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

  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    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 the girl-on-girl hate, but I came to love this book so much, and I definitely want more! Ge...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest reviewFull review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language.I’ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the longest time so when I saw that Aimee over at Aimee, Always was organising the blog tour, I jumped on the occasion and joined the fun. I read the book as soon as I got it and e...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Paige
    Loved this! Review to come soon!
  • 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...
  • Lara Kareem
    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the curb.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 constantly thinking...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    Unfortunately, this was just not the story for me. From the start, I felt somewhat out of sorts as I felt the story began abruptly without an introduction of any kind. At one moment, I even questioned whether I was reading a sequel due to the beginning of this novel. I like novels that begin with a quick pace but for this one, I felt that it was too quick and as if the reader was supposed to already know the background and these characters. As fo...
  • 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...
  • Shealea
    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I’ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You’re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated.While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this story, its beginning was rough, slow, and oftentimes confusing and this continued to drag on for a significant portion of the whole book. There was a lot of weirdly wri...
  • 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...
  • Aminah Safi
    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulnerable and angry and hopeful you are. I let you do your worst, and in turn, you showed me your best. Your growth and determination. Your love and your humor. Anyways,...
  • Alexandra
    Absolutely funny and brilliant!
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.*Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
  • 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...
  • carnovalesque
    This is a character driven novel. I feel like I need to preface this review with that, and I feel like you should know that upfront if you're going to read this novel, so you can better prepare yourself for the lack of plot. I mean. Not to say that nothing happens in this book. Stuff happens; a lot of stuff happens. But the stuff that happens doesn't necessarily happen as part of a big overarching cohesive plot. It's more of a day to day, slice o...
  • 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...
  • Myron Brown
    Lulu Saad, who is part Iraqi and part American, often makes rash decisions but with her three best friends backing her up she has nothing to worry about. However, during one particularly rough Ramadan she makes a set of decisions that make her girls turn her back on her. Lulu never felt so alone but no matter what she does she cannot make amends with them. Safi makes Lulu and her friends come to life. From the moment she is introduced Lulu shows ...