Tell Me How You Really Feel

Tell Me How You Really Feel

by Aminah Mae Safi


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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 strongwilled young women falling for each other despite themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250299482
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 30,857
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer. Safi was the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest, and that story appears in the anthology Fresh Ink. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and cat.

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Tell Me How You Really Feel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
IcePrincess85 12 days ago
It took me a few chapters to really get into this book but I ended up really enjoying it. Rachel is on scholarship and aiming to go to college in NYC for film. I related to her personality a lot, but I also got really annoyed with her (probably says more about me than her!) She's very focused on her goal and expects others to see things her way. Sana is the definition of the perfect student, cheerleader, daughter, everything. She struggles with keeping her mask in place all the time in order to make everybody else happy. Her grandparents are disappointed in her mother and place their expectations on her instead. She's always known what she's wanted to do after high school, but now she's questioning if it's what she really wants. When Sana and Rachel first met, Sana asked Rachel out on a date. Rachel thought it was all a joke since she was the new kid on scholarship and there was no way somebody as perfect as Sana would be into her. Fast forward to senior year and Rachel is carrying all the filming equipment back to the office when it looks like she's going to fall and Sana tries to help. Except the very expensive camera breaks and the film professor declares they have to work together to finish the movie. Things don't go so well at first, but as they start spending more time together, they start seeing past their initial impressions of each other. Rachel starts seeing through Sana's mask while Sana has increasing difficulty dealing with her family's expectations. They start trusting each other, slowly at first. I enjoyed watching them go from hating each other based on their initial impressions to thinking they may not have judged the other well to realizing they have feelings for each other. Things get complicated when Rachel has to change her film against Sana's recommendations and things escalate for both of them at that point. There was one character who showed up when needed but wasn't really around for most of the book. It was kind of weird to me that he would just be there when one of them needed. I was definitely hooked by the end and needed to know what happened with Rachel and Sana: their post-graduation plans and with each other. I recommend this book to anybody who likes contemporary, enemies to lovers, and not quite slow burn but more like slow realization and acceptance.
marongm8 3 months ago
I was so excited to read this book because it was soley different from all that I have read in teen romance. I love both backgrounds of Sana and Rachel and how they told their story from different viewpoints back and forth. While reading this book I could not help but want for this book to become a movie. This was very similar to Call Me By Your Name and how all relationships can lead to struggles no matter the circumstances. This book clearly reflects that everyone deserves to be happy in their relationships and when you discover who you truly are, it's the greatest gift in the world. We will consider adding this title to our YFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.