Reader Reviewed If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

If I Was Your Girl

Written by Meredith Russo

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June 2016 Debut of the Month Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she's falling in love with. Amanda has a secret. At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out...

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Teens & YA's love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our older Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Lola Bridgeman, age 18 - 'Beautifully expressed, from the heart, Meredith Russo is a name that should stand up alongside other set texts as an exemplary piece of work for parents and children alike...A powerful debut!'
  • Phoebe Allen, age 16 - 'within the first chapter, I was completely drawn in and I was totally caught up on the confusing, unjust and sometimes frightening world of Amanda...A thought provoking story, which I would definitely recommend!'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 18 - 'Not your average read but so thought-provoking and important.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'What a fantastic story, the plot was amazing! I loved reading this book and hope the author does more.'
  • Maisie Caitin Sadler, age 14 - 'A touching and very emotional story.'
  • Katie Miller, age 14 - 'Best book I've read in ages. I absolutely loved it. It's so difficult to put down. The idea is so clever and original and the execution is fantastic. Excellent book.'


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

My name is Amanda. I’m 18. When you look at me, you might see that I’m pretty and popular; you might think my life is easy. But being me has never been easy. Because I haven’t always been Amanda. When I was born, I was named Andrew. Now, at my new school, I finally feel like myself. But do I owe my new friends the truth about my past?

Based on the author’s own experience as a transgender woman, this is a compelling twist on the classic US high school romance, set in the American South.


“If I Was Your Girl is important and necessary and brave, and deeply, electrically inspiring. We should all walk in Amanda’s shoes, whether we think we can relate to her or not. Because who can’t relate to a story about having the courage to be the person you were meant to be?” Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

“If I Was Your Girl is real and raw and layered and wonderful.” Alex Gino author of George

“This book will change minds and open hearts.” Nina Lacour, author of Everything Leads to You

“A coming-of-age with real world gravitas and a love story with heart. Will not only keep readers hooked, it will make the world a better, more empathetic place.” Adi Alsaid, author of Let’s Get Lost

“Meredith Russo’s debut is poignant and rare. If I Was Your Girl is the type of book you read and want to immediately share, because it’s too important to keep to yourself.” Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’

About the Author

Meredith Russo was born, raised and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back. If I Was Your Girl was partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games and Star Wars.

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304 pages


Meredith Russo
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st June 2016




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