Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your Girl

Meredith Russo

Flatiron Books

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The award-winning, big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are, and a love story you can't help but root for

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?

Stonewall Book Award Winner
Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for Outstanding Children's Literature
iBooks YA Novel of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
A Zoella Book Club Selection
A Barnes & Noble Best YA Book of the Year
A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
An ABA IndieNext Top 10 Pick
One of Flavorwire’s 50 Books Every Modern Teenager Should Read

Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, ALA Stonewall Book Award - Winner, Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year

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The bus smelled of mildew, machine oil, and sweat. As the suburban Atlanta sprawl disappeared behind us, I tapped my foot on the floor and chewed a lock of my newly long hair. A nagging voice reminded...

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Praise for If I Was Your Girl

ALA Stonewall Book Award Winner
Walter Dean Myers Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature Honor Book
Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
iBooks YA Novel of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
Lambda Literary Award Finalist
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year
A NewYork Public Library Best Book of the Year
A Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best”
A Zoella Book Club Pick
A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
ALA’s 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults List
A YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
A YALSA Teens’ Top 10 Pick
An ABA IndieNext Top 10 Pick

"An illuminating debut guided by hope and overwhelming kindness.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices…full of love, hope, and truth.” —Kirkus, starred review

“This is everything a coming-of-age novel should be—honest, complicated, and meaningful. Transcends the typical ‘issue’ novel to be a beautiful tale in its own right.” —School Library Journal, SLJ Popular Pick

“A thoughtful, truthful, and much-needed coming-of-age tale.” —The Horn Book Review

“This new novel for teens breaks new ground. Powerful.” —O Magazine

“A beautifully rendered YA novel, and the first written by a transgender woman about the transgender teen experience.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A vivid, compassionate portrait of a teen finding her place.” —The Washington Post

"Russo, a trans woman, writes with authority and empathy, giving readers not only an intellectual but also an emotional understanding of Amanda and her compelling story. Never didactic, this debut is a valuable contribution to the slender but growing body of literature of trans teens." —ALA Booklist

“Beautiful, smart, and so urgently needed, If I Was Your Girl should be required reading for every teen—scratch that, every person—in America. This book is exactly what YA is for: to break ground, to break hearts, to teach us empathy, to find the universal in the specific. I loved every word. You will, too.“ Julie Buxbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next

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' and Ramona Blue

If I Was Your Girl is important and necessary and brave, and deeply, electrically inspiring. Read this wonderful book. Just read it.” —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

If I Was Your Girl will change minds and open hearts.” —Nina Lacour, author of We Are Okay, Hold Still, and Everything Leads to You

If I Was Your Girl is real and raw and layered and wonderful.” —Alex Gino, Stonewall Award-winning author of George

“If there's any justice in the world, we're all witnessing a YA powerhouse in the making.” —Forever YA

“Pure magic.” —Book Riot

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About the author

Meredith Russo

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.

Meredith Russo

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