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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,684 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Katcher Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780307942289
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You only hurt the ones you love.

Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been home schooled for a number of years, and her parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she won’t tell Logan why.

One day, Logan acts on his growing feelings for Sage. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she’s actually a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage and disowns her. But once Logan comes to terms with what happened, he reaches out to Sage in an attempt to understand her situation. But Logan has no idea how rocky the road back to friendship will be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2009:
    "An accessible tone that will resonate with teens."
  • “A sensitive examination of the seldom treated subject of transgender teens.”

    VOYA

  • “Teens—both those familiar with transgender issues and those who are not—will welcome the honest take on a rarely explored subject.”

    Booklist

  • “Katcher flawlessly channels the worried and confused voice of a straight teenage boy in this honest and uncompromising take on transgender love…Tackles issues of homophobia, hate crimes, and stereotyping with humor and grace in an accessible tone that will resonate with teens.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2011 Stonewall Book Award for Children's & YA Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 2/13/2014

    " It just kept going on and on.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thorn MotherIssues | 2/11/2014

    " Teen reading challenge. I was annoyed by the narrator just because he's such a self-absorbed boy, but that's not a real negative. I'm so glad to see something for teens that's well-written and reasonable about a transgender teen. I preferred this to Luna, though they're sort of covering different ground. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niña Davis | 2/2/2014

    " Very tricky in the beginning. Can't really say much without giving anything away. It's such a lovely book and it has you rooting for both characters, even with the surprise. I hated the ending however because it felt like a cliff hanger; leaves you not knowing whether the two characters end up together for good or not. Plenty of plot twists also. Excellent read :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cass | 1/6/2014

    " Quite an interesting topic. Much more from Logan's point of view (the friend of Sage, who is transgendered). At several points I had to remind myself that he is a teenaged boy and not to get too angry at his cruelty. What a shock it would be to find out that the girl you've been after is really a boy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory | 1/6/2014

    " I read this a while ago. I have no idea why I forgot to shelve it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kameron Bagsby | 12/27/2013

    " It was shocking to find out that she was a HE! it really shocked me but it made a point! We still shouldn't judge someone by how they act or what they look like or want to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 12/27/2013

    " Author does an amazing job of presenting multiple viewpoints...very realistic and sometimes difficult to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica Hall | 12/6/2013

    " I really loved this book. I think it opens up insight in to a world people rarely talk about. How painful must teenage life be for a transgender child and the people that love them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Price | 7/19/2013

    " Loved it! Great story, and great introduction to the societal difficulties transgendered people face. It was also lots of fun to see references to places in my town, since the book takes place partly in Columbia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie McEntee | 1/19/2013

    " Along with Luna, this was another extremely important book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikko | 12/7/2012

    " It was a beautiful story. Thought-provoking and eye-opener novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 8/21/2012

    " I had to read this book for a class at UW Madison. I read it in 3 days. I couldn't put it down and somehow thought I was watching a movie in my mind. I laughed I cried. I cried a lot. So glad this was an assignment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole Brown | 2/3/2012

    " Before you even consider reading this... read all of the summary in the cover. I wouldn't have wasted my time reading half of it. Good, but too seriously dramatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 10/24/2011

    " Author does an amazing job of presenting multiple viewpoints...very realistic and sometimes difficult to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maeghan | 10/11/2011

    " Amazing! Great story, but it also brings home some of the tough points of alternative lifestyles. Touching, funny, and tough!!! Definetly worth the read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 10/8/2011

    " I loved Katcher's first book and this one was just as amazing. Katcher brings such a realistic voice to each of his characters. Just as life isn't always perfect, his stories do not always wrap up in a pretty little package, adding credibility to Katcher's storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn | 10/5/2011

    " THIS IS A REALLY GREAT BOOK IT HAS REALLY STRONG FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS!! I WOULD REALLY RECOMEND THIS INCREDIBLE BOOK!! ;D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yh | 9/30/2011

    " I thought of the book that it was good and sad the way that Sage left and did not get back with Sage becuase she left and Logan was starting his life with another girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nayeli | 9/23/2011

    " This book is AMAZING this shows the real life expirience of an 18 year old boy and how he solves his problems with a mysterious girl who you call...Sage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/22/2011

    " I downloaded this book from the Mesquite ISD digital library.
    This book was very intriquing and hard to put down. There is an unexpected and non predictable twist within the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 9/5/2011

    " Painful, beautiful, sad and I wanted a sequel, but this is a book that would probably be lessened by one. Great insight into what it's like to be transgendered. "

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About the Author
Author Brian KatcherBrian Katcher is the author of Playing with Matches, and a school librarian. He lives in Missouri with his wife and daughter. You can visit him on the Web at www.briankatcher.com.
About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.