Rating: 5 stars. Take it all!

Representation: Transsexual protagonist, lesbian and bisexual side characters

TW: Transphobia, rape, suicide and homophobia

“For the boys and girls and those in between who feel alone and afraid, who feel like there’s no way out, who feel like things can never be better than they are now. This book is for all of you.”

Amanda is on her way to Lambertville from Atlanta. She’d be staying with her dad and graduating from school. Only, life is not simple as it seems. Amanda is a hiding a secret from her friends and her boyfriend. Before, Amanda was Andrew. This is a story of a Trans girl who had tried to fit in ever since he was a child and find the courage to overcome her fears after the transition.

If I was your girlΒ is a debut novel byΒ Meredith Russo who is a Trans woman. The cover also features a Trans model.

Why is it, the male love interest of every female protagonist had to be a football player in every YA contemporary book? I don’t have anything against any sport. I only find it repetitive and l wonder what it’d be like to read a book with a male character play a sport other than football.

I find the genre contemporary usually lacks a fast-paced plot. It doesn’t have to be necessarily fast-paced, though. It explores the real themes of life and explores the past, present and the future of a character, the story that they’re a part of. It took me less than a day to read this book. I loved it and I think the representation was, according to me, well written.

As I mentioned in the trigger warning at the beginning, this book also delves into other societal issues such as transphobia, rape, suicide and homophobia.

When we talk about representation, it shouldn’t be present in any form of media just to be there for the sake of it and work as just another marketing policy so as to provide the creator with a foothold in the market. Diversity necessitates representation. If the community or group mentioned in the media is not represented in the way it should be, it’ll only come across as an unjustifiably used tactic of the creator.

I enjoyed this book immensely. The book is a significant and emotional read and a must-read for everyone. The writing is exquisite and thought-provoking. I cannot recommend this book enough.

I don’t think any word of praise is enough to justify my love for this book. I sat down to review it as soon as I finished reading. So, forgive me if it is a little overwhelming. I only hope that my point of why everyone should read this book comes across clear.

“Being a girl in this world means being afraid. That fear’ll keep you safe. It’ll keep you alive.”

Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.







  1. So glad you enjoyed this book! I really loved it when I read it and don’t think it got/gets the attention it deserves. I rarely if ever hear it mentioned in diverse reads list and that’s a shame. Anyway, hope you have a great week!

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    1. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It really is a shame it doesn’t get all the attention it deserves though!
      Thank you! Hope you have a great week and weekend, too! πŸ™‚


  2. Thought provoking review, you got my cogs churning. I might have to add this book to my TBR. Do you feel like this book could relate to high school students? I really liked how you added the interesting fact about the cover of the novel!

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