If I Was Your Girl (audiobook)
by Meredith Russo
Amanda is an average teenage girl. She moves in with her dad after living with her mom since their divorce, so she has a little adapting to do. Amanda is also new to being female, having been born Andrew. She starts at a new school and quickly meets friends who are unaware of her transgender status. Several boys become aware of her beauty, and she starts dating a boy who loves her, and doesn’t want to know any of her secrets, so he doesn’t know about her being transgender. Amanda enjoys having friends and being able to be who she really is, until her past comes out.
What I liked about this book was the insight I as a reader was given into a world I cannot relate to and have no experience with. I am not transgender and I don’t have any trans friends. I worked briefly with a transgender woman in a school setting, and that is my limited knowledge, except when it comes to reading. I have no problems with people who identify differently than I do, but I think that reading helps to build understanding, which helps to break down ignorance and intolerance, so I am learning as I live, and hoping I can help my students also build understanding and compassion.
What I didn’t like about this book was that it really bothered me when Amanda left the homecoming dance and ran into a guy who attempted to assault her. I have never been sexually assaulted, but I have a very hard time reading about it, and this seemed particularly vicious.
Book 61 of 40 (40 Book Challenge)
School is out! Woot woot! I blasted past my 40 book goal!