If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Reviewed by Ofilia
About: 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.
Ofilia’s Thoughts: This is such a timely topic that explores an incredibly difficult situation. Amanda is trying to start over by moving in with her father after an ugly incident at her old school. Imagine trying to live your life “normally” while trying to hide something so fundamental to your identity. Amanda is constantly having to second guess who she can trust and what she can share about herself. She often feels like she is lying because she cannot be completely honest about her history, however lying is essential for her own safety. Russo does not shy away from questions about friendships and dating. She also shows the ugliness and hatred that Amanda has had to endure. There are no easy answers here and even though the end is tied up a bit too tidily in my opinion, this is a worthy view into a world that is reality for many teens today.