Friday, June 17, 2016

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

If I Was Your Girl
Amanda made the decision to move in with her father in Lambertville, Tennessee. Starting senior year in a new high school will be stressful, especially with a secret as big as Amanda's. Amanda was born Andrew.

As far back as Amanda could remember, she had seen herself as a girl. It wasn't easy for her parents, and it eventually ended their marriage. She knows she shouldn't feel responsible, but she does.

After a suicide attempt, both Amanda's parents began to understand the extreme unhappiness she feels living as a boy. Hormone replacement and surgery were supposed to fix everything, but Amanda recognized the need to start fresh. The move to Lambertville would give her that opportunity.

Nothing is ever perfect though. Their father/daughter relationship is shaky at best. Making new friends feels good but cam be dangerous if Amanda shares her past with the wrong person. Discovering an awesome looking guy and beginning her first romantic relationship is proving to be exciting but scary as hell. In Lambertville Amanda is able to be herself, but her secret is always lurking below the surface. Who should she tell? When is the right moment?

Author Meredith Russo takes readers into the life of a transgender teen whose bravery is nothing but amazing. As Russo admits in her "note from the author," the character of Amanda makes the transition from male to female in a surprisingly short time with surprising ease, but that isn't the point. Russo wants to let all teens know that living truly and honestly is the real point. Whether you are straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, or other, being true to yourself is not easy but necessary.

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