Title: If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Published Date: May 3rd 2016
Goodreads Synopsis: Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda 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.
And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.
Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.
If I was your girl is a story about a transgendered girl who moved to a town called Lamberville in Tennessee mainly to have a new/fresh start and away from her past. And just like any other girl, Amanda just wants to belong and fit in the crowd. But because of her past experiences she decided that it is better not to get too involved with anyone.
However, she found herself some friends and even got a boyfriend. But of course, as things were just getting good for Amanda her secret (being a transgender) has been revealed by a trusted friend. Betrayal from a friend, heartbreak from a lover and nonacceptance from a father were some of the few issues that Amanda will be able to overcome.
I didn’t have a problem finishing this book because the flow of the story is good and written well, the characters were all realistic. This is an eye-opening and inspiring book that everyone should read to learn more and understand the LGBT community better, this will stimulate of thoughts and emotions. If you were looking for an easy read this book is not what you’re looking for, but, if you’re looking for something raw and realistic this book is the one for you.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the story that I really like to share with you guys.
“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.”
(No one should be sorry that they existed and we all deserve to love and be loved)
“You can have anything,” she said, “once you admit you deserve it.”
(I deserve it. I deserve it. Okay. This will be my new mantra.)
Totally recommending this book for those who are looking for something diverse to read.
Rating: If I was your girl is a beautiful tale that I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars! You guys should read it too!