A new kind of bighearted audiobook about being seen for who you really are.
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she's determined not to get too close to anyone.
But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can't help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda's terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won't be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda's been keeping? It's that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life and her new love?
If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different - and a love story that everyone will root for.
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It help me deal with my prejudices through a really engaging story, read by a terrific narrator. This is a book that lots of young people should read and a lot of educators as well. I was forced to grapple with, and I am still grappling with what I would have done if I were any of the characters: amazingly complicated.
The V/o work was unstoppable.
But as a trans woman I really don't see much of a conflict in the story. I get that she had a troubled passed and as a character the story did what it could to show me that. But by the time the story first started . She already over came everything. She had a surgery, she's apparently gorgeous,has new accepting friends, and has a hard bodied jock for a boyfriend girls oogle at .Every one she did tell was supportive by the time the story reached the beginning none of the things she already beat mattered because she did it already. I know it jumped time but i thought was disappointing .
I guess the boyfriend
I don't because Hollywood screws up any trans thing.
This was a really good audiobook! I felt that I could really understand the emotional struggle the main character went through. I felt that I could understand her pain, her fear, and her desire to be loved and accepted for who she is. I also felt that I could understand her growth and strength in accepting who she is and how the support and love her parents helped as well. I like how the book can't be engaged and thirsting to want to know what would happen next! I am thankful for Meredith Russo sharing this story!
I'm a clinical psychology doctorate student. I love to read a good romance or ya novel to escape from the everyday stresses of life.
I would definitely recommend this book to any friend from the LGBTQ community. It also gives an interesting perspective for allies. Part of me wanted to listen in one sitting. Other times, I found myself walking away from this title from getting too much of the feels associated with being a teenager at a new school, with new friends (some less trustworthy than others), etc. Like Amanda, I found myself not wanting to fall too hard into the love story part of the book. I definitely felt my heart breaking and healing while listening to this book.
Coming from a transgender girl of 23, this book just captures the feelings and emotions I feel and have felt for so many years, so perfectly. It doesn't fit every trans persons story exactly, but I do think many people can still really connect to it. For me, having transitioned and had surgery, and living "stealth", it literally felt like Amanda could have been me had I come out a few years earlier than I did. This was one of the first times I've actually felt like the author was speaking to me. The audio performance was amazing. Samia captured who Amanda was, and throughout many parts you can feel her emotion come through as she sat behind that microphone narrating the book. Absolutely an incredible story and listen, I highly recommend. And I just want to say thank you to the author Meredith Russo for writing this. It really means a lot. Thank you.
I feel like this book needed an epilogue for something to really bring it to completion. I was a bit of a field by the end but the overall story was decent.
Plot: If I Was Your Girl opened with a nervous Amanda starting her first day at a new school. I liked that Russo interwove elements from Amanda's past throughout the novel so that readers were continuously learning about Amanda and her family dynamic. If I Was Your Girl was a slow book, but that was because the true focus was on Amanda's relationships with the people around her. It was an easy read and the mix of past and present scenes really drew me into discovering Amanda. If I Was Your Girl didn't spend a lot of time on Amanda's transition, which made it effortless to accept Amanda as nothing more than a young 16-year old girl.
Characters: Amanda was a darling girl that I empathized with on so many levels. Her relationship with her family was rocky at times, but everyone had Amanda's best interest in mind. It was funny because I found myself relating to the parents more times than not. I wanted to keep Amanda safe in a world that didn't understand the trans community. There was no true villain in If I Was Your Girl, just various people struggling with life. The relationship between Amanda and Grant was innocent and beautiful and I liked how the teens complimented each other.
Worldbuilding: Amanda relocated to the rural South to live with her estranged father after an incident at her old school. Her father was clearly trying to adjust to life with a teenaged daughter, but he also had the habit of trying to shield her from the bigots. Russo's description of Amanda's new home was nothing short of charming, but there was always the danger lurking in the background. Despite the stereotypes that come with the South, I found Russo's portrayal to be fun and fair.
Narrator Performance: Samia Mounts breathed life into Amanda for me. She gave Amanda a voice of innocence and unbridled happiness, but then could cry her sadness and uncertainty. I wish I could leave my glowing review of Mounts' performance at that, but unfortunately, I could hear her licking her lips every now and then, and that is not a pleasant sound to have in your ears for eight hours.
Short N Sweet: If I Was Your Girl is an important coming-of-age story that explores various relationships. I highly recommend to everyone!
No words can express how I feel after reading this book . I am and forever a fan . As a 29 year old transgender woman I felt like i had walked in Amanda's shoes per say . I think any human being who reads this book will gain insight into a trans persons mind , world , whatever . I can't even put into words about this book . truly amazing would not begin to describe , outstanding , marvelous all of the above . it felt so real like walking besides her on her journey . I can't wait to see what Meredith writes next . and the narrator kept me on edge the whole story amazing job . in so many words I love it .
Enjoy romance, erotic, and YA
This is a YA book about a high school student who has undergone surgery to change genders. She has moved to a new school and is making friends. The students are not aware of the transformation. It's an interesting read for me since I work in a high school and we do have a transgender in our school. It was worth my credit.
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