Between Perfect and Real

Between Perfect and Real

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A moving YA debut about a trans boy finding his voice—and himself

Dean Foster knows he’s a trans guy. He’s watched enough YouTube videos and done enough questioning to be sure. But everyone at his high school thinks he’s a lesbian—including his girlfriend Zoe, and his theater director, who just cast him as a “nontraditional” Romeo. He wonders if maybe it would be easier to wait until college to come out. But as he plays Romeo every day in rehearsals, Dean realizes he wants everyone to see him as he really is now––not just on the stage, but everywhere in his life. Dean knows what he needs to do. Can playing a role help Dean be his true self?

Title:Between Perfect and Real
ISBN:9781419746017
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  • daph pink ?

    Between perfect and real is a fabulous, powerful, heartfelt, emotional, heart wrenching story about finding your voice, your identity, exploring friendship and love. It's about that gap between perfe...

  • Miranda Reads

    Dean Foster begins senior year between a rock and a hard place.. Dean's used girl pronouns throughout childhood and up until now but something had always felt a little off. Just in the past few year...

  • theresa

    Between Perfect and Real is a moving story of gender euphoria, coming into yourself and finding your place in the world. Following a trans boy cast as a “non traditional” Romeo in his school’s t...

  • ?? lin chuchu ?? ???

    i need white trans folks to stop demonizing lesbians and calling them transphobic. this happened with the "may the best man win" as well. it hurts for this book to imply lesbians are transphobic for n...

  • booksandzoe

    this book is written wonderfully; this is a rare YA contemporary that doesn’t depict teenagers in a super cartoonish, out of touch way. i also love how the book doesn’t contain any pop culture ref...

  • Grayson

    I just finished this and I'm bawling my eyes out. I swear this book isn't fiction, it just my own senior year of highschool. Just replace Dean being an acting student struggling with playing a male ro...

  • Adri

    4.5 Stars CWs: Bullying, transphobia and transphobic violence, harassment, minor outings of a trans person, deadnaming (dead name not mentioned on the page), homophobia and homophobic slurs, mentio...

  • Anniek

    "The possibilities are endless."What a perfect way to end such a perfectly real book. One of the themes of this book is that there's no one way to be trans; being trans comes with infinite possibilite...

  • Rae

    absolutely ah-may-zing!! RTC....

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Between Perfect and Real , Ray Stoeve's debut YA novel, is a poignant, thought-provoking, hopeful look at a teen’s struggle with his identity."I think I might be trans.""I m...