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Tell Me How You Really Feel

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  4,582 ratings  ·  1,055 reviews
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 fi
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends
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Iqra Haq I read this book about a month back and it still has me smiling. I really liked the typical life settings of the two protagonists and how you were abl…moreI read this book about a month back and it still has me smiling. I really liked the typical life settings of the two protagonists and how you were able to read from both points of views. Both going through the struggles of trying to fit in whilst going through almost opposite experiences. And yet they were able to connect and find love for each other and move past their awkward past. I loved how real and emotional both characters were with one another and around other people. The character development is definitely something to admire in this as well as the amazing representation.(less)

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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I am lying face down on the floor I’m so gay and overwhelmed
✨    jami   ✨
idk about you guys, but seeing a book cover that really explicitly shows two girls who are into eachother is giving me all kinds of feels. When I was a kid reading YA, I didn't even know showing f/f couples in books was a thing, and now we're putting them loud and proud on the cover and it's making me so happy.

this cover rules 20GayTeen is officially extended into 2019
Feb 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: owned, queer
the sapphic energy of that cover alone makes me want to run in circles wearing nothing but a pride flag

This was cute as shit. This is an adorable YA f/f romance that I didn’t know I needed until I read it. It’s hate to love and both of these two main characters were so fleshed out and this story gave me so much life.

We have Sana, this absolutely gorgeous cheerleader who is also a very out of the closet lesbian. She gets described in this book as a south Asian Elizabeth Taylor. Then we have Rachel. Who is taking a film class and she’s directing her first film for this project, and she absolutely h
Whitney Atkinson
2.5 stars

This book wasn't awful at all, I just felt that it was weighed down by a lot of structural issues, and it was also steeped in a lot of film references, which is something I'm personally not interested in. I actually really enjoyed the characters and character development, which is what typically engages me best in books, so it did a good job at that. I liked how each girl had their own role at school and in their families, and you got to see both sides of it. The hurdle I couldn't get p
julianna ➹
what time is it?? [checks watch] sad boi hour

Listen up, my 2.3 followers. I am most definitely not over the moon-- I am under the moon because I had hoped that this could be one of my favorites of 2019. It is not.

(Thank you so much to Feiwel & Friends for providing me w/ an arc of this in exchange for review!! This is an honest review. <3)

>> blog review

Nonetheless, three stars is NOT a bad rating! I actually really enjoyed this book and was thoroughly engaged for the majority of it! Therefor
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

I wanted SO BADLY to adore this, but these characters are... whew. I hated them both from their respective introductions and there's no reprieve in sight. They're both so arrogant and Rachel is legitimately a cruel-hearted bully from the first page we meet her on, and while I know a lot of readers will have fun watching the character development that I'm sure probably occurs later on in this story, I couldn't make it through well enough to find out firsthand. :(

Thank you so much to the publis
Thank GOD this was as good as I wanted and needed it to be. This book is such a happy place and I'm so excited for fellow rom-com lovers to love it and ship Sana and Rachel as hard as I do. ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amidst all the chaos and the urge to find an escape, this book welcomed me with all its amazingness!

And with the Pride month coming up, I am so glad I read this book. And it's just one review away before I keep nagging everyone with 'THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING DAMN UNDERRATED!'

As someone who prefers reading more of MM romance, this came out as a big surprise! (There's nothing like I am against FF romance or anything like that but it's just that I am more into BL.)

This book is genuinely surprising
damn I really liked this one. I liked the writing style (something I know some people disliked), it helped me connect with the characters, Sana and Rachel. and oh how much I loved these girls. I loved Sana, someone who is so unsure about her future but who knows what she wants. she's someone who knows the final destination, she just can't figure out which way to get there. she's hardworking and true to herself. and I loved Rachel, my smol angry mexican jewish girl. I loved how angry she was, it ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-read, 2-star
This book took me more than 2 weeks to read.
I honestly did not like the writing style, it was dry af. The places and the objects (the boring things) were decribed all the time, so I skipped them after a while, but when time came to the emotions, it was told me in two words how they feel and nothing more.
The characters are far from flat, they have personality and goals, but again, I just didn't care.
Also, I kinda understand why Rachel hated Sana, but why Sana liked her is beyond my capability. W

Kinda disappointed? I am really in the middle with this but I do think I enjoyed it.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
actual rating: 4.5 stars

Scott (on temporary hiatus)
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Rachel didn't want anything to do with Sana . . . -- page 75

Tell Me How You Really Feel is author Aminah Mae Safi's sophomore effort, a very enjoyable romantic dramedy featuring two eighteen year-old students who are seniors at an LA prep school. At first it appears that they have little in common with each other, but we find out that's not the case at all.

Sana Khan is a conscientious student from a Persian-Indian family, working hard for good grades (she's considering medical school) w
Oct 04, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
this book cover single-handedly cleared my skin, blessed my crops, and granted me lasting inner peace.

seriously, though, look at it. it's so warm and cute and tbh, i want to marry this book cover.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

First, let me just say that I appreciate this cover so much it's unreal. It's not every day that you see two girls lovingly staring at each other on a YA cover and it was about time that someone did something about it!

Now let's talk about the actual book. In my opinion the pacing was a little bit off in the first half of the book, especially in Rachel's parts and when they talked about the movie.
Seeing Sana struggle was very hard but also extremely realistic and well portrayed. Sana's
*Sigh* Apparently when you DNF one book, you start a streak.

I was legitimately so excited about this book. It's about two QPOC, one of them is Muslim, *and* it's my favourite trope: enemies to lovers. Unfortunately, it just...did not work for me.

Some of you may have seen me tweeting about the book that didn't use the word "gay," or "lesbian," or "queer" any variation of those words, and yeah, that's about this book! It felt like the author was really twisting herself into avoiding using these
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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I fell in love with this book the minute I saw its cover and I'm happy to say that the content did not disappoint. TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL is a wonderful Contemporary with an incredibly well done enemies to friends to lovers romance and really strong, complex family dynamics!

Hate to love romances is one of my favourite tropes and whenever it is f/f, I am especially drawn to it. But for me these books often miss the mark on fully establishing the different levels of the re
Parts of this YA I loved, and others I feel iffy about. Two seniors at a fancy prep school, one a future doctor with rich grandparents and a "have-to-be-perfect-daughter" complex and the other a scholarship recepient and filmmaker with a huge chip on her shoulder.

Loved: enemies-to-lovers, sometimes unlikable girls, and ethnic/religious diversity (one is a Muslim girl with South Asian and Persian background, the other a Jewish Mexican American). I also thought the writing at times, where the auth
Rida Imran
How did i just see this?

A beautiful f/f cover and of the girls is brown? Count me in!
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm dnfing this at about a third in. I just can't stand Rachel. She's mean and rude and assumes the worst in everybody. I can see why she has no friends. Frankly, I don't get what Sana sees in her or why she keeps giving Rachel breaks. It isn't like they've had any real interactions to overcome that really nasty personality problem.

Two other more minor irritants deserve mention. First, there's a pervasive misandry in the subtext of this story. Men have things easy and every woman succeeds in the
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
I was so excited to finally read Tell Me How You Really Feel and thought I'd absolutely love this book. It sounds like such a cute, perfect and fun read and I expected to fly through this one in about a day. However, that wasn't the case. Instead it took me several days and a lot of perseverance to finish this book and not just put it down at some point. I just didn't care about either of the main characters and also had a super hard time distinguishing between the two because they sounded very ...more
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full review now on my blog!

ARC kindly provided by Feiwel & Friends in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

rep: a Mexican, Jewish main character, a Muslim, lesbian main character, f/f romance

this just made me really want to rewatch gilmore girls. review to come soon!

“The nice thing about life, and not the movies, is that there's no curtains, no The End. You can always write your own story. You can always start over and begin again. It doesn't have to make sense or go in a straight line. It happens. You make it happen.”


This book was adorable. Honestly, Tell Me How You Really Feel would be a perfect Netflix romantic comedy, AND. IT'S SO GAY.

Sana Khan is a cheerleader and a straight A student. Rachel Recht is a scholarship student who dreams of becoming a s
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Tell Me How You Really Feel is a sweet, sapphic hate-to-love romance with strong protagonists and believable conflicts. I appreciated how this book addressed that one can be feminist without hating traditional femininity and how others assume that stupidity and shallowness always accompanies beauty.

I connected much more with Sana than I did with Rachel. Her struggle between choosing what she wants to do (working abroad) and what her family expects of her (attending Princeton) was engaging and r
kav (xreadingsolacex)
actual rating: 4.5 stars

“She isn’t just a face. Isn’t just the most beautiful woman in the world. She’s got thoughts and feelings and ambitions and drive. She’s got her own hopes, her own fears. The storytellers take away a lot of agency, saying she ran off because a goddess cursed her with love. But she could have stayed. You always have a choice, no matter what you feel. She made the choice to leave it all behind. To do what was unsafe and unexpected. She decided to be selfish.”

Tell M
Kate Olson
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
(free review copy) I'll break down my rating because there are STRONG things and less strong things, but overall, HALLELUJAH FOR A F/F ROMANTIC COVER and an engaging story.

Cover: ALL THE STARS. Honestly, I want every bookstore and library on earth to put this on prominent display. If everyone just bought it simply to display, I'd be happy. We need this book cover on posters - like movie posters. Everywhere. Two teen girls, obviously in romantic love. One of them obviously a woman of color. YES.

Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok

- Evidently, not even lesbians could make me like the hate to love trope
- sana: exists
- rachel: breathes fire
- Rachel is so mean .. like so mean and for no reason??? I just
- This is so strange, Sana is so well fleshed out, a girl faced with all these expectations to be met and standards she needs to uphold
- And Rachel is just????? Mean
- Their progression is ??? They instantly become “let’s hang out” without even liking each other that much (seemingly)
- The cursed high school set stor
Amanda Quain
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Did you always wish that Gilmore Girls was more diverse, and also that Rory and Paris ended up together? Then WOWZER this is the book for you.
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Aminah Mae Safi is a writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She loves Sofia Coppola movies, Bollywood endings, and has seen all of the Fast and Furious franchise. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her partner and a cat bent on world domination (and another cat that is just here for the snacks). Her 2016 We Need Diverse Books winning story will appear in their forthcoming anthology F ...more

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