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The author of the book: Meredith Russo
Edition: Lindhardt & Ringhof
Date of issue: October 10th 2016
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Edit: I have edited this review because some of what I said hurt members of the trans community, as well as those who love and support them. I have always believed myself to be one of this latter group, but my actions regarding this review did not reflect that. I am deeply sorry for what I said and the upset it caused. I also apologise for becoming defensive when others tried to educate me as to why I was hurtful. Many times people have told me that my opinion is "wrong" or "stupid" and I thought this was that same old argument. But I was very wrong and I should have seen that. I'm embarrassed that I got it so wrong. I hope my updated review is more respectful and I will try to do better in future.
One last note: it is wonderful to feel like your opinion is valued, but this is a trans book by a trans woman and I am a cis reader - please consider the limitations of my perspective and seek out the reviews and commentary of trans readers. For example: http://plenitudemagazine.ca/casey-ple...
“You can have anything,” she said “once you admit you deserve it.”
If I Was Your Girl is an important book. It fills a gap that needed to be filled. It will make many people feel better about themselves. It normalizes trans experiences, which is a great thing, showing a girl who undergoes the medical procedures, finds accepting friends, gets a boyfriend, works things out with her parents, (view spoiler)[wins homecoming queen (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[lives happily ever after (hide spoiler)].
A rating cannot summarize how I feel about this book. I'm glad it exists. I am so thankful that we have a YA book with a transgender MC, a transgender author, and a transgender cover model. I want transgender and cisgender readers alike to read about Amanda's experiences.
Amanda is surrounded by accepting people, despite being in small town Tennessee, where everyone is a Baptist and many of them have homophobic bumper stickers. The biggest challenge is to her relationship with her father, and it's clear straight away that even he is trying very hard to be accepting. Not only did she come out of her surgery and medication looking 100% like a woman, but she also has the luxury of being an attractive woman.
In the afterword, the author addresses some of the decisions she made in the novel (view spoiler)["I'm worried that you might take Amanda's story as gospel, especially since it comes from a trans woman. This prospect terrifies me, actually! I am a storyteller, not an educator. I have taken liberties with what I know reality to be." (hide spoiler)]. Russo intentionally skipped over the medical realities and portrayed a pretty unrealistic situation where Amanda's family simply takes out a loan to cover the financial side. Also, Amanda is a very simple trans case - a complete girly girl without any confusion over her gender identity. I understand why the author did this, but I would have liked something more complex.
Amanda is easily relatable, but I found that was because she didn't have a very distinct personality. She definitely creates a feeling of universal sympathy - because it's hard trying to fit in, learning to accept yourself, and finding someone to love you - but she feels, perhaps deliberately, like a blank canvas. Maybe this is so all readers, trans and otherwise, can put themselves in her shoes.
But I wanted something more from the plot. We definitely don't need another trans horror story, but I wish one of the first mainstream YA trans books by a trans author didn't play it so safe. Russo has adapted the trans experience to make it easier for cis readers to digest - again, this is understandable, but sad too. I also wanted the romance to be more developed, less sappy, cheesy and (view spoiler)["I'll love you no matter what" (hide spoiler)]. It fell into a bunch of the same old YA tropes. It remained unexplored, unquestioned, unrealistic. Grant is arguably a manic pixie dreamboy.
If I Was Your Girl should be read. It's in an important place right now and it should (and probably will) pave the way for more books featuring transgender characters.
But here's what I think: in five, maybe ten years time, there will be many more trans books. At that time, I think most people won't feel the need to return to this one. I am glad that it's here, though, as one of the first.
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