Between Perfect and Real

Ray Stoeve

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ young adult
emotional slow-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 83%
hopeful 83%
reflective 66%
inspiring 50%
challenging 33%
informative 16%
sad 16%


fast 50%
slow 33%
medium 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 40%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

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