After I read "Parrotfish" by Ellen Wittlinger, I wondered why on earth people kept comparing it - often putting it down in the process - with another novel about transgendered teens, "Luna" by Julie Ann Peters. So I read "Luna" (though the first Julie Ann Peters book I read was "Between Mom and Jo" which pretty much rocked) and finished it yesterday.
And here are ...
Reasons to like "Parrotfish":
1. It's a riot.
2. It will stay with you because it's hilarious AND touching AND infuriating.
3. The main character's first-person narration is pretty much priceless. Grady. Rocks.
4. It gave Benjamin the idea to get me a bottle of organic peppermint shampoo for Christmas.
Reasons to like "Luna":
1. It's intense and fascinating.
2. It's really multifaceted.
3. It rips at your heart really hard. You know ... in a good way.
I can't help it. I think I like "Parrotfish" just a little bit more. But "Luna" will never leave my heart.
P.S. I just started another Julie Ann Peters novel. It's called "Far From Xanadu." Methinks this Julie Ann Peters is a really marvelous writer.