If I Was Your Girl

Finished If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

I got a copy of this book at ALA on the first day.  The second day, I ran into Meredith Russo while she was in line for Beast and I was on my way to somewhere else.  I am so happy that I hadn’t read this book when I saw her, because I already fangirled plenty.  (“I GOT YOUR BOOK YESTERDAY I AM SO EXCITED TO READ IT”)  She gave me a hug, but if I had already read it, my level of enthusiasm would’ve gotten me a restraining order.  I am not even kidding or exaggerating.

I knew when I started it that it would become one of my favorite books.  I immediately loved Amanda, even though my heart absolutely broke for her.  (And she’s lucky, comparatively speaking! Her mom is supportive and so is her dad, even if he’s incredibly overprotective*; she’s conventionally pretty and can afford surgery and also can pass as a girl.)  But I spent the entire book scared that her secret would come out and that she’d be hurt.  Although, to be fair, I ALSO spent the entire book incredibly proud of how much she was blossoming in her new town—making friends and getting a sweet boyfriend.  (Team Amanda!)

Highly recommended.

* = Which he has to be because, statistically speaking, Amanda is much more likely to be beaten or killed, just for being transgender.

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