If I Was your Girl

If I Was your Girl

Book - 2016
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Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250078407
1250078407
Branch Call Number: YA RUSSO
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 22 cm

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Amanda Hardy’s start at a new school is going well: she finds some friends, and a boy who shows interest in her. However, Amanda doesn’t necessarily want to be noticed.


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elliottolin
Nov 14, 2018

A wonderful transgender coming of age story. At first, it seems like a sweet teen romance, but it turns out to be much more.

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adoo
May 21, 2018

WOW!!! AMAZING,WONDERFUL,BRAVE,BEAUTIFUL ,HILARIOUS.
I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time. Wish I could go and live in the story with her.

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kygrey
May 15, 2018

A lot of good reviews about this book I think are only warranted because it comes from the perspective of an actual trans person. For transgender readers looking for a validating and encouraging story, I advise looking to the back of the book where the author pens a letter to her fellow trans people, as well as one separately for allies. It will tell you in advance what you can expect and why she is disappointed she could not paint a more realistic picture of life as a transgender teenager. I also feel it appropriate to warn that the love interest's reactions to the protagonist's transgender status is violent and awful to read about. Not something that made me as a reader want to revisit the book any time soon. There is forced outing, small degrees of acceptance, but overall not an uplifting tale. I think it's fair for the author to write a book like this, but definitely seems like a book for ally's understanding more than healing or optimism for trans readers.

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ruthiebayot
Feb 21, 2018

This is an amazing book with a great purpose. When I first saw it on the shelves of the library, I thought it was just another romance novel but it was so much more than just that. The story is really one of a kind and it's now one of my favorites. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

This book is an amazing account of what it is like growing up transgender in the south.

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lucyowen
Nov 12, 2017

A truly amazing book that tells a story that is so many others. Has important lessons and really portrays a struggle. I definetly reccomend!

RDPL_Teens Aug 09, 2017

I loved his book! I loved how it spoke about the experience of a young transgendered woman from her perspective. I loved that it was written by a member of the transgender community and loosely based on her own experience and that it didn't end as I thought it would. It caused me to examine some of my own assumptions or biases during the course of my reading it too, which was so valuable. Excellent YA read!

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kwsmith
Jun 25, 2017

This charming young adult novel tells the story of Andrew's transition into Amanda and Amanda's journey to self-acceptance while navigating the perilous waters of a small town high school. Parts of the book are based on the the author's real-life experiences as a trans woman. The transgender issues and experiences make this novel worth reading; however, the story itself closely follows the typical girl-meets-boy romance formula.

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PinesandPrejudice
Jun 07, 2017

This is an important book. I enjoyed learning about the transgender community through the eyes of Amanda. Her story is good and honest and raw and I enjoyed the layers and multiple perspectives. I found myself wanting more from this book: more substance, more story (longer -- it's a short ass book), richer language, more detail, and more conflict. It didn't feel like enough for me and I struggled with how it was written, which seemed basic. Overall, it was a good book and I think it is vital and is a great addition to LGBTQA+ literature; I feel as if it could have been more than it was.

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Forest_fox
Apr 17, 2017

This is definitely now one of my favorite books. I read it so fast, it really drew me in and I couldn't put it down. Really worth reading.

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adoo
May 21, 2018

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

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adoo
May 21, 2018

Important and Brave. Read this wonderful book. Just read it.
-Jennifer Niven.

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adoo
May 21, 2018

''Real and Raw and Layered and Wonderful.''
-Alex Gino

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shayshortt
Jun 14, 2016

From the Author's Note: “It’s okay if you’re different from Amanda. She isn’t real, and you are.”

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shayshortt
Jun 14, 2016

“There are enough people waiting to crap in your cereal without you doing it for them.”

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shayshortt
Jun 14, 2016

Sexual Content: Attempted sexual assault

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shayshortt
Jun 14, 2016

Violence: Attempted sexual assault Gay bashing

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shayshortt
Jun 14, 2016

Looking for a fresh start, Amanda Hardy transfers to Lambertville High, going to live with her estranged father for the first time since her parents’ divorce. She plans to keep her head down, blend in, and finish her senior year of high school. Then she wants to move up north for university, and hopefully escape some of the prejudice and fear that drove her out of her school in Atlanta, where everyone knew that Amanda had recently transitioned. But when she meets and falls for Grant, her plans to lie low in Lambertville become a lot more complicated. She wants Grant to accept all of her, including her history, but coming out in Lambertville may be even riskier than it was in Atlanta.

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