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Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Posted by Caitie F on November 26, 2014

Title: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel20312458
Author: Sara Farizan
Hardcover: 304 pages
Pub Date: Oct 7, 2014
Publisher: Algonquin for Young Readers
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads

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 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 is my favorite contemporary YA book of the year. It was just perfect in tone, characters, story, and writing. Sara Farizan is extraordinarily talented.

If you like feeling all of your feelings, this is a books for you. Leila is incredibly funny and her internal monologue was actually laughing out loud funny at many times Her story is heart-breaking at times and you will probably shed some tears.

This voice and this story felt so incredibly realistic. The characters talk like teenagers. They are insecure and always questioning. They make some big mistakes, but they learn from these mistakes. They have families and siblings and friends. It isn’t just a love story, it is Leila’s story that includes finding some love.

When we talk about needing diversity in books, this is the kind of book I am often thinking of – a book with different sexualities, races, and cultures. All of these influence the characters.

This is one of my favorite books of the year and I need to read everything Sara Farizan writes. She is extremely talented and everyone should read this book.


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