Backlist Broadcast: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
I'm back from vacation! I'm still a little jet lagged and out of whack, but my goal is to be back to regular postings this week.
Today I have a new edition of Backlist Broadcast for you guys! Backlist Broadcast is a feature I started to bring awareness back to books that have been out for awhile that don't get as much love as they used to. I picked Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan for this post because I flew through it on the plane (heh) and loved every second of it.
About Tell Me Again How a Crush Should I Feel (October 7th, 2014):
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.
Oh my GOODNESS, you GUYS. This BOOK. I have lots of shout caps feels about it because it was so wonderful. It's an honest, beautiful narrative about being queer and a woman of color and a teenager today, so obviously it resonated with me deeply. It also provides lots of insight into Iranian culture, something I knew nothing about, so it was interesting and informative for me for that reason as well. For me, it read kind of like Gossip Girl with lesbians, if that's appealing to you. AND the queer girls get a happy ending and there are lots of warm and fuzzy feelings, even though the getting there was difficult. YA needs more books like this.
Have you read Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel? What did you think? Let me know!