Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
Published By: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Date Read: November 3oth, 2016
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Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. As an Iranian American, she’s different enough; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when 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.
Tell me again how a crush should feel follows the story of closeted lesbian, Leila. As a girl with Persian heritage, her sexuality makes her life even more precarious. And when the intriguing, newbie Saskia enters her life, Leila is compelled to deal with her feelings. This is a story of a closeted lesbian who is grappling with her attraction to women.
Using the Iranian-American theme was pretty cool. Even though the book is short it still manages to portray not only the journey that Leila goes through in high school but also all of her friends and family.
The characters were all diverse, unique, well-developed, and relatable. Leila is a self-deprecating character. She is funny and real, and I loved hearing about her Persian culture, family, and values. Leila comes from an Iranian-American family, and a lot of the book focuses on what that’s like for her, and the pressure that she feels from her family. Her struggles were also very relatable. Conservative parents, being preyed upon by selfish girls who want to use you, falling in love with your best friend. All of it was very realistic.
Sara Farizan really knows how to write a relatable lesbian teenager. The writing was engaging and funny. This is the type of book we need to see more of. I adored this diverse story which is about growing up, being different, and choosing the type of person you want to become, even if others would choose differently for you.