If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Inside cover blurb:

“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.”

-from publisher

Thoughts:

As soon as I started reading this book, I thought to myself, “This one is gonna make me ugly cry.” There were no tears when I did end up finishing it, but man did it hit me right in the feels. This book is so beautiful and so important. Particularly for those who are unaware of the issues trans people face: read this book and open your heart to what it has to say.

Plus: Can I say everything? Definitely read the afterward too, it’s worth it and addressed some questions/concerns I had about the book.

Minus: This book will likely challenge you…but that’s actually a great thing!

If you like this book, try:

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Beast by Brie Spangler- A modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast with an LGBT twist. Beast also doesn’t shy away from difficult subject matter, so be prepared for a challenging read.

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