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If I was your girl /

by Russo, Meredith [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2016.Edition: First edition.Description: 280 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781250078407; 1250078407.Subject(s): Transgender youth -- Juvenile fiction | Gender identity -- Juvenile fiction | Sex change -- Juvenile fiction | High schools -- Juvenile fiction | Secrecy -- Juvenile fiction | Love -- Fiction | Secrets -- Fiction | Transgender people -- Fiction | Gender identity | High schools | Secrecy | Sex change | Transgender youth | Love -- Fiction | Love -- Juvenile fiction | Sex change -- Juvenile fiction | Sex change -- Fiction | High schools -- Juvenile fiction | High schools -- Fiction | Secrets -- Fiction | Secrets -- Juvenile fiction | Secrecy -- Juvenile fiction | Secrecy -- Fiction | Gender identity -- Juvenile fiction | Gender identity -- Fiction | Young adult fiction | Fiction | Juvenile works | Romance fiction | Young adult works | Romance fiction | Young adult fiction | Romance fiction -- Juvenile fiction | Romance fictionSummary: 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.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are.

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she's determined not to get too close to anyone.

But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can't help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda's terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won't be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda's been keeping? It's that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?

Meredith Russo's If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different--and a love story that everyone will root for.

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.

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After being beaten up in a mall bathroom, eighteen-year-old transgender woman Amanda goes to live with her previously unsupportive father in Lambertville, Tennessee, where no one knows her from her pre-transition life. Though she's determined to lie low while finishing high school, she finds unexpected friendships with a trio of churchgoing Baptist girls and with art classmate Bee, a bisexual girl secretly in a relationship with one of them. Even more unexpected is her blossoming relationship with tender and respectful Grant, who has a complicated past of his own. Caught between her father's admonitions to "keep [her] head down," on the one hand, and her yearning to be open, on the other, Amanda struggles to determine how much of herself to share with the world. (Unlike many, Amanda "won the genetic lottery when it comes to passing.") Flashbacks to Amanda's life pre-, during, and post-suicide attempt and subsequent transition are interspersed throughout the narrative. There is no gratuitous trauma, and Amanda's story is neither overly sentimental nor didactic. Russo, herself a trans woman living in Tennessee, crafts a thoughtful, truthful, and much needed coming-of-age tale. kazia berkley-cramer (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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