Between perfect and real

Ray Stoeve

Book - 2021

After being cast as Romeo in the school play, Dean realizes he wants everyone to see him as he really is, a male, and not just play one on the stage, despite the risk of losing everything.

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Subjects
Genres
Theatrical fiction
Published
New York : Amulet Books 2021.
Language
English
Physical Description
300 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 12 and Up.
ISBN
9781419746017
1419746014
9781419746024
1419746022
Main Author
Ray Stoeve (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Dean has known for a while that he's a trans guy, but he's not out—not to his friends; his girlfriend, Zoe; or his parents, and certainly not to his castmates in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, in which he was recently cast as Romeo. Everyone thinks Dean's a lesbian, and he's intent on keeping it that way until he can get into NYU and escape with Zoe to New York City. But as he gets deeper into his role of Romeo, he realizes that finally being able to perform on stage as a guy might be just what he needs to gain the courage to come out. In this dazzling debut, Stoeve paints an empathetic picture of a coming-out experience populated with lovable, flawed supporting characters. Difficult, raw moments between Dean and his parents—who didn't react well when he told them he was a lesbian—and between Dean and Zoe are offset by his relationships with a diverse found family of compassionate LGBTQ+ friends who support and accept him, a rare gem in young adult literature. Dean's story is tender, emotional, honest, and unafraid to face both the pain and joy of coming out. Through Dean's authentic and hopeful voice, Stoeve expertly crafts a powerful exploration of who we can become when we have the courage to choose our own paths. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Dean has known for a while that he's a trans guy, but he's not out—not to his friends; his girlfriend, Zoe; or his parents, and certainly not to his castmates in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, in which he was recently cast as Romeo. Everyone thinks Dean's a lesbian, and he's intent on keeping it that way until he can get into NYU and escape with Zoe to New York City. But as he gets deeper into his role of Romeo, he realizes that finally being able to perform on stage as a guy might be just what he needs to gain the courage to come out. In this dazzling debut, Stoeve paints an empathetic picture of a coming-out experience populated with lovable, flawed supporting characters. Difficult, raw moments between Dean and his parents—who didn't react well when he told them he was a lesbian—and between Dean and Zoe are offset by his relationships with a diverse found family of compassionate LGBTQ+ friends who support and accept him, a rare gem in young adult literature. Dean's story is tender, emotional, honest, and unafraid to face both the pain and joy of coming out. Through Dean's authentic and hopeful voice, Stoeve expertly crafts a powerful exploration of who we can become when we have the courage to choose our own paths. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After being cast as Romeo in the school play, Dean realizes he wants everyone to see him as he really is, a male, and not just play one on the stage, despite the risk of losing everything.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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?