Between Perfect and Real

Between Perfect and Real

4.02 (2,164 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.02 (2,164 ratings by Goodreads)

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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?
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Product details

  • 12-15
  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • Amulet Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1419746014
  • 9781419746017
  • 461,792

Review quote

"Dean's process of figuring out his identity and his love of acting will be relatable to many teens, and Stoeve does not shy away from the nuances of navigating life after coming out." --School Library Journal
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About Ray Stoeve

Ray Stoeve is a queer, nonbinary writer from Seattle, Washington.
They received a 2016-2017 Made at Hugo House Fellowship for their young
adult fiction. When they're not writing, they can be found baking,
gardening, making art in other mediums, or hiking their beloved Pacific
Northwest. They live in an intentional community in Seattle with their
partner and chosen family. This is their debut novel.
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Rating details

2,164 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 31% (667)
4 45% (974)
3 20% (430)
2 4% (77)
1 1% (16)
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