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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:
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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.”


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


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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