February 27, 2017 by Zoë
Amanda has moved to a new town in order to put the past behind her. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo follows her story as she slowly begins to find a place for herself in her new high school, makes friends, and even gets a boyfriend. But Amanda has a secret: she’s transgender, and she’s not sure if she can trust anyone with that secret.
Obviously there need to be more books with main characters who are transgender. Especially books that are, on the whole, positive, which this book is. Amanda makes good friends and is easily accepted in her new school. She’s popular and well-liked.
Her parents also accept her and support her. They express concern about her safety, but (at least in the present) not about who she is.
Even when things go badly, they ultimately end on a positive note and Amanda still has a lot of support. These are all really important things to have in a book like this.
So I say this all the time when I talk about the bad aspects of a book, but that’s because I hate it so much: insta-love. So much insta-love. And while it’s nice that Amanda gets a boyfriend easily, it was also so hard to buy.
The plot also wasn’t terribly interesting. It was standard high school drama without anything really new or different. Then again, maybe that’s also what a book like this needs: standard plot points, but with a main character who’s transgender.
Oh and there were very cringey Star Wars references. I’m trying to forget those.
I enjoyed this and really appreciated the author’s note at the end. This is an important sort of book. Now there need to be more.
“I like you more than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s just–there are things that are really hard to say.”