Between Perfect and Real
  • Imprint: Amulet Books
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2021
  • Price: $18.99
  • Trim Size: 5 12 x 8 14
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-4601-7
  • EAN: 9781419746017
  • Page Count: 304
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World English
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A moving YA debut about a trans boy finding his voice—and himself

Dean Foster knows he’s a trans guy. He’s watched enough YouTube videos and done enough questioning to be sure. But everyone at his high school thinks he’s a lesbian—including his girlfriend Zoe, and his theater director, who just cast him as a “nontraditional” Romeo. He wonders if maybe it would be easier to wait until college to come out. But as he plays Romeo every day in rehearsals, Dean realizes he wants everyone to see him as he really is now––not just on the stage, but everywhere in his life. Dean knows what he needs to do. Can playing a role help Dean be his true self?

About the author

Ray Stoeve is a queer, nonbinary writer from Seattle. They received a 2016–2017 Made at Hugo House Fellowship for their young adult fiction. When they’re not writing, they can be found baking, gardening, making art in other mediums, or hiking their beloved Pacific Northwest. They live in an intentional community in Seattle with their partner and chosen family. This is their debut novel.