My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a book I've had my eye on for a while, so when my daughter bought it, I couldn't wait to read it too. (BTW, she read and loved it!)
Amanda has moved in with her estranged father after an awful incident back home. She's had a hard and rough life and just wants a fresh start to be herself. As soon as she starts in her new school, people notice her. She's the new girl and everyone thinks she's pretty. So she catches the eye of several guys, and even makes some really nice friends.
Everything seems to be going well, and even though she planned on staying focused, she finds herself getting caught up in the everyday-kinda teenage things. Which is something she's never really experienced. Much of her life has been spent alone and living in fear. So this is all new to her.
The problem is, Amanda has a secret and if it comes out, it could ruin everything...
Wow. This book was beautiful. I loved Amanda's story and wish everyone would read it. Not just because it deals with a trans character, but because it's an awesome story. It's honest and raw and even brutal. Plus the tension kept building. As good as things were going for her and as happy as she becomes, the shadow of her past seemed to be an endless threat waiting to destroy her.
Amanda's voice was SO good. I also loved the supporting characters. Grant was an honest, nice boy with an open mind and too much responsibility. Her friends Layla, Anna and Chloe were great and supportive. Even Bee was cool and different, even if... no, not going into that.
Oh, and I loved all the Star Wars references, too.
Anyway. This is a great book and I loved it. Heaps. You should definitely read it!