Synopsis: Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.
And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.
Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.
Review: At first I wasn’t sure if I would even like it, but once I started reading, I was hooked. I honestly loved Amanda. She was really relatable in some ways. She’s like your average teenager: she wants to make nice friends, a boyfriend, and most of all, to be accepted for who she really is. I didn’t really like her dad all that much, though. I know her just wants to protect her, but I felt like he was suffocating her. I also thought that he didn’t want her to have normal (I’m using this word loosely) high school experiences like everyone else.
Now onto Grant. I loved him at first. I think he really cared about Amanda and loved her. I also thought he was an asshole when everything turned to chaos at the homecoming dance. Honestly, when he didn’t stand up for Amanda, I wanted to beat him into a pulp and then burn this book (but I didn’t because I loved it). After everyone cooled down and he sort of made up with Amanda, I sort of still liked him but not really. I liked the girls that Amanda made friends with. I thought they were nice and understanding of her. Same thing with Grant though, when they just stood there like idiots watching everything go to chaos, I wanted to beat them into a pulp and burn this book. So basically, I like most all of the characters until the homecoming dance part of this book. I thought the plot line was good and I liked the author’s writing style. The author’s writing style wasn’t amazing, but it was pretty good. I thought the characters were well developed and thought out also. Overall, I really loved this book. It was very well written and the topic was unique (hopefully as society grows more accepting, it won’t be such a unique and taboo topic). So in all honesty, I would give this book a 9/10 on a scale of 0-10.