Tell Me How You Really Feel | A Book Review

Tell Me How You Really Feel By Aminah Mae Safi

Summary

Sana Khan is a cheerleader and a straight A student. She’s the classic (somewhat obnoxious) overachiever determined to win.

Rachel Recht is a wannabe director who’s obsesssed with movies and ready to make her own masterpiece. As she’s casting her senior film project, she knows she’s found the perfect lead – Sana.

There’s only one problem. Rachel hates Sana. Rachel was the first girl Sana ever asked out, but Rachel thought it was a cruel prank and has detested Sana ever since.

Told in alternative viewpoints and inspired by classic romantic comedies, this engaging and edgy YA novel follows two strongwilled young women falling for each other despite themselves.

Book Review ★★★★☆

this feels very cute Teen Movie™ but in the best way possible.

I love books about people making art, and i’ve never read (that I can remember) a book about a film maker, but it was soo goooooood. I loved watching them make this movie together and even though I don’t know anything about The Odyssey, this somehow makes me want to read it??? lmao

Thank you for a wlw story not centered around pain and suffering!!! The conflict in this has literally nothing to do with the two main characters being queer. Instead we get the cutest enemies to lovers story and *squeal* it was adorable.

I loooved how different the two main characters are. You can really feel how their personalities initially clash against one another. I know some people might find Rachel “unlikeable” but it really didn’t bother me at all. In my head the shitty stuff she does has context/a reason even if they aren’t logical or correct. There is growth. There is romance. It was cute.

The characters are complicated and complex and unsure teens in the best possible way. They’re fumbling with their lives and although they may seem like they know what they’re doing, they really have no idea. This is a story about figuring out who you want to be on the cusp of adulthood.

The specific way the ending played out wasn’t my favorite, but I didn’t dislike it enough to ruin the entire story for me.

If you need a cute teen romance to read in one sitting for the summer, please look no further than here.

*thank you to Macmillan and Edelweiss for this review copy!

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