This story had my heart clenched in its fist the whole way through. Then, the author’s note at the end of the book completely wrecked me.
I think everyone should read this book, and it’s not just because of the topic (a trans girl, Amanda, gets a fresh start for her senior year, in a new location, where nobody knew her as Andrew) and message (be you, have hope, give yourself a chance, give other people a chance), but also the incredible writing.
This is not just a story about an excellent topic. It’s an excellent story, with an important topic. There’s a big difference there, and people who read a lot will recognize it right away. Some stories have value for their message. Some are beloved for their writing, style, and/or plot. Some have compelling characters that must be read. And then, there are books like this that have absolutely everything, which is why I hope to shove this story into as many people’s hands as possible.
I also love that this is a hopeful story about a trans girl, written by a trans author, sent forth to the world by a major publisher, and the cover model is also a trans girl. The world needs more books like this.