If I Was Your Girl
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The “homophobes are just closeted gay people” theory absolves straight people of any responsibility to fight homophobia. I shakily handed her my menu and said, “I would like a waffle and Diet Coke please, ma’am, thank you. This starts off as a BIT of a typical YA contemporary with elements that discuss Amanda’s feelings as a trans girl, and weirdly, that’s what I liked about it. Amanda] had a surgery that her family should not have been able to afford, and she started hormones through legitimate channels before she probably could have in the real world.
Speaking as a teacher, I’m pretty sure that if I stopped turning up to work, my school would notice. Any photos or images used on this site that do not belong to the author are royalty free and licensed under creative commons, or cover images of books used to promote them. We see through Amanda's eyes as she navigates life in a body that does not reflect who she really is inside. I will say that it was so obviously the direction the book was going, so it wasn’t really a surprise.Amanda has a conversation where she lays out the rules for what’s off-limits to ask trans people (the most basic ones: their genitals, when/whether they’ve had surgery and what it’s like, and their birth names). Her dad confesses his very justified fear that if these Christians or southern teenage boys find out that she is trans they will kill her.
A nagging voice reminded me that I was only a half hour from home, that if I got off at the next stop and walked back to Smyrna, by sunset I could be in the comfort of my own bedroom, the familiar smell of Mom’s starchy cooking in the air. IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is an intense pressure cooker drama centered on the chaotic affair between two interrelated lesbian couples. He got up without waiting for a response and threw a twenty-dollar bill on the table next to our half-finished meals. Walking home alone, she is attacked by another football player, Parker, who mocks her and then sexually assaults her. Update: Since reading If I Was Your Girl and reviewing it, I have learned about allegations of abuse against the author.
This review contains minor spoilers regarding some characterization but nothing about the end of the book itself. The entire book I knew exactly what was going to happen and it fell pretty much in line the whole way. Not once but at least twice (I’m too lazy to flip through the book to check all the kisses), he says he wants to kiss her and then asks, “Is that okay? I would run up and hug him, and he would kiss the top of my head, and for the first time in a long time, I would feel safe. Read all IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is an intense pressure cooker drama centered on the chaotic affair between two interrelated lesbian couples.
Amanda Hardy has moved in with her father to start a new life at a new school, after years of bullying and abuse.Another thing I enjoyed was that both Amanda and Grant had their own backstories and neither was more interesting than the other.
But, by high school, her parents are divorced, and Amanda has been living with her mother in Atlanta where she is subject to horrible bullying. If this book was read and enjoyed by more people then I feel like that could really help with the way we view trans people or anyone who is different to ourselves. As they fall in love, Grant shares his own secret: he works several jobs to support his poor family. It is perhaps the most visible, certainly the most hyped aspect of If I Was Your Girl, and it is indubitably and important one. If I Was Your Girl follows Amanda, a trans girl who’s just moved back in with her Dad after taking a year off from school after her surgeries.I think at a lot of points, there was more "telling" than showing" (this is excluding the flashbacks, obviously). The way they learned to relate to one another; how he moved to a place of acceptance and began to embrace her as his daughter, was really lovely. It benefits straight people by normalizing straightness and keeping them in a position of power and privilege. Amanda’s father’s reaction near the end of the novel, the whole, “Well, I’m going to defend my daughter’s honour the only way I know how! To her credit, the author does acknowledge this fact in her author’s note, and that she smoothed the path for Amanda in ways that don’t reflect reality.