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If I Was Your Girl
If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
A new kind of big-hearted novel 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?Meredith Russo's If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different—and a love story that everyone will root for.
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DebinHawaii
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#AyupAugust
Some YA books from my shelves where the cover models are giving good look #OverMyShoulder poses. 😆

Cinfhen Another collage that dazzles 😍🎉❣️ 1w
tpixie great collage! 1w
Hooked_on_books It‘s interesting how the over the shoulder pose is nearly exclusively female. I wonder why that is. 🤔 1w
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 good one! 1w
squirrelbrain Very clever! And very interesting @Hooked_on_books - I‘d never noticed that before! 1w
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RiverKScottWrites
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Omg have you read this??? Go read it. Now. #yalit #contemporary #translit #romance

Jovy I loved this book! 2mo
RiverKScottWrites @Jovy It was so good, I kept reading passages to my partner 😍 (edited) 2mo
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Book_yogi
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This is one of those books that is good to read, and yet, hard to read. It is one of those books that I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop and so scared for her that things will get worse…and they do, and I find my heart breaking for Amanda a little more each page I read. I agree with a comment her father makes toward the end of the book in which he says she is the strongest person he ever met, she is, and Amanda, you are loved.

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the-woman-who-read-everything
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I read this book all in one sitting and it made me cry.

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the-woman-who-read-everything
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This is really interesting so far.

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derr.liz
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A trans girl - in a small town - in the south - in high school. Wow, what a journey! I've learned so much.

#pridemonth 🏳️‍🌈

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Matilda
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Chasingmermaids
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A really powerful story about being a trans woman. It starts out light with emotional pieces scattered throughout. It wraps you up in the niceness only to sucker punch you and leave you emotional. Handled the trauma of the characters well.

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LaraReads
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I truly believe that reading opens hearts & minds. When you fall in love with a character, their struggles become your struggles. And their happiness matters to you. I feel so blessed to be able to read anything I could possibly want! Happy #PrideMonth everyone! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤

#diversebooks #lgbt #lgbtq #queerbooks #pride #rainbow #bookrainbow #readtherainbow

derr.liz Beautiful post! 🏳️‍🌈📚 2mo
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Kempfme
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This quick read shows the struggles of a transgendered young lady.

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KaylaD
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What a perfect day to start a new book!! 💜💜💜 #perfectsundays #newbook

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ☺️☺️☺️ 3mo
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brandybear22
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If I hadn‘t heard the authors note at the end, I wouldn‘t recommend this book to many people. However, the author explained her overuse of stereotype and that she chose to alter the story to make of more palatable to cisgender readers.

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brandybear22
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Thus one has been on my list for awhile. Decided I wanted a less dense read as I‘m about to start classes again this weekend. Stonewall book award. And I love listen to a southern accent, since the book is set in Georgia.

kgriffith I have this marked as “to read,” maybe I‘ll do the audio 😊 4mo
brandybear22 So far, it‘s only ok 🤷🏻‍♂️ but I guess that‘s what I expected 4mo
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Hollie
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I burned through this in one day. I think I‘d have liked it better in print, but the audio made it easier for me to accomplish other stuff while I listened. The audio is fine, but the narrators accent irritated me a bit. The book, though, was fantastic. I loved hearing Amanda‘s story unfold, even if it was heartbreaking. I particularly appreciated the author reading the author‘s note at the end, from her perspective as a trans woman. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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MirrorMask
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“For as long as I could remember, I had been apologizing for existing, for trying to be who I was, to live the life I was meant to lead.”

Very enjoyable listen! I really appreciated the author‘s note. When certain topics are written about or portrayed in the media, people like to criticize it‘s realism. This is a work of fiction and I loved what the author was trying to say with this story.

#ReadHarderChallenge #ReadHarder2019 @bookriot

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tracydishman17
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5/70 (They didn't have Birthday in their database yet so I used her last book)
My first goodreads giveaway for 2019 and this book has been so good.

The author is from the same state I am (Tennessee) so a lot of the landmarks in the book I know and have been to.

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LaurenReads
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Really good book. The afterword was great in explaining a bit more about the book overall. #lgbt

Joy0201 I loved this book and afterword. 9mo
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azulaco
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Quick read, liked it. The author says in the afterword that this is a somewhat simplified version of being trans, and I see that. Amanda still goes through a lot of fear and self-doubt, which I think was well-written. The author is trans herself and I think she did a good job of communicating Amanda‘s internal life. Not exactly a perfect happy ending, but one that leaves you hopeful about what‘s next for Amanda.

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Laughterhp
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I found this book very interesting. It is a world I don‘t know a lot about and don‘t know how to relate to.

I listened to on audio, the southern accent was a little annoying at first but I slowly got use to it.

This is the first book I‘ve read about a trans experience (I don‘t know if that‘s how I should say it), so I don‘t know if it‘s a unique book. I felt for Amanda and am glad I got to hear her story.

#booked2018
#pop18

Cinfhen What prompt is this for??? Just so we enter it properly 10mo
Laughterhp @Cinfhen I ran out of character room! It‘s the LGBTQIA+ MC. 10mo
Cinfhen Ahhhh, that makes total sense 😉 10mo
heidisreads Great work pushing the boundaries of your reading selections with your choice of character perspectives/experiences! 10mo
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tholmz
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I absolutely loved this one. 💕

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Laughterhp
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Of course all my library holds came in at once. I only have 2 weeks to read A Place for Us, so the pressure is on!

#bookhaul #librarybookhaul

sammisho Olivia Twist??? The title alone intrigues me! 10mo
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slategreyskies
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This book really got to me. I wasn‘t sure how it was going to end, but I thought the ending was really strong. I know that this will be a book that I‘ll remember for a very long time. I highly suggest reading the author‘s note located at the end of the book after you finish the story. It has some important information in it too. Highly recommended! #transbook #audiobook #lgbtqia —the pic is of a crane that hangs out at the river near my house. :)

TNbookworm Wow! Great pic! 12mo
slategreyskies @TNbookworm Thanks! I thought so too! I‘ve been trying to get a pic of that crane for weeks, but haven‘t been able to get one. My husband took that one on his camera with a zoom lens and gave it to me. :) 12mo
JSW That crane is gorgeous! 12mo
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slategreyskies
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I‘ve been listening to this book while I unpack boxes and clean. I‘m about halfway through, and my only complaint is that I don‘t have more time in my day to listen to it! #audiobook #currentlyreading #audiocleaning

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin This was a good one. Really enjoyed the audio version. 👍🏽 12mo
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AWildMandaPanda
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I really enjoyed this book! I started it and I could not put it down! The writing flowed and Russo did an awesome job creating characters I really cared about and I quickly became invested in Amanda‘s life and her experiences. I highly recommend this one :) #bibliophile #YA #pridemonth

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HeatherBookNerd
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Day 26 of the RiotGrams Challenge: Set in Your City, State, or Country

This book is set in a fictional small southern town in Tennessee, and the author was born and raised here, so she gets the setting just right. Wonderful book!

@bookriot #riotgrams #setinyourcitystateorcountry #day26 #LGBTbooks

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SincerelyWinona
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I loved reading this book. 🏳️‍🌈 I‘m cis but queer and have so so many dear friends who fall all over the gender and sexuality spectrum. The insight this novel gives is beautiful and it‘s written so it‘s easy for those with little experience or knowledge of the topic to be able to step right into the character‘s life. Plus, it‘s queer fiction written by a trans author. I want more literature like this. Honest, open, and beautiful. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

readordierachel Been meaning to read this one! Glad to hear you liked it. Thanks for the reminder 😊 1y
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kernelatrox23
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An excellent read for #pridemonth! Also, this was a great book to listen to on audio - the reader is absolutely STELLAR. This is not a book to read if you want to giggle and be happy throughout - Meredith Russo had me in tears for about half the book. I would strongly recommend this book, especially to my cishet friends. 10/10, will probably reread and cry all over again.

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cleoh
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I‘m about halfway done this, and just loving it so, so much. I love Amanda, I love Grant, and I even like Amanda‘s over-protective yet well-meaning dad. Such an important book for cis readers 🔵💗⚪️

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GatheringBooks
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#AdelesMayMashUp Day 8: This YA novel that deals with owning one‘s identity, keeping secrets (for fear of being rejected), and falling in love seems perfect for today‘s #FickleHeart prompt.

vkois88 Sounds good... 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree!! Sounds great!! ❤️ 1y
tammysue Stacking! 1y
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GatheringBooks @vkois88 i know! looking forward to reading my daughter‘s copy. 🤣😂 1y
GatheringBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you, too, for the awesome adele prompts! 1y
GatheringBooks @whatshesreadingnow great! hope you find a copy soon! 📚 1y
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chlolovesbooks
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5/5 Loved it!!!!!!❤️🏳️‍🌈 #nofilter

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elizabethjames
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I got this book today and within three hours had ploughed my way through the whole book. The cover may have been a bit messed up, but the plot was not. Russo somehow managed to strike a balance between doing justice the difficulties that the characters faced and still producing an interesting and immersive plot with well rounded characters.

elizabethjames Side note: I found it super cool that all of the characters had their own individual struggles that they faced throughout the novel. It was nice to see that their lives didn't revolve around Amanda's and that they all had their own ambitions and motives throughout the story. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy! I read this one last year and am so glad that I did. Then I read Janet Mock‘s Redefining Realness and liked it as much or more. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
elizabethjames @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you! I'll definitely have to check that one out 💜 1y
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neverforgetyourdreamss
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“You can have anything,” she said, “once you admit you deserve it”

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hyperhawk
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I love this book. I just finished it and the authors not at the end almost made me cry as I sat in my car finishing it.

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kid-cop
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Been needing to get into some #LGBT inclusive lit lately, and this book is perfect for me so far!! Love how it captures the little annoyances, obstacles, and fears of transitioning.

RaimeyGallant Sounds interesting. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo just put some together. 1y
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GypsyKat
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It wasn‘t my best reading month numbers wise, a couple of the books were beasts, so I‘m still pretty happy. Mostly new reads, but a few rereads as well. 💝
#MonthlyReadingRecap #FebruaryReads

AmyG Not your best month? I call that amazing. 1y
PurpleyPumpkin Wow, you‘re the second Litten I‘ve come across that read 15 books this month. Well done!👍🏽 1y
GypsyKat @AmyG @PurpleyPumpkin Thank you both! 😊💗💗 1y
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ephemeralwaltz VERY impressive! 1y
GypsyKat @ephemeralwaltz Thanks! 😊💗 1y
BiblioLitten So many gems and so many from my TBR list! 😍 1y
GypsyKat @BiblioLitten It was an interesting reading month for me. I had quite the range on genres! 🙃 1y
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LaLecture
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Great YA about family, friends and love and also a great introduction to the topic of transgender/transsexuality. The novel shows how hard it can be for trans kids to show and stand up for who they really are and to be accepted. Painful experiences are displayed, but beautiful moments of hope as well so that the overall message is a message of hope, yet not too cheesy. There‘s also a great message by the author in the end.

LaLecture Fun fact: The cover model is also a trans woman (Kira Conley) as the author (also a trans woman) suggested that as many trans people as possible should be involved in the making of the book. (edited) 1y
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AlobelThee
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#MustRead A great, truly insightful and hearty read on YA transgender life. The story does follow the strong spirit and hard dangers. The highlight message I found, was a coming-togetherness in support of friends who had felt too different to meet anyone relating. ✨ My advice there is to trust in a good mall walk for fashion & gift shops. I'm fortunate to have a great LGBTQ mall with trans and non-binary sales workers! #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

Alfoster I loved this one too! 2y
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GypsyKat
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As a cisgender woman, I read this for the same reason I read any book about someone different from myself; for a better understanding. This is fiction, but it deals with very real issues. Gender identity, sexual orientation, and the prejudices and dangers that unfortunately so often accompany people dealing with those things. Reading this has reinforced my belief that we need more empathy in this world, more understanding, more respect, more love.

rmaclean4 I have the audiobook of this...need to give it a listen! 2y
YouReadMyEyes I felt the same way. My sister is trans and I feel like it helped me to try and better understand some of the thing she experiences and feels. 2y
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Prairiegirl_reading I highly recommend the 57 bus for this reason. 2y
GypsyKat @Prairiegirl_reading Thanks! I‘ll add it to my TBR list! 👍 2y
Prairiegirl_reading I just went on the Libby app and got this and I‘m not your perfect Mexican daughter! Squeee!!! 2y
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GypsyKat
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I‘m only a few chapters in, but this is already completely heart wrenching. I expected it to be, but still... 💔

GondorGirl 😢😢😭 2y
Owlizabeth I have this sitting on my shelf but I‘m too much of a ninny to pick it up because I know it‘ll break my heart. 2y
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GypsyKat
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Starting this audiobook today. 🎧

kgriffith Aaaaaand now I have Janet Jackson in my head. I‘ll take it 😉 2y
IamIamIam @kgriffith Immediately!!!! 😂👏👏👏 2y
Soubhiville I loved this book! 2y
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LaLecture
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#HumpDayPost time
1. My next read will be this one. It‘s the story of a young trans-woman trying to start a new life where no one knows about her past.
2. Reese‘s peanut butter cups and Ben & Jerry‘s
3. Y
4. My BuJo which is a Moleskine
5. I‘m invited to a birthday party.

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This again was a cute trans love story and how hard life is hiding who you really are and how your past has hurt you.

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PurpleyPumpkin
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I'm having a hard time putting into words what I think of this novel. I enjoyed it and really liked Amanda. She was feisty and brave and vulnerable and sweet. Her journey was rough and sometimes scary. But it was very hopeful as well. I really liked this on audio and couldn't stop listening this morning once I finished breakfast. I ended up doing some chores so that I could keep listening! Quite compelling. 3/5⭐️

TrishB I enjoyed this too 👍🏻 2y
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DebinHawaii
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Finished this audiobook today & enjoyed it. This YA novel by a transgender woman-the story of a transgender teen looking for love & acceptance from others & from herself-is given extra power & heart. Could it have dug a bit deeper & had less of a smoothed out ending? Sure, but the author's reasons for writing it the way she did (she reads her afterword & it moved me)😥make sense. Amanda, the MC, is easy to root for & I wanted to give her a hug.💜

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DebinHawaii
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#TuneIntoNovember #ForReasonsUnknown I bought the e-book of this title on sales months ago but for reasons unknown (OK, they are pretty much known if you see all of my #TBR stacks 📚📚📚📚📚😬📚📚📚) it has sat unread. I was between audiobooks & it was available through library Overdrive & I'm glad as I'm enjoying it. It's also making my busy work, minimal thoughts required project time fly by.👍📚

RadicalReader @DebinHawaii this book is on my TBR list looking forward to checking it out for myself. 2y
Cinfhen I know that feeling, glad the audio is working for you! Curious about this book! 2y
DebinHawaii @RadicalReader @Cinfhen It seems like a quick read or listen & it's worth checking out. (At least so far--I'm about halfway into it.) 📚👍 2y
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christineandbooks
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Started this a couple days ago...about 2/3 of the way through and I just want to drop everything and keep reading...

Notafraidofwords So addictive 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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A YA novel about a trans teenager written by a transwoman. We need more of these, please! I loved the parts of this that weren‘t just about the struggle parts of being trans. It‘s an important contribution to the canon. The afterwards for cis people and trans people were the best part and made me bawl. #transbooks

TrishB Oh me too - I was fine until that bit! 2y
SkeletonKey I loved this book. 💜 2y
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rhiannebrownbread
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Sorry I haven‘t been around much! I‘ve started my third and final year at university and it‘s so busy rehearsing for our first upcoming show of the year! I have had nooooo time to read really! I bailed on the sun is also a star for now and I‘ve moved on to if I was your girl which is pretty good, there‘s just no time to say anything right now! Can‘t wait till I get some free time! #ya #yareads #ireadya

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Bibliogeekery
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This quotation is the main character, Amanda, reflecting back on her younger self. 💜 #transbooks

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HeatherBookNerd
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A few good LGBT books I‘ve read this year

#LGBTQreads #riotgrams #day22
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