Saturday, 5 November 2016

Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Published by Usborne Publishing 
Released 1st June 2016
304 Pages
Paperback

Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school.

Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she's falling in love with.

Amanda has a secret.

At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.

A book about loving yourself and being loved for who you really are.

Thoughts

Working in a bookshop has it's advantages but also it's disadvantages. One of them is the fact that I always seem to leave with a new book after my shift. However, it does help me to discover new books and find out about new releases, so there is always a plus. I discovered If I Was Your Girl a few weeks ago and was instantly sucked in by the gorgeous cover and the description. Definitely a book that was going to be right up my street.

All Amanda Hardy wants to do is fit in and make new friends at her new school. However, Amanda has a secret and is holding back. Especially from Grant, the guy that she is starting to fall in love with. Amanda's secret is that at her old school she used to called Andrew, and secrets like that always have a way of getting out and destroying people around them. 

This wasn't the first book I'd read featuring transgender characters. I'd read The Art of being Normal last year. However, what I found different about If I Was Your Girl was that we really got inside of Amanda's head to find out about her and why she was holding back. Her feelings were very prominent and at times were very emotional, causing me to get teary eyed. The way that the story moved back and forth in time was also really intriguing. I felt that by knowing her back story I got to know Amanda on a one to one basis. Some of the scenes from her past were quite harrowing, mind you so just keep that in mind if you are going to read this.

Stories about transgender characters aren't as popular as I think they should be, so this was certainly a breath of fresh air and a big eye opener. The problems that Amanda faced on a day to day basis were very brave and I don't think I would be able to face them problems. I find Amanda to be a modern day heroine, but not in the sense that you think. The way she handled her transition from a man to a woman and how she got through all the tough times was you can say very inspirational. I also loved how the characters that she met and got close to throughout the book were all supportive of her even when they found out about her past. Her relationship with Grant was rather cute I thought, and despite everything you could tell that he cared deeply for her. I admit at first I thought he was going to be the typical jock, but soon enough them thoughts subsided and I grew to love him as a character and love interest. 

I throughly enjoyed If I Was Your Girl and found it to be very eyeopening and something that pushed the boundaries of young adult contemporary fiction. The fact that it was written by someone who had been through what Amanda went through is outstanding. It certainly shows through the amazing storyline, incredible emotional words and originality. If you are going through the same troubles as Amanda or just want something eyeopening you definitely need to read this.

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Author Bio

Meredith Russo was born, raised, and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back. If I Was Your Girl was partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games and Star Wars.

If I Was Your Girl is her debut novel, but definitely not her last. When she's not busy writing she can be found reblogging pictures of cats and babies, reading high literature (and definitely not fanfiction and fantasy novels), arguing with strangers about social justice, and, of course, raising her two amazing children, Vivian and Darwin.



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