By: Meredith Russo
Narrated by: Samia Mounts
Listening Length: 7 hours
Published: May 3rd 2016
A new kind of big-hearted audiobook about being seen for who you really are. 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? If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different—and a love story that everyone will root for.
I have never finished an audiobook so quickly. It took me less than 48 hours. And sure, that seems like a lot of time, but I’ve averaged out listening to 1 audio a book in two weeks. So, 48 hours is impressive for me.
I was hesitant and unsure about this choice. I needed a new audiobook and all the ones I want are wait listed. So, as I scrolled through what seemed like an endless number of pages of audiobooks that just weren’t appealing to me. When I stumbled across what I now know was a diamond in the rough.
Amanda’s story is a unique story, the author points that out in the notes. This is a story I haven’t heard before and is one I am unfamiliar with. Even before proceeding I sought the advice of other readers/listeners. I wanted to prepare myself. I’m glad I listened to it.
This was not just a story of a transgender teen it was so much. It was healing, friendship and trust. There were so many hidden facets that this is a brilliantly published coming of age novel.
The relationship the formed and fell seemed real and authentic. With raw emotions radiating out of my speaker.
Can I just take a minute to comment on the narration. The story came alive, each character’s tone marvels the description of the characters it’s as if just based on the voices you could what clique the belonged in and how their appearance was.
I was blown away by the strength that one person could have, even if she didn’t always see it in herself.