Between Perfect and Real

Ray Stoeve

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ young adult
emotional medium-paced

304 pages | first published 2021

Take the Mic contributor Ray Stoeve's Between Perfect and Real, about a closeted trans boy who realizes after he's cast as Romeo in the school play that he can't go back to being seen as a girl when he steps off the stage, to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet, in a two-book deal.

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emotional 100%
hopeful 75%
reflective 75%
inspiring 50%
challenging 25%
informative 25%


slow 50%
fast 50%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 50%

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