If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
THE TRUTH ISN’T EASY.
Interests/Topics: LGBTQ, acceptance, family, romance, bullying, identity, gender roles
Curriculum Connections: English, Health and Physical Education
Blurb: My senior year of high school was pretty awesome. First off, it was senior year…we were the oldest in the school and we were on the cusp of adulthood: freedom was just around the corner and we could taste it. And I had it even better than most of my classmates—with only three classes to attend, I slept in and left early. I was pretty lucky on the social side of things as well. I had a good group of friends and a boyfriend who escorted me to all the dances. Overall, life was good.
Amanda, in If I Was Your Girl, wants more than anything to have a successful senior year. For Amanda, though, success means keeping her head down, focusing on her studying, and graduating without incident. But when she meets Grant, an interesting, easygoing boy who is determined to get to know her better, Amanda throws caution to the wind and falls in love.
As Amanda and Grant grow closer, Amanda begins yearning to tell Grant the truth about herself and her past. Grant swears that nothing will ever come between them and that anything she shares will only make him love her more.
But how can Amanda tell Grant that she used to be Andrew?
The truth isn’t easy.
Flavour: “I want you to play the honesty game with me,” [said Bee]….”What is it?” I said, already certain I didn’t want to play…. “I don’t think I want to.” I fidgeted in the chair, biting my lip. I imagined all the things I couldn’t tell her. Could never tell anyone.
I looked up at her and took a deep breath. “Do you think I should tell him?” “Hell no!” she said, arching an eyebrow and leaning away from me. “Why would you do that?” “I don’t know,” I said, scrunching my nose and sighing. “I feel like maybe he should know who I am…” “You don’t owe it to him, if that’s what you’re thinking,” she said. “You’re a girl, you’ve always been a girl, you won the genetic lottery when it comes to passing, and he’ll never ever have to know unless he sees your birth certificate for some reason.”