in that way.

    As you said, Joyce, the mom definitely needs some discussion. I can’t believe her. I also think the Materas could be an interesting conversation. Regan sees them as so normal and perfect, but I just don’t know. I didn’t love them.

    I’ve been thinking about your question, Sarah. I don’t know if anything is off limits in YA lit!

    Comment by katefrazer — March 18, 2008 @ 2:16 pm

  6. Hey guys! Sorry for not posting on our lit circle this week previous to class! Needless to say we really all enjoyed this book (a first for a Lit Circle for me… usually we devote most of it to likes/dislikes of the writing itself)and I am glad we got to discuss it last night- especially of interest of me was the idea of the burden Liam was putting on everyone, including himself, by not being able to be Luna like he wanted. I especially enjoyed our discussion on the babysitting scene also and thanks Joyce for sharing the story about your friend! Great book!

    Comment by Kari — March 21, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

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