The multi-award winning If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo is this week’s staff pick. Eighteen year old transgender woman Amanda has just moved back in with her unsupportive father and is hoping to make it through her senior year unnoticed. Instead, she finds unexpected friendships and a developing relationship. The story brings up several issues in a thoughtful and compassionate way without becoming sentimental. A universal coming of age story for anyone who’s ever felt different.
“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?” —Amazon