Tell Me How You Really Feel [SP-F Review]


Sana Khan is a cheerleader and a straight A student. She’s the classic (somewhat obnoxious) overachiever determined to win.

Rachel Recht is a wannabe director who’s obsesssed with movies and ready to make her own masterpiece. As she’s casting her senior film project, she knows she’s found the perfect lead – Sana.

There’s only one problem. Rachel hates Sana. Rachel was the first girl Sana ever asked out, but Rachel thought it was a cruel prank and has detested Sana ever since.

Told in alternative viewpoints and inspired by classic romantic comedies, this engaging and edgy YA novel follows two strong-willed young women falling for each other despite themselves.

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I’ll be real, I was a bit on the fence about this book. At first, it sounded like it was just going to be another contemporary about two people who hate each other but then magically fall in love. However, this book morphed out of my expectations and crushed them.

I absolutely loved this book. The author did a fantastic job formulating the plot and developing the characters. Sana was not what I expected from a cheerleader (I have a bit of a classical judgement of them, I’ll admit), and she was everything I’d hope for in a main character. Rachel, on the other hand, pushed past what I was expecting. I honestly thought she was going to be the nice, innocent one—not Sana. And boy, am I glad I was wrong.

I loved the drama, the events, everything. I was annoyed in all the right places, and I was squealing in others. For everything spoken of, I rate Tell Me How You Really Feel 5 stars. I look forward to reading from Safi in the future and can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

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blK1Bfa1Aminah Mae Safi is a writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She loves Sofia Coppola movies, Bollywood endings, and has seen all of the Fast and Furious franchise. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her partner and a cat bent on world domination (and another cat that is just here for the snacks). Her 2016 We Need Diverse Books winning story will appear in their forthcoming anthology FRESH INK (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018). Find her on Instagram @aminahmae and her website. Not the Girls You’re Looking For is her first novel.

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