Not the Girls You're Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Not the Girls You're Looking For

Lulu Saad doesn't need your advice, thank you very much. She's got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It's all under control. Ish.Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can't find her way out o...

Details Not the Girls You're Looking For

TitleNot the Girls You're Looking For
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Young Adult Contemporary

Reviews Not the Girls You're Looking For

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    This book and I were up to a rough start but I LOVE IT. It's messy, it's real, it's beautiful.The culture, the family, the friendships but most of all the self discovery were amazing to read about.RTC!!!
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    You can win a SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copy of NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR on the blog! Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book was brutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right in the feels.I'll admit, the start was a tad slow, and I was iffy about th...
  • Jodi Meadows
    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts.
  • Paige
    Loved this! Review to come soon!
  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    DNF at 48%I really wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t get into it so instead of taking another 10 days to trudge through the second half, I’m just going to DNF. Not the Girls You’re Looking For has a lot going for it. It centers a biracial Arab-American Muslim teenager during the month of Ramadan. She is fasting throughout the book, and you get to see her home-life, school-life and personal struggles revolve around a month that is so ...
  • Katy Upperman
    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I’ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and… I don’t think there is one? They’re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty great boy, too. ❤2. Enviable prose. This is one of those novels chock full of passages you’ll want to read over and over again, because they are either lovely, or...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Not the Girls You're Looking For was a look at one girl's struggle with self identity and complex relationships, which was very thoughtful, witty, and honest.The Good•Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect from her. To others, she seemed so tough, but that was only on the outside. Inside she was nursing wounds, grappling with personal demons, and slowly unraveling. •Safi's ex...
  • Lara Kareem
    The story starts off slow and then you're going to be like wth? Are these characters, these girls alright... These girls are messy and I was thinking wtf Lulu, but as the story progresses so did my interest and I couldn't not finish it. It's that good. Some actions in the book have me cringing and there are places which had me creasing because I can relate to Lulu, she's Muslim me and her friendship with her girls is as bad and as great as my own...
  • Morgan Rhodimer
    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that."A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wound and kissing it better. I cheered and held the book to my chest with a grin on my face when I finished, unable to contain my joy. Some parts made me laugh, some made ...
  • Allison
    So clearly I'm in the minority so far, but this book was like a 2.75/3 stars for me.First off, what I did like: 1) Yay, a Muslim main character! Well, a 16 year old high school girl who just happens to be Muslim and fasting for Ramadan.2) The culturally blended family! Lulu's mom is white and southern, and I love the way that she... seemingly gracefully and like a normal human person... takes on and supports the culture of her husband's family, e...
  • Tanaz
    I can't wait for everyone to read this book!
  • Rachel
    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that—as it turns out—she didn’t even say. So, yeah, Lulu’s life is a bit complicated. But she’s determined to set things right, because as painful as it is to admi...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all
  • Cathy
    This book comes out in June, 2018. Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it.
  • Crystal
    Review copy via NetgalleyReview to come.
  • A.R. Hellbender
    4.5 starsThis is an incredible coming-of-age story about Lulu and her best friends who don’t seem like they even like each other, and I kept wondering why on earth they were friends, until their friendship goes through some serious ordeals and they have a stronger friendship in the end.Lulu is such a fun character to read about. She is so cutthroat, to the point where she pushes a guy into a pool when he didn’t really do anything to deserve t...
  • Kat
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the E-ARC copy of this novel.Wow. I really enjoyed this novel. Lulu makes this story so wonderful and realistic. Her character is emotional and funny. The relationships in this novel are well written and very realistic. Lulu and her girlfriends are witty, intelligent, and fiercely intense characters. I loved this novel and think that it is one of the best books I have read in the last year. I feel like...
  • Just Reading Everything
    In this contemporary YA, Lulu Saad and her three best friends are confident, messy, and authentic. But when Lulu's actions push her friends away — not to mention the fact that she casuses a very public scene at Ramadan in front of her entire family — she must do what she can to try and fix it. Then there's imperfect James, who Lulu can't seem to quite pin down, who keeps stepping into her life. Can the strong-willed Lulu try to repair the rel...
  • Books and Guacamole
    Oh man, this book. I really loved it. Lulu Saad is everything I want in a heroine—in all of her perfect flaws. Her relationships with her three best friends are given a level of depth and realism so often missing in YA today. These are not perfect girls, and their friendship is far from perfect—but these imperfections make them all the better. I laughed, I cried, and I was moved by their strength and their love. Safi’s prose is Austenian in...
  • Cold Brew Reads
    This novel is perfection. It’s first and foremost a character study—of the irrepressible, whip-smart, self-possessed, utterly unforgettable Lulu Saad, who’s unafraid to chase her crushes and spar with her contentious, close-knit group of friends. Lulu’s Arab-American and Muslim, and the story delves with painful and hopeful detail into the difficulty of finding yourself and your place in two cultures. Meanwhile Lulu fights with her friend...
  • Teresa
    Lulu is a strong, capable girl that doesn't need advice or help from anyone (and this includes her best friends). Yet when something happens to Lulu, that she doesn't know how to process by herself, she learns that sometimes you need to ask people for help. This book was was gritty, dark, sad (in parts) and funny in others...but it was wonderful all around. It was a welcome break from lighter teen writing...Aminah Mae Safi writes the re...
  • Jeana
    In this coming of age story, Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminhah Mae Safi, Junior in high school Lulu Saad battles teenage hormones, discovers the meaning of true friendship, and most importantly discovers who she is on her own terms. If teenage life wasn’t hard enough, Lulu’s attempts at self-discovery are complicated by being mixed races with her mom from Louisiana and her dad from Iraq. Living in Houston, she fights daily battles...
  • Meredith
    This book is spectacular. First of all, there's a real gap in YA stories that revolve around female friendships. Friends either turn on each other or are steadfast in spite of everything- typically the latter. NOT THE GIRLS tells the story of truly messy friendships and how important they are. Not only does she nail that, but there's enemies to lovers, culture clash, racism, and humor all in one. I will say that I didn't quite understand everyone...
  • Cait Hutsell
    I’m not sure why, but it took me a while to get into this book. Maybe it’s because I read too fast and I missed details, or maybe it just took me a long time to fall in love with Lulu...but by the end? I love this book. I love these girls. My students will love this too. You deserve to treat yourself with this read. Buy. Enjoy.
  • Trianna
    The best part of this novel is Safi's writing. Lulu is biracial and I loved how much that plays a role in the story. The friend group was diverse and I enjoyed their dynamics and seeing their bond. I wasn't the biggest fan of the overall plot, there were some really cute scenes and some that dragged on too long. Overall, the writing and the characters kept me engaged.
  • Mervilyn
    Do mind though that when I say unforgettable I am talking about my feels during the read. It doesn’t mean that I remember ALL. There were some dialogues and references I couldn’t understand but I still loved the read. I can’t even remember every character especially her relatives. But I love the characters whose names I could still recall. Dropping names!Here’s Lulu. I’m pretty sure this book wouldn’t exist without her. She’s got in...
  • Karina
    Rating: 4.5 Stars ★★★★.5 maybe 4?? Still deciding on a rating!Not The Girls You're Looking For is a YA Contemporary that explores with such complexity, friendships, love, family, self growth! Safi's debut also seamlessly weaves in humor while navigating a number of complex topics! Through a 3rd person perspective, Safi explores Lulu's life and the many people that are a part of her life from family, friends, classmates, etc. all in a way ...
  • Tia Schmidt
    * I received a free galley from NetGalley in exchange for an open and honest review*I wanted to give this book a try since I LOVED Safi's short in Fresh Ink so I requested it from NetGalley. Since the publication date is so soon, I decided I better give it a shot so I picked it up last night. I got about 20% through it and just was not feeling the book. I know a lot of people say that it has a super slow start, but I just couldn't be bothered rig...