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If I Was Your Girl
By (author): Meredith Russo
9781250078414 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 13 - 18 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT Jun 26, 2018 Print Run: 65000
$14.50 CAD
Active 5.42 x 8.27 x 0.89 in | 260 gr 320 pages Flatiron Books
Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed ALA Stonewall Book Award - Winner 2016, Winner Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed

The award-winning, big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are, and a love story you can't help but root for

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’sIf I Was Your Girl has been named:

Stonewall Book Award Winner
Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for Outstanding Children's Literature
iBooks YA Novel of the Year
APublishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
AKirkus ReviewsBest Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
A Zoella Book Club Selection
A Barnes & Noble Best YA Book of the Year
A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
An ABA IndieNext Top 10 Pick
One of Flavorwire’s 50 Books Every Modern Teenager Should Read

MEREDITH RUSSO was born, raised, and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back.If I Was Your Girlwas partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games andStar Wars.

"VIP YALSA Librarian mailing B&T ARC Program selection (400 librarians & school systems) Indiebound Whitebox mailing (750 ABA members) Goodreads ARC giveaway Netgalley availability and promotion Advertising on LGBT print and digital outlets Edelweiss banner advertisement Designed landing page with featured ""Sneak Peek"" before publication Reading Group Guide for download and featured on Amazon Vine ARC giveaway Shelf Awareness advertising Extensive galley distribution and presence at teacher & librarian preview events (ALA, NCTE, TLA) Macmillan Teen and YA newsletter promotion PW Children's Bookshelf advertising Targeted Facebook advertising, pre-pub and post-pub (fans of George, Rainbow Rowell, TFIOS) Advertising in trade journals alongside reviews (SLJ, ALA Boolist, PW, The Horn Book, VOYA, Kirkus, BCCB) Announcement e-card to sales reps and booksellers Cross-promotion with Alloy Entertainment's social media networks Designed e-signature for usage pre-pub and on pub BEA giveaway- finished books, paired with AMERICAN GIRLS Major feature and review attention National NPR outreach Select author appearances Extensive blogger outreach Pitching for major library shows and Winter Institute"

Stonewall Book Award Winner
Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for Outstanding Children's Literature
APublishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
AKirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Zoella Book Club Selection
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
IndieNext Top 10 List
One of Flavorwire's 50 Books Every Modern Teenager Should Read

"This new novel for teensbreaks new ground...powerful." —OMagazine

"A beautifully rendered YA novel . . . the first written by a transgender woman about the transgender teen experience." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Avivid, compassionate portrait of a teen finding her place." —The Washington Post

"An illuminating debutguided by hope and overwhelming kindness.”Publishers Weekly,starred review

A necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices…full of love, hope, and truth.” —Kirkus,starred review

"This is everything a coming-of-age novel should be—honest, complicated, and meaningful.Transcends the typical 'issue' novel to be a beautiful tale in its own right." —School Library Journal, SLJ Popular Pick

"Amanda's story is neither overly sentimental nor didactic.A thoughtful, truthful, and much needed coming-of-age tale." —Horn Book Review

"Russo, a trans woman, writes with authority and empathy, giving readers not only an intellectual but also an emotional understanding of Amanda and her compelling story.Never didactic, this debut is a valuable contribution to the slender but growing body of literature of trans teens." —ALABooklist

“Beautiful, smart, and so urgently needed,If I Was Your Girl should be required reading for every teen—scratch that, every person—in America.This book is exactly what YA is for: to break ground, to break hearts, to teach us empathy, to find the universal in the specific.I loved every word. You will too.”Julie Buxbaum, author ofTell Me Three Things

"Poignant and rare.If I Was Your Girl isthe type of book you read and want to immediately share, because it's too important to keep to yourself." —Julie Murphy, author ofDumplin'

"If I Was Your Girlis important and necessary and brave, and deeply, electrically inspiring.Read this wonderful book. Just read it." —Jennifer Niven, author ofAll the Bright Places

If I Was Your Girl will change minds and open hearts.” —Nina Lacour, author ofWe Are Okay

"If I Was Your Girl isreal and raw and layered and wonderful." —Alex Gino, author ofGeorge

"If there's any justice in the world, we're all witnessing a YA powerhouse in the making." —Forever YA

"Pure magic."Book Riot

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