[PDF / Epub] ★ If I Was Your Girl By Meredith Russo – Publitags.co

I know this is a book that will stay with me It walks a truthful line between queer tragedy and a positive reality, which can be a difficult topic to straddle It is honest, and it is emotional, and it is absolutely a story that everyone will get something out of. I went into this slightly paranoid it would be a generic Book Written To Be Important From reviews, I couldn t tell if people had thought they should enjoy this book or whether they actually had But after only a half hour of the audiobook, I realized this was not a book written just to educate it s a story that stands all on its own There s something very powerful about the story of a girl finally getting to be a girl, finally getting to date and go to the school prom and dance and find a supportive girl gang My heart fucking felt this bookthe lead character Okay The main reason I liked this is because Amanda is written so well Not to be that weird person who only cares about character development again, but she has suuuuuch a strong character voice I finished the book kind of in love with her and also empathizing with her so much Basically, I love Amanda so much 10 10 would protect her with own body Special shoutout to the audiobook narrator for adding to this effect I don t know who the hell this narrator is, but she is a Talent She s also trans, which I think let her understand the experiences far better than a cis reader might have And I have an immense crush on her southern accent I think she might be one of the reasons I fell for this so hard Go audiobook, y allside characters In terms of side characters, I was kind of mixed I thought Amanda, Chloe, Anna, and Layla made a really great girl gang, and I liked how supportive they were Buuuuuuuut they sort of ran together in my head I liked them a lot while reading, but reviewing this, I m sort of thinking of them as Religious Girl, The Gay One, and The One I Don t Even Remember, which isn t a good sign I will say that I have super positive things to say about the love interest Grant is one of the sweetest love interests I have ever seen in YA, and I liked him a lot throughout Except for a few things at the end And in the same vein, there s a certain character in this book who I loved until the endingthe story progression and ending You may have noticed there were several characters I liked until the ending, soooooooo let s talk story progression and tone This starts off as a BIT of a typical YA contemporary with elements that discuss Amanda s feelings as a trans girl, and weirdly, that s what I liked about it It s really nice to have a story like this for trans girls one that s realistic about transphobia in the flashbacks but also not ten fucking hours of torture porn It s a super dark book but also a super hopeful book, which some of you may know is my specific favorite thing in literature The only thing I disliked about this book, really, was the incredibly dark ending segment I thought this book was trying to make itself a book for trans readers to relate to and adore, and I felt that way up until the incredibly cruel outing I will say that it was so obviously the direction the book was going, so it wasn t really a surprise And I think this segment was meant as education for cis readers to really understand how awful life can be for trans women, which is really important, don t get me wrong But can I be totally honest It was really awful to read, and I think it would be even awful to read for a young trans reader I don t mean this in a condescending way at all I mean, I m a seventeen year old very out of the closet cis girl, and I think the ending of this was one of the most difficult to read endings I have read in my whole life I honestly cannot imagine reading this as a fifteen year old closeted trans girl I do think the ending is done pretty well for what it is it ends on a super hopeful note and I respect Meredith Russo for bringing up important topics, like SPOILER the rape of trans women But I couldn t shake the feeling that if this book were published in 2018, Russo would have been able to write something a bit less awful for trans readers reading this Maybe Amanda telling Grant herself Maybe her best friend not outing her to a hundred transphobic people I don t know, man, I just really want Amanda to have the chance to come out herself It s what she deserves But also okay, I do understand this as a writing decision and an opportunity for Amanda to develop I just would ve preferred something differentoverall OVERALL I REALLY LOVE AMANDA AND THEREFORE I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK This is getting on my favorite audiobooks list and I would definitely recommend Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube A New Kind Of Big Hearted Novel About Being Seen For Who You Really AreAmanda 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 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 4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this read It was a super quick, fast paced novel, yet still conquered sensitive topics.This is definitely a cute, sweet book that finds an equal balance with some intense subject matter It was a lovely reading experience to be able to be smiling with giddiness one moment, but feeling heartbroken and wanting to cry the next Definitely a book with a whirlwind of emotionsIf I Was Your Girlwas the first book I ve read with a trans main character, and I m definitely satisfied Especially considering it s written by a trans author, the praise I ve heard about it is definitely deserved I liked how we get a lot of flashbacks from Amanda s past from the time of confusion before her realization that she s a girl, the bullying, the support of her counselor, her suicide attempt aftermath, all combining with her present Her parents reactions were also very interesting as one parental figure is better adjusting to Amanda s growth than the other I think I would never have imagined a parent s experience in this situation had I not read this book As a cis woman, I felt I really learned a lot about the experience people like Amanda go through and it was a very informative and valuable read It made me realize my knowledge on trans issues and what it is like to be a trans person is limited than I previously thought, which was a nice wake up call as well as a push to be educated On a related note, I d really recommend reading the authors note in the back as I feel it includes extremely important information for trans folk and cis readers.I did have a few issues with this book, despite enjoying it overall I think at a lot of points, there was telling than showing this is excluding the flashbacks, obviously It s a fairly short book with short chapters which inevitably made the progression of the story feel very fast without deepening certain scenes I frequently had to reread scenes because important events would occur within just a few sentences and I would be reading the character s reaction before I could even comprehend what had happened I think I would have preferred it to be a bit longer and have the scenes drawn out a bit The climax of the story felt very rushed with too many events packed into what could not have been than an hour or two, it was a little overwhelming and overpowering It s aspects like this that enable you to tell that it s a debut novel, but they are also factors that can be improved with writing experience and time, so I m definitely understanding of these faults.Overall, If I Was Your Girl was a fantastic novel I d highly recommend it to literally anyone, especially if they re interested in a book about a trans person. 3.5 stars It s so very important that books like this are written and published and read, and IF I WAS YOUR GIRL heralds the beginning of a promising new YA imprint at Flatiron Books I m especially heartened by the fact that not only is this a story about a trans girl written by a trans woman, but that the cover art also features a trans model More of this, please Still, in my eyes, there are two major obstacles that prevent this from being a truly great book rather than just a solid worthwhile one But I m glad I read it, and I d be interested in seeing what the author does with a little seasoning Review to come. This was freaking INCREDIBLE, y all.Trigger Warning depression, suicide, suicidal thoughts, severe bullying. congratulations semifinalist in goodreads best young adult fiction category 2016It s easy to act like my past never happened, but it feels like I ve put up this wall around my heart that stops me from being really close with him You know walls are there for a reason though, right They keep things safe and they keep things from falling apart reviewing this book in terms of whether it is good or not good is almost irrelevant, because it s one of those books that needs to exist for reasons that transcend a reader s enjoyment of it.take the first x ray machine was it perfect outta the gate no, but it was the best of its kind at the time and we needed it and it came in handy and it saved some lives the fact that a big five publisher put out a young adult novel about a trans girl s entr e into the dangers and opportunities of high school romance, written by a trans woman and featuring a trans model on its cover would be enough reason to celebrate even had the book been terrible, which it wasn t.it s a very fast read, with a strong narrative voice and a clear story overall it s a little breathy and reference laden for my tastes the rushed tone of a first time novelist who s excited to share her story and maybe not confident enough to let it take its time to unfold naturally, but it s honest and emotionally authoritative, although the author tries to back off a bit from the double edged authenticity label in her afterwords yes, plural one for her trans readers and one for everybody else the boo hiss sibilance of the cis prefix makes my skin crawl, sorry i appreciate her honesty in these postscripts, where she explains her decision to make some aspects of amanda s journey a little easier than it would realistically have been not her emotional journey, but its financial and medical realities, which are glossed over in favor of the important and resonant emotional situations this isn t about self discovery or process, it s about what comes next this is a love story it s a coming of age story and a family re birth story and the fact that it exists at all is a step in the right direction towards making some teenagers less likely to be assholes and other teenagers less lonely, because it s a fucking hard path to be on.russo does a good job covering the various angles parents who are supportive or at least want to be supportive but fear so much for their child s safety, knowing how much of the world is made of assholes, the social clumsiness of people who mean well but don t always know what s appropriate, the weight of the constant and casual sexual assessment of men, and the fear of misplaced trust which i think is the best part of this book and the reason it was smart to not get bogged down in the medical or physical components this is a really fast paced book, where the pacing allows the details to blur as the reader is carried along although there are obviously many elements specific to the trans experience, there s also so much that s universal here this could be any YA romance with a secret any girl worried a boy won t like her any when he finds out her past I buried my face in his neck and breathed him in again I thought about what he had said, that I could tell him anything, and I knew that he was right or at least he thought he was But until the moment he learned the truth, I couldn t know how he would feel, and that was a risk I wasn t ready to take.as simple and straightforward as that is, it s the elegant simplicity that cements it into truth you can trust anyone until you can t, and it s so hard to know where those lines are drawn, when a miscalculation can have consequences beyond some harmless gossip so yeah, it s an important book, and it s such a fast read that it s generally easy to overlook the first novel jitters, although it needs to be said that view spoiler the star wars homecomingposal scene was intensely cheesy and absurd hide spoiler screams from the rooftop READ THIS BOOK The thing with If I Was Your Girl is that it s not exactly entertaining, enthralling, extremely interesting or surprising.Instead, it s important, eye opening, thought provoking and emotional.It all depends on what you want If you want to read a book that you ll breeze through while laughing and smiling and just having a great time, If I Was Your Girl is not the right pick.This is the type of story you read because you want to learn about the LGBT community, want to support them in an indirect way or try to understand their lives and themselves better.Or maybe you want something inspiring to remember that there is still goodness in this corrupted world.It s a beautiful story about a transgender girl named Amanda who wants to survive high school After recent heart shattering events, she is sent to her father s house to finish her senior year in high school and start anew.She makes many friends, even lands herself a boyfriend Life is good to her She has never been happier But of course, all good things come to an end, and she is again faced with terrible obstacles.I was half bored as I was reading this book It helped that the chapters and the story itself were short and that there were no unnecessary scenes or long descriptions it was very straight to the point I didn t have a problem finishing the story thanks to all of that, but I wasn t that impressed by it You see, transgender or not, Amanda goes through situations with her parents and peers similar to almost any member of the LGBT community And since I have read than a hundred LGBT MM romance FF romance books in my life, it was nothing new from my perspective.But I still loved the main character, and even though the romance is not exactly surprising or swoon worthy, it s still very sweet.I have seen countless reviewers complain about the sugar coating and lack of authenticity, and I m left perplexed by that What happens to Amanda is harsh She did get it good at first the friends, the boyfriend, the attention but I didn t feel as if it wasn t realistic You may wonder, What does she know She s not transgender To which I reply, Indeed, my friends, I am not, but a world where it is impossible for people like Amanda to have such loving parents, make true friends who will stick with her no matter what and get such a beautiful happily ever after is not a world I want to live in Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin Read for Book Riot s 2017 Read Harder Challenge 15 Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ I totally forgot to review this when I finished it mainly because it was like 3 am when I finished it, wow but I really enjoyed it My only qualm is sort of a spoiler, so I don t want to talk about it too much, but overall I found this to be a super enjoyable read I think this is the first YA book with a trans main character I ve ever read that wasn t your typical coming out story, but rather was just about a teenage girl living her life Yes, she had been through a lot bullying, transphobia, etc but at the time the book takes place, everything is good I loved that, because most books like this usually focus on the negative side of what most trans people go through, but this one focused on her being happy and enjoying her life The coming out stories are just as important, but this book felt like one of the first that really normalizes trans people at least in YA and I absolutely loved that about it also ownvoices what what