Cover Face-Off: IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

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Jamie Canaves

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Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

It’s time to pit cover against cover again. This time we have Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl, a book many Rioters loved. It’s hard not to fall in love with the main character Amanda who moves in with her father and starts a new school after her previous school becomes unsafe. It’s a wonderful, important, coming-of-age novel and I have never rooted harder for a character.

The original cover (hardback) is a photograph of model Kira Conley who has managed to perfectly capture the vulnerability lodged inside teen girls. More importantly it’s a cover with a transgender woman, on a book written by a transgender woman, with a transgender girl main character.

If I Was Your Girl Meredith Russo

The upcoming paperback has swapped the photograph of a real girl and gone with a Venn diagram illustration instead.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo paperback cover

So we want to know which do you prefer?

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