Title: Not the Girls You’re Looking For
Author: Aminah Mae Safi
Published: June 19, 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Reading Period: June 6 – 17, 2018
Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It’s all under control. Ish.
Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of this mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.
Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She loves Sofia Coppola movies, Bollywood endings, and the Fast and Furious franchise. She’s the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. Originally raised in Texas, she now lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner, a cat bent on world domination, and another cat who’s just here for the snacks. NOT THE GIRLS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR is her first novel.
Thank you Aimee of Aimee, Always for hosting the blog tour of Not the Girls You’re Looking For and for providing a copy in partnership with Fewer and Friend. (Note: This does not affect my opinion on the book)
Not the Girls You’re Looking For is one of my most anticipated books this year. I get so excited when I first read the synopsis. So, when I found that Aimee is hosting, I grab the opportunity.
The story is in Lulu’s POV. She is your normal teenager; wild, reckless and vulnerable. In this book, it does not revolve in Lulu’s relationship with her friends but with her family as well. Her father is Iraqi and her mother is American. I like it that I get to read how Lulu find her sense of belongingness to her friends and family, how she grow and how she handles every situation to herself.
Honestly, I struggle in the first half of the book because of the writing style. Since, I am not used to the writing style, I felt like it was slow to me but then realised that I am having a hard time understanding it. I had to reread the first half because there are parts where I couldn’t understand it and most of the time the conversations. There are parts that I struggle in following conversations because I had to reread and think how it come up to that end.
However, what strikes me in this book is the representation of culture differences. It opened my eyes with many Iraqi and Muslims traditions. Lulu has a choice to fast or not to fast during Ramadan and to connect with her family she fast with them and using Ramadan as one of the centres in this book is, I believe, wise. Moreover, I love how this book introduce James. He is dependable, apologise when at fault and truly cares and love Lulu.
On the other hand, this book is not a light read. It has more deep underlying meaning. It is messy, raw with adorable characters.
Here’s the link for the giveaway!