Book Review: Tell Me How You Really Feel

Posted September 19, 2022 by geograph in contemporary, queer, review, sapphic, YA / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Tell Me How You Really FeelTell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
Published by Feiwel & Friends on June 11, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Girls & Women, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Pages: 320
Format: ARC, Audiobook, eBook
Source: Netgalley

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.

Oh, I really liked this book! I love that it takes place at the backdrop of a film set, and how the main character doesn’t necessarily want to be An Actor but rather a director, which isn’t often seen. And I love a sapphic misunderstood-rivals to lovers! This was ultimately just really sweet. Four stars. Booksweet link. Storygraph link.


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