Although it has received a great deal of criticism (for reasons I cannot understand), I am a huge advocate of Zoella’s Book Club, and when she announced If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo amongst the Autumn 2016 list, I snapped it up. Having already received a great deal of praise amongst the Bookstagram community, I devoured it for the 2017 Reading Challenge whilst on holiday in France.
Title: If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Category: #23 A book about an interesting woman
“We’re too concerned with the external, with our appearances, with what others think of us, when we should be concerned with the internal, with our hearts.”
If I Was Your Girl is the story of transgender teen, Amanda. Having moved to a new town to live with her father for a fresh start, the novel highlights the difficulties faced by her as an individual, with the themes including bullying, self-harm and friendship.
The character development is expertly executed, and I felt emotionally connected with Amanda and the majority of her friends and family. Ultimately, there is little in the way of plot, rather this is a novel that is heavily dependent on the characters, their actions and the reactions of others.
Being relatively unversed in the realms of transgender literature, I went into this novel with an entirely open mind, and it turned out to be both heart-breaking and uplifting. It is an incredibly important book, one which I would recommend everybody should read, as being written by a transgender author it highlights the difficult situations faced by those in the trans community: however, more literature needs to exist on the subject in order to further educate the general public.
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