Between Perfect and Real

Ray Stoeve


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?

Creator Bio

Ray Stoeve is a queer, nonbinary writer from Seattle, Washington.
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.

Price £12.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 15 April 2021
Pages 304
Height 210mm
Width 140mm
ISBN-13 9781419746017