Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel: A Novel

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel: A Novel

by Sara Farizan
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Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried on page 10 and stayed up all night to read it! Leila reminded me so strongly of myself it was uncanny. (Her memory of playing Indiana Jones and saving imaginary damsels - that was me.) She has so many disparate friends, each relationship unique. Plus Farizan did something unusual for YA but more realistic: Leila's friends are in different friend groups and different compartments of her life. Leila's voice is matter-of-fact, tomboyish, and quintessentially mid-self-discovery. Great conversations about sexuality, race, and bicultural intersectionality. Just read it. This is going on my regular reread list.
nadjscr More than 1 year ago
A story of family, friendship and becoming who you are wrapped in humor and a swoony romance. TELL ME AGAIN HOW A CRUSH SHOULD FEEL is a contemporary romance that includes lesbians, characters of color, representation of different religions, depictions of healthy and toxic relationships, a positive portrayal of therapy!, an amazing lovable family, and a developed and varied cast of characters (everyones has their own small story!). This book had me laughing, crying and swooning. What an important and needed title in YA, specially in the LGBTQAI+ department (so much intersectionality = race, sexual orientation, religion). MUST READ.
Katie_breathofbooks More than 1 year ago
This book was such a fun and cute and quick read. It also has diversity, since the narrator is a lesbian with a Persian background, and there are also some diverse secondary characters, in both race and sexuality. There is a romance in this book between Leila and another girl, and it was adorable. I won't say who it is because it isn't obvious right away. This girl had had a crush on Leila when she was young, and how Leila found out, and the journey to them actually being together was so cute. I rooted for them so much, and I loved reading about their moments together. Also, there was a slow build to it when Leila had interactions with this girl when readers didn't yet know if this girl even liked girls or not. Anyway, I shipped this so much. I liked reading about Leila's background with her family. Since they came from a country where being gay is illegal, this played into her fear of telling them that she was a lesbian. I liked her parents, and how they did try their best to accept her as she was, even if it was a bit difficult for them to understand sometimes. If you like YA contemporary, read this book.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars I really thought I would like this book more than I did. I was feeling frustrated with the characters and their actions for the most part. The part that really got my blood flowing in a positive way was when one of the characters takes charge and the other character gets upset with her. I understand her frustration; I mean she did put make the girl sick and she ended up in the hospital but seriously, she thought she was helping her friend out. Didn’t she? She just took it to the extreme. And then later on, we find out she’s like that, well whose fault is that? Leila shouldn’t have been telling Sasika what she really wanted because Sasika aims to pleased and if that meant hurting Tess, well…..she’s do it to help her friend Leila out. This is high school people and Sasika is new to the area so she’s trying to fit in and from her actions, they should know she’s a wild card. Sasika is all out there, she’s skipping school and there is no filter on her mouth, she says what she wants. What does Leila do now? Well, she still hangs out with Sasika because she thinks she’s beautiful and I was beyond myself for words with this girl. Does she have any respect or loyalty to Tess who is her best friend, who Sasika landed in the hospital for her? What is wrong here? See how exciting this all was but so very wrong. There had to be a turnaround in the book and it was the awkward party at Leila’s house. What a combination when all her guests finally arrived, this is not the typical teenage party but somehow Leila pulls off the party successfully. I was quite surprised how well things turned out with the movies and her mom playing chaperone. It’s not all pretty in the end how these girls get things worked out but the characters true colors shined brightly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is such a lighthearted and hilarious novel. The story starts out with Leila being confused about her feelings and unsure of how other people would react, especially her Persian parents. Things begin to look up when Saskia transfers into her school. Or is it? Overall, this book was enjoyable. Some of the characters are introduced in a way that made me uncomfortable, but then they turned into real people, three-dimensional humans. And this is a concept that winds its way throughout the whole novel, which is why the 5 star rating. This book holds its own in the contemporary YA sphere.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I was able to view a digital galley of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Algonquin Books and NetGalley.) 16-year-old Leila likes girls, but she just doesn’t know how to break the news to her friends and family. When a new girl at school seems to have an interest in her, Leila things that Saskia might even become her girlfriend, if all goes well. Can Leila find the strength to tell her parents that she’s gay? And is Saskia the girl for her? This was an okay story, but I think it might be aimed at the younger end of the young adult spectrum. Leila was an okay character, and I felt sorry for her and the way Saskia behaved towards her. As if Leila wasn’t having a hard enough time of it trying to work out how to come out to her parents and friends, she didn’t need Saskia being nasty to her as well. The storyline in this was okay, although it felt a little immature in places. The very start of the book also opened with a bit of an info-dump which was not the best start. I also wasn’t overly impressed with some of the lines that Leila came out with - "I feel like I have been punched in the vagina." There was some romance, but I felt really sorry for Leila and the way it turned out, Saskia was not a nice person in the end. The ending was okay, and I was glad that Leila had found support in her family, and a special someone too. Overall; an okay GBLT story, but maybe more suited to 12-13 year olds? 6 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm inquiring about the review from Oct.10,2014 last sentence with the letters GBLT.What does it stand for and is this a common abreviation?I know the next question I have is going to sound like I've been living under a rock but what in the world does the second F stand for?I get the BFF part about Best Friends.Does the other F stand for Forever?I'm not kidding,this very second that just occured to me.DUH!!!!!!!