Tell me how you really feel

Aminah Mae Safi

Book - 2019

"Aminah Mae Safi's Tell Me How You Really Feel is an ode to romantic comedies, following two girls on opposite sides of the social scale as they work together to make a movie and try very hard not to fall in love. The first time Sana Khan asked out a girl -- Rachel Recht -- it went so badly that she never did it again. Rachel is a film buff and aspiring director, and she's seen Carrie enough times to learn you can never trust cheerleaders (and beautiful people). Rachel was furious... that Sana tried to prank her by asking her on a date. But when it comes time for Rachel to cast her senior project, she realizes that there's no more perfect lead than Sana -- the girl she's sneered at in the halls for the past three years. And poor Sana -- she says yes. She never did really get over that first crush, even if Rachel can barely stand to be in the same room as her. Told in alternative viewpoints and set against the backdrop of Los Angeles in the springtime, when the rainy season rolls in and the Santa Ana's can still blow -- these two girls are about to learn that in the city of dreams, anything is possible -- even love." --

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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Novels
Published
[New York, NY]: Feiwel & Friends 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
320 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781250299482
1250299489
Main Author
Aminah Mae Safi (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Rachel and Sana are two high-school seniors with uncertain futures. Rachel, ready to start her career as a filmmaker at NYU, is one unfixable film away from graduation. Sana hasn't told anyone in her family that she hasn't put down a deposit at Princeton, having instead applied for a medical fellowship a continent away. When Rachel and Sana are forced to work together to save Rachel's project, they'll have to deal with the fallout of a miscommunication nearly four years old, and the dawning realization that they don't have to go through their next steps alone. Safi (Not the Girls You're Looking For, 2018) offers a compelling, queer love story that treats—with nuance and compassion—the pressure to figure out who you are before you graduate high school. Though there are a few plot threads that seem unresolved or wrapped up too neatly, overall this is a novel with unique but realistic teen voices that will have readers hooked until the end. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Insecurities, misunderstandings, and pride lead to a feud that ignites into passion in this sweet YA romance by Safi (Not the Girls You're Looking For). In Los Angeles, Jewish-Mexican Rachel Recht is both poor and brilliant. She's determined to make a name for herself as a director, and her next big steps all depend on her senior project, which is coming apart at the seams. Then her film teacher forces her to cast her archnemesis, perpetually perfect cheerleader Sana Khan, in a film to showcase by the end of the month. Mean-while, Persian–South Asian Sana is chafing under living up to her family's expectations that she attend Princeton and become a surgeon. When Sana begins to work closely with her crush-turned-enemy, she is forced out of predictable patterns and in turn helps Rachel resolve some of her aggression. As the two of them embrace their feelings for each other, they find the confidence to step into the futures each hopes to create. A beautifully diverse cast, a hopeful look at growing up, and a blossoming spring romance between well-developed characters are sure to spark joy in teen readers. Ages 13–up. Agent: Lauren MacLeod, the Strothman Agency. (June) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Two high school seniors find their voices and first love in this enemies-to-lovers story told from dual perspectives. Brusque and controlling filmmaker Rachel Recht, a Jewish scholarship student at the prestigious Royce School, wants nothing to do with Sana Khan, cheerleading captain and model human being. But when a literal run-in forces them to work together on a film, their tense relationship morphs into something beautiful and unexpected. As they collaborate, they begin to share their most private feelings. Sana, who is Muslim, reveals that she's been having a crisis about her future, hasn't sent her down payment to Princeton, and has secretly applied to a fellowship. Rachel knows she's NYU-bound if the scholarship funds come through, but her future is in jeopardy if she can't get this last film finished. Working together on this project about a woman forging her own path could be transformative for both, if only they could stop arguing and misjudging each other's intentions. Determined to find success on their own terms, the ambitious girls learn to stand up for themselves as they challenge, support, and infuriate each other. Immensely readable with strong characters and quick, clever dialogue, this romance has real depth. Though there is no question that the girls will end up together, it's a joy to watch them fumble toward their eventual happy ending. As much about finding yourself as it is about finding love, this smart, feminist story shows that expectations shouldn't dictate the future. VERDICT This well-written and supremely satisfying romance should be in all collections.—Amanda MacGregor, Parkview Elementary School, Rosemount, MN Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A tale told in alternative viewpoints and inspired by classic romantic comedies follows the unlikely on-camera romance between an overachieving cheerleader and the senior film project director who secretly hates her. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Sana has had a crush on Rachel for years, but when she tried to ask her out it went very badly, and despite not being able to stand Sana, Rachel casts her in Rachel's senior project when she realizes that Sana is perfect for the role.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Aminah Mae Safi's Tell Me How You Really Feel is an ode to romantic comedies, following two girls on opposite sides of the social scale as they work together to make a movie and try very hard not to fall in love.The first time Sana Khan asked out a girl–Rachel Recht--it went so badly that she never did it again. Rachel is a film buff and aspiring director, and she’s seen Carrie enough times to learn you can never trust cheerleaders (and beautiful people). Rachel was furious that Sana tried to prank her by asking her on a date.But when it comes time for Rachel to cast her senior project, she realizes that there’s no more perfect lead than Sana--the girl she's sneered at in the halls for the past three years. And poor Sana--she says yes. She never did really get over that first crush, even if Rachel can barely stand to be in the same room as her.Told in alternative viewpoints and set against the backdrop of Los Angeles in the springtime, when the rainy season rolls in and the Santa Ana's can still blow--these two girls are about to learn that in the city of dreams, anything is possible--even love.