Not the Girls You're Looking For
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 lit...more
this book was supposed to make me feel represented and instead it gave me a migraine
you know what the saddest thing about this is that I want to support authors of colour, I want to read their books and squeal over them and recommend these books to my friends and family and be like WOW this book was written for me
but that’s rarely happens :) like :) ever :)
so here we are again
DISCLAIMER DISCLAIMER, before y’all @ and subtweet me, im aware that everyone has their own views and ...more
I'll admit, the start was a tad slow, and I was iffy about the girl-on-girl hate, but I came to love this book so much, and I definitely want more! Generally, here's what you will LOVE about this book ( ...more
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders
CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language.
I’ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the longest time so when I saw that Aimee over at Aimee, Always was organising the blog tour, I jumped on the occasion and joined the fun. I read the book as soon as I got it and ended up enjoying it despite a few qualms I had with ...more
diverse rep: arab, muslim, bisexual, lesbian, latina, and so much m ...more
I really wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t get into it so instead of taking another 10 days to trudge through the second half, I’m just going to DNF.
Not the Girls You’re Looking For has a lot going for it. It centers a biracial Arab-American Muslim teenager during the month of Ramadan. She is fasting throughout the book, and you get to see her home-life, school-life and personal struggles revolve around a month that is so vital to Muslims everywhere but is often glossed over in ...more
The story starts off slow and then you're going to be like wth? Are these characters, these girls alright... These girls are messy and I was constantly thinking wtf is going on, but as the story, progressed so ...more
2. Enviable prose. This is one of those novels chock full of passages you’ll want to read over and over again, because they are either lovely, or sharply insightful, or darkly funny.
3. Feminism for the win. ...more
From the start, I felt somewhat out of sorts as I felt the story began abruptly without an introduction of any kind. At one moment, I even questioned whether I was reading a sequel due to the beginning of this novel. I like novels that begin with a quick pace but for this one, I felt that it was too quick and as if the reader was supposed to already know the background and these characters.
As for the characters, that was another issue that I ha ...more
•Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect from her. To others, she seemed so tough, but that was only on the outside. Inside she was nursing wounds, grappling with personal demons, and slowly unraveling.
•Safi's exploration of Lulu's inner struggle of not be white eno ...more
While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this story, its beginning was rough, slow, and oftentimes confusing and this continued to drag on for a significant portion of the whole book. There was a lot of weirdly written dialogue that showed no direction and came across ...more
First off, what I did like:
1) Yay, a Muslim main character! Well, a 16 year old high school girl who just happens to be Muslim and fasting for Ramadan.
2) The culturally blended family! Lulu's mom is white and southern, and I love the way that she... seemingly gracefully and like a normal human person... takes on and supports the culture of her husband's family, even though she's not fully included
3) The MC who f ...more
Anyways, this is me being a sap and telling you my first n ...more
“He was a boy made to be conquered, maybe even saved. But not by Lulu. She was neither a knight or a Nightingale. She was a girl made to be selfish. She would have her own adventures.”
I'm having a terrible time coming up with my own summary of this book, so here's the Goodreads summary: “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 ...more
A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wound and kissing it better. I cheered and held the book to my chest with a grin on my face when I finished, unable to contain my joy. Some parts made me laugh, some made me swoon, some made me cry. I love this book to pi ...more
GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself.
I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.
The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy reading about Lulu and her friends. I was more interested in her mother.
Overall I didn't really enjoy it. I still recommend.
Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it.
“Queens, Lulu-cat. We've crowned ourselves. We run ragged as we please. The only people who tell us what to do are each other.”
I love this book with every fiber of my being. It is so close to being a 5-star read, I docked half a star for lack of a plot. The conflict and resolutions were a bit weak as well. The timeline of this book was murky it would casually mention it was freshmen year then not much later it was sophomore year. Then it skips to them being juniors and going to ...more
I had a strong, immediate dislike of Lulu after reading the first chapter. I was worried I would have to "dnf" the book because she just rubbed me the wrong way. Plus, her best friend Audrey was making me grind my teeth. Then I got to the fourth chapter and it's like a light bulb went off over my head and I finally had just enough light to really see Lulu, ...more
[But first, please keep in mind that I won’t talk about the Muslim representation in here. Everyone practices their religion differently, and while I don’t agree with how Lulu treats her religion in here (she doesn’t drink, date, etc while she’s fasting but does it th ...more