If I Was Your Girl
A new kind of big-hearted novel 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 m...more
I totally forgot to review this when I finished it (mainly because it was like 3 am when I finished it, wow) but I really enjoyed it! My only qualm is sort of a spoiler, so I don't want to talk about it too much, but overall I found this to be a super enjoyable read. I think this is the first YA book with a trans main character I've ever read that wasn't your typical "coming ...more
Instead, it’s important, eye-opening, thought-provoking and emotional.
It all depends on what you want. If you want to read a book that you’ll breeze through while laughing and smiling and just having a great time, If I Was Your Girl is not the right pick.
This is the type of story you read because you want to learn more about the LGBT community, want to support them in an indi ...more
This is definitely a cute, sweet book that finds an equal balance with some intense subject matter. It was a lovely reading experience to be able to be smiling with giddiness one moment, but feeling heartbroken and wanting to cry the next. Definitely a book with a whirlwind of emotions!
If I Was Your Girl was the first book I've read with a trans main character, and I'm definitel ...more
Still, in my eyes, there are two major obstacles that prevent this from being a truly great book rather than "just" a solid/worthw ...more
"It's easy to act like my past never happened, but it feels like I've put up this wall around my heart that stops me from being really close with him."
"You know walls are there for a reason though, right?… They keep things safe and they keep things from falling apart."
reviewing this book in terms of whether it is "good" or "not good" is almost irrelevant, because it's one of those books that needs to exist for rea ...more
I was going to not post anything in my review space and make some sort of disclaimer instead stating “sometimes you just probably shouldn’t write anything at all,” but then I saw my friend Rachel had already done that and I didn’t really want to get sued for plagiarism, so here I am. Instead of leaving nothing, I’m going to use the author’s own words . . . . .
“I have, in some ways, cleaved to stereotypes and even bent rules to make Am ...more
Amanda is a teenager who has transitioned from a boy to a girl. She moves from her mother's to her somewhat estranged father's town to start over in a new school. While ...more
[update: the rumor is true!]
This book is everything. I hope it becomes the game changer that it's poised to be. Amanda is an incredibly real, fully-fleshed girl with a tremendous heart and tremendous hope, even when she questions it. This is a story that isn't about transitioning in the sense of changing from male to female; it's a book about transitioning into the next places, where you find your footing, where you're having a n ...more
I read this book in 2 days, which is rare for me. It's a debut novel and therefore I found some writing elements to be weak, but this story is SO. SO. IMPORTANT.
I think anyone, regardless of their age or identity would get something valuable out of this book. This book is intended for readers who are cis, trans, and anyone in between. You may see yourself in Amanda, or you may see yourself in her peers or parents.
This would be such an ...more
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Absolutely adored this book, even if it did manage to rip my heart out a few times.
Trigger warnings for this book are: suicide, bullying, and rape.
If I was Your Girl follows a young transwoman who has is going to live with her estranged father because of the relentless bullying at her old school. ...more
"I should have been born a girl."
First and foremost, I should mention I am a cis woman. My review is limited by my own experiences, which has unfortunately not included actual face-to-face contact with a trans person.
Now that that's out of the way, I did think If Was Your Girl was a teensy unrealistic. But, BUT— *dodges flying tomato* not the kind you think. My beef is with how easily Amanda is accepted into the social fold. First day at school and she's already got two male admirers and four ...more
Thank you Flat Iron Books for the free review copy!
This would have been a four star book because I thought it was a well-rounded story about Amanda becoming confident in herself and transforming into someone brave and self-assured, but I took off an entire star because the way that she was outed was so cruel and unnecessary. I could feel it coming from early on in this book so it wasn’t shocking—other than the fact that it was really obnoxious ...more
This is not that.
I legit loved it, from the dedication to the author's note to the book itself, and will be rec-ing the shit out of it for the next year and beyond. So happy to finally have a trans book by a trans author in YA from a big publisher, and the fact that there's even trans rep on the cover is just the perfect icing. ...more
I can't even think properly right now, because this book .... THIS BOOK guys.
The story was amazing, I really like the dual-time aspect because it helped me to understand Amanda a lot more, to see where she's coming from and how much she went through.
I loved the romance, the way Grant and Amanda just 'clicked' like she said so well, the Stars Wars references, the cute moments, this ...more
What's new from this book for me is that now I got to see how a fully transgender people like Amanda socializes at high school where no one knows her story. ...more
I love being a woman. It is a huge part of who I am, and I would be devastated if tomorrow someone told me I had to be a man because that's who I really was. My heart breaks for trans people when I think about the incredible amount of difficulties they face, simply for being themselves. And the amount of people who can't be themselves due to fear for their own safety.
As many more before me ...more
This is an ownvoices book about a transwoman called Amanda who moves schools in order to live with her father. It follows her becoming situated in the town, and trying to navigate high school life, whilst not outing herself as trans to those she meets.
I think this was definitely a strong debut, the prose really carried me through this book and so it was a quick and easy read ...more
"I wasn't sorry I existed any more. I deserved to live. I deserved to find love. I knew now - I believed, now - that I deserved to be loved."
I cried a grand total of 4 times during this book, not counting the tear I shed at the Author's Note at the very end.
It is very brave to be transgender in this world, and it's even braver to write a book about a transgender character based on your experiences as trans. I know nearly everyone who's ...more
Um livro importante que devia ser lido por todos, sendo a autora transexual não tenham receio de não ficarem bem informados, pois não sendo um livro explícito sobre a transição, informa bem alguns passos do processo físico e psicológico da protagonista. Gostei muito e espero ler mais livros dentro deste tema que me façam ganhar mais conhecimento sobre o assunto.
Pela diversidade de personagens que o apresen ...more
On other levels it is a pretty "typical" teen novel, in the sense that Amanda discovers that she is not the only one with secrets, not the only one living with high stakes should those secrets be uncovered, and the surrounding ...more
"Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But she 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. Amanda used to be Andrew."
As I was reading this book I was a little disappointed. Because this is such a hugely important subject matter. We need more own voices YA novels about trans issues but this one just seemed a little b ...more