Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

High-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticated, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction bet...

Details Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

TitleTell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
Release DateOct 7th, 2014
PublisherAlgonquin Young Readers
GenreLgbt, Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Glbt, Queer

Reviews Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    “I also began to notice how white everything was. The students, the students’ teeth, and the fences surrounding the outdoor swimming pools we never used. We all seemed to categorize ourselves without ever explicitly saying anything. Where does that leave students who don’t have a clear category?”Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel is the kind of book that I need in my life.Don’t be discouraged by the popular subpar reviews because dam...
  • prag ♻
    update post-read: this is turning out to be a Good Plan already THIS WAS ADORABLE AND FUNNY AND THERE WAS A PLOT TWIST I DIDN'T SEE COMING BUT I LOVED ITupdate pre-read: i need to make intelligent life choices so new plan i'm only going to read f/f romances for the rest of my life now
  • lov2laf
    The strength of this book is that it's from a unique perspective, that of a lesbian Persian-American girl with immigrant parents, coming to terms with who she is and how she still fits within her family.I agree with some other reviewers that the book isn't without issues and I see the critiques as valid. That said, I still liked the lead character, Leila. She's struggling and she has a sarcastic and dry sense of humor that's endearing. It's easy ...
  • Wendy Darling
    DNF This feels like a very slight middle grade book, and is extremely simplistic in terms of plotting, style, emotion, and characterization. Was it also supposed to be funny? It's kind of sad I couldn't really tell. It's too bad, I'd love to see more f/f relationships in YA. An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.
  • jasmine
    This book was beautiful: refreshing writing, lovable characters, a realistic spectrum of emotions, and everything I've ever wanted out of a F/F YA book. The romance is sweet and genuine, and it's a relief to read a book about two girls in love that doesn't revolve around sex.The cast was incredible - diverse, easy to relate to, and the kind of people you end up rooting for. The way this book handled sexuality was amazing, too. I'll be writing a f...
  • ❀
    “I want to stop living in fear. I want to stop coming up with excuses about why I'm not interested in dating. I want my family to know me. I want to get to learn more about Lisa. I want to stop feeling like everything I am is inadequate or makes me unworthy of love because of something I can't help.” 2☆This is going to have a lot of spoilers, but here we go:I'm conflicted about this book. Part of me really, really liked it, I thought that ...
  • Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
    MY REVIEW IS ALSO POSTED HERE. "I want to stop living in fear. I want to stop coming up with excuses about why I'm not interested in dating. I want my family to know me... I want to stop feeling like everything I am is inadequate or makes me unworthy of love because of something  I can't help." There goes my feels..Ever feel like you're too old for the book you're reading even though you're just 2 years older than the protagonist? Or that's jus...
  • Eli
    I AM SO HAPPY BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK.Sara Farizan really knows how to write a relatable lesbian teenager. I mean, this definitely was not profound in any sense of the word, but it was still great nonetheless. Leila is so funny and so real that it was hard for me to not feel like I could have been best friends with her. Her struggles were also very relatable. Conservative parents, being preyed upon by selfish girls who want to use you, falling in lo...
  • Liralen
    1) I am so happy to see more queer YA lit,1a) Particularly with female protags,1b) Particularly with diversity, and1c) Particularly when the character has already figured out that she's gay, and the entire plot isn't taken up by angsting over this possibility.2) That said:Oh.This bitch is crazy. (220)Yes. Yes she is. It really shouldn't have taken Leila 220 pages to figure that out. And it disappoints me—not that Leila let hormones override com...
  • Suzie Toumeh
    You should know homosexuality is a crime in Iran.By the law it's punishable by imprisonment. But by the law of the conservative Iranian society it may even be punished by execution.Using the Iranian-American theme was pretty cool. (I'm Arab but the cultures are very close, it felt like I was at one of my awkward family dinners or a traditional party, where I had to give double-cheek kisses to old fat Arab ladies.)Anyway, The book is short but sti...
  • Chessa
    I really enjoyed this one! Leila is a teenaged Iranian-American and she's gay - and hasn't told anyone. The book deals with her second major crush (which takes place at her private school as opposed to summer camp), navigating friendships and family, and trying to find her place at school - you know, just easy breezy stuff. ;)Much of the book deals with the crush/friendship with a manipulative girl - it was actually great to see a toxic friendshi...
  • Kat (Lost in Neverland)
    Very predictable and not very well written, but hey, positive biracial lesbian YA.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    4 stars. This isn't a particularly quality novel, maybe. But it's funny and it's sweet and that's what you need out of a contemporary, right?My favorite part of this book is the humor. Leila's narrative voice is absolutely hilarious. Her descriptions of each side character are so funny. Her inner thoughts are hilariously relatable. Even when the book gets sad or dark, Leila's voice brings it back into the realm of enjoyable. Despite the humor, Te...
  • B.A. Wilson
    I got a copy of the ARC for this novel from Algonquin YR through a Goodreads Giveaway, and I read it almost straight through. It sucked me in fast with the perfect amounts of humor, angst, and heartfelt moments. I totally 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. It sent me back about 18 years to those trippy feelings o...
  • Ceili
    God, this was so cute and fun and good until Sara Farizan had to go and slap me in the face with her biphobia. And it comes in every flavor! You've got the lady who only dates men but had a "lesbian phase" in college, the girl who likes multiple genders but hates labels, aaaaand the evil manipulative 'slutty' villain girl who flirts with and uses people of multiple genders while being described as "crazy" and "psycho"- hello ableism! I am so fuck...
  • Sarah
    It’s amazing the difference between an audiobook and a print book. Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel is a lesbian coming of age/coming out story featuring Leila, who has fallen for the glamorous new transfer student Saskia. Of course she also has to contend with her Persian parents, perfect older sister, guy friend who doesn’t understand why she doesn’t return his feelings, failing science, and a host of other teenage problems.I was lis...
  • Michelle Ellis
    This book was really enjoyable and I devoured it in two sittings. I loved the discussion it brought up about toxic relationships and friendships. The Persian American heritage and cultural exploration excerpts were great as well. The romance was completely swoon worthy. I absolutely loved them together. The writing was engaging and funny. I laughed and awed out loud many times throughout this book. There were some writing mistakes but I feel that...
  • Melissa Veras
    2.5 stars.
  • Malanie
    “How do people do this? How do people work up the courage to be themselves even if it means facing rejection from people who love them? Why don’t people get medals for this?” I'm kind of sad because this wasn't the soft sapphic love story I was hoping for!!! I'm pleased with the personal journey aspect, into accepting that you're attracted to girls, accepting your body (fat rep!) and accepting your heritage (POC rep!). But this story reall...
  • Angie
    I think that anyone who has ever had a crush, no matter what you're sexual orientation, and has felt like they don't fit in for whatever reason will be able to relate to Leila. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel is all about Leila figuring herself out. She knows she's gay, but isn't out yet. She already feels like she sticks out at her mostly white high school, and her parents are traditional Persians who want her to be a doctor even though Le...
  • Jamie
    Like a Persian lesbian Sarah Dessen book. And I mean this in the BEST way possible.
  • Marie the Librarian
    I loved this book. Leila is so easy to relate to and the humor is amazing. This is a beautiful book about important and difficult themes such as finding out who you are, bullying and being yourself.
  • Mel González
    “I also began to notice how white everything was. The students, the students’ teeth, and the fences surrounding the outdoor swimming pools we never used. We all seemed to categorize ourselves without ever explicitly saying anything. Where does that leave students who don’t have a clear category?” This was wonderful, probably not a five stars book because it was a little too cheesy at times but all the amazing things it had made up for tha...
  • Pixie
    i had things to do but i accidentally read this in one sitting instead? i didn't even pee? it was just so cute and fun yet real, i'm always into a whimsical tone while touching on more serious issues. my only complaint would be that a potentially bi character is ~not into labels. look, i get that it's realistic for a high school kid to be unsure about labels, and obviously irl it's fine if people don't like labels, but in fiction avoiding specifi...
  • Tegan
    agh v cute (warning for some homophobia/slurs and stuff) the main character is so so likeable and relatable and such a cool person + the romance was SO CUTE
  • Leah
  • J.
    3.5/5 stars. A sweet coming of age story filled with love, realistic angst, and acceptance. Very relatable and witty.