| New Release! Highlighting:
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (published May 3)
A new addition to the growing numbers of books about trans teens! It is notable for being the story of someone who has already gone through the process of identifying and accepting her own identity. This means that her own growing awareness, reactions from others, and episodes of trauma are mainly covered in flashback. She also has no trouble passing, and so in her new community, trouble will arise only if she tells people her secret, or if they find out unexpectedly. Which gives her a lot of decisions to make as she meets new people -- how close to get, how much to trust, whether it's possible to relax and just be. Very powerful.
The author is trans herself, and she has notes to readers at the beginning, cautioning cisgender* readers not to take her story as gospel, as it is only one of many. She has heartfelt words of wisdom for trans readers as well:
"To my trans readers: It's okay if you're different from Amanda. She isn't real, and you are. ... There is no wrong way to express and embody your most authentic self! You are beautiful, and you deserve to have your body and identity and agency respected."
*cisgender: those who are not trans; those whose gender identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth.