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If I Was Your Girl

By: Meredith Russo

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis: Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.

Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? There is smoking weed, drinking alcohol, and beatings in this book. Also there is the fact that Amanda lied to Grant for the majority of the book. Yes their relationship was great but people shouldn’t lie to each other in a relationship. I liked reading about the friendship Amanda had with some of the girls, but one of the girls is now someone I despise. Amanda confided in her and she told everyone.

Did it have adequate representation? This book is told in the perspective of a transgendered person named Amanda. I believe that this book did have adequate representation of a whole bunch of different LGBTQ themes.

Did it teach me something or make me think? Yes. This book shows you a glimpse of what it is like to be a transgendered person.

Were the characters memorable? Yes. Amanda and Grant were the most memorable of the characters but then there is also characters like, Parker, Chloe, Anna, Layla, and she who shall not be named.

Was the plot clever? Yes. I really enjoyed the plot of this book. It deals with a topic that is talked about in today’s society, and even looked down upon by some people. So yes the plot was very clever.

Favorite Quotes:

  • “For as long as I could remember, I had been apologizing for existing, for trying to be who I was, to live the life I was meant to lead.”
  • “You can have anything,” she said, “once you admit you deserve it.”
  • “I’m not brave,” I said, smiling despite myself. “Bravery implies I had a choice. I’m just me, you know?
  • “You know walls are there for a reason though, right? They keep things from falling apart.”

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