Friday, July 8, 2016

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Review by Lauren

source: personal copy; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryHigh-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticated, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia's confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.


Leila knows she likes girls, but she's not sure how to tell anyone else. She's Iranian American and she knows other families like hers have shunned their out children. Would her family do the same? It doesn't help that she feels wholly inadequate next to her sister, in whatever she does. Instead, she tries to enjoy school as much as she can. All of this changes when new student Saskia takes a liking to Leila. She has an immediate crush and she begins to think that Saskia just might like her back, even though Saskia is pretty and interesting and could easily be the popular girl if she wanted to be.

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel is an honest portrayal of growing up and growing into your own skin. Leila might know she likes girls, but that doesn't mean she's 100% come to terms with it. This book clearly shows the questions she faces when it comes to coming out, especially to her family. People being to learn Leila's secret but is it enough to make her more comfortable? I loved that, regardless if you are gay or straight, that you could relate to Leila. She has a loving family that she doesn't always agree with, friends that have their own "issues" and "problems" away from Leila, and Leila doesn't just dwell on her sexuality. That is a big part, but a lot of it is just being a teen - falling in love, finding new hobbies and interests, learning to let friends grow around you, and more.

I'd definitely read more by this author!


Karen said...

This book sounds so good. Great review Lauren. I almost want to pick this up for my daughter, who seems a bit confused. She claims she is binary, I am happy as long as she is.

Lisa Mandina said...

I remember hearing about this one recently, and it sounded good. Your review only makes me want to read it even more! Great review!

Lola said...

This one sounds good. With how the main character wonders how her family reacts. And how it's as much about growing up as well. Great review!

Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this book, and I quite liked the author's other title, so I think I should give it a go! Intersectional diversity is so rare, and important, and I think supporting it is always needed.

This sounds like a really good book that touches on a lot of things besides the character's sexuality (although, to be honest, I am not bothered by books which centre on a character's identity - they bring something different every time).

I hope you enjoy the author's other books, Lauren!

Keionda @Keionda Hearts Books said...

This one does sound really good! I can't imagine having a secret so big that it could affect not only myself, but as well as my family! :( I'm glad you liked it so much! <3

Verushka said...

This does sound good, and I like that the author has portrayed her family as loving.