Author: Meredith Russo
First Published: May 3rd 2016
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA Fiction, Contemporary
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Physical copy
My Overall Rating: 8/10
Amanda's story is so vivid and captivating, and it really reminds you that a lot of people do go through this. This book highlights her struggles for acceptance and hits home that there are many people who discriminate against others just because they don't understand something.
Many stereotypes are broken as well, such as the fact that religious people always discriminate. This is not the case! Amanda made a friend at her new school, whose family is very religious. When she found out that Amanda was transgender, she wasn't cruel to her or anything. They continued to be friends despite the fact that Amanda was hiding a huge secret from them and even stands up for Amanda against bullies. Good friendship like that is hard to find, so I'm glad that Amanda has people who back her up.
I felt so bad for Amanda multiple times in the book, especially with what happened with Bee. Bee, seriously? I understand she was very upset but is that a concrete reason to go spitting out people's secrets? Especially a secret this big - one that might have gotten Amanda killed if she was unlucky. If I was Amanda, it would take ages before I forgave Bee. Perhaps I would never.
The slight problem was the style. For me, it was quite simple - too simple, so it seemed it was directed at slightly younger readers, maybe like 13-14? I really liked it anyway. Since the words were quite big in my copy and the sentences so simple, it made it a very easy read. There are barely any fancy descriptions and vocabulary words, so it was a breeze. It's the type of book you could finish in one sitting and I would recommend it for anyone!
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