Tell Me How You Really Feel

Tell Me How You Really Feel

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...

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Title:Tell Me How You Really Feel
Author:Aminah Mae Safi
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Tell Me How You Really Feel Reviews

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    I am lying face down on the floor I’m so gay and overwhelmed

  • Gabby

    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

    , 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

    Who is taking a film class and she’s directing her first film for this project, and she absolutely h

    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

    , 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

    Who is taking a film class and she’s directing her first film for this project, and she absolutely hates Sana (because Sana asked Rachel out when they first met and Rachel thought she was making fun of her.) Rachel’s family is very poor, her Mom walked out on them and her and her Father are barely making it. Sana comes for a wealthier family because her Mother is a producer and she’s worked her way up in Hollywood, but she has a complicated relationship with her Father.

    Because of a hilarious situation that happens in the beginning her film teacher requires Sana to be the lead actress in Rachel’s film, and this understandably upsets her because she’s her biggest enemy. But then the two start to bond and get to know each other, and it’s freaking cute.

    so it was very fun to read about a character who also loves movies and is directing her own. (Not sure why she hates Tarantino’s films so much though, he’s a legend but whatever lol.) I’m also from Southern California so

    And this book describes the

    Los Angeles, not the sugar coated la-la-land version that we so often see in fiction. Which I really appreciated, it talked a lot about the smog and horrible traffic and the god damn Santa Ana winds, ughhh. Those are the worst haha.

    Their relationship was so cute and their banter was so freaking funny I loved it, and it was such a slow burn gaaaaahh it was killing me nothing happened between them for so long. I also appreciated how well fleshed out these main characters are, along with their families. I felt bad for both of their situations for different reasons and I just felt like they were so real.

    I’ve just been waiting a long time for a great f/f romance and we finally have one so hooray!

  • Lola

    This is a decent enemies-to-lovers story. I say ‘‘decent’’ because so many so-called love/hate relationships are so… tame. There’s no real hate, just annoyance. There’s also no real reason to hate the other person, just mild disagreements. But what I liked about this book is that it shows how two people—in this case two teen girls—can misjudge one another completely, assuming they have nothing in common and no way to connect, only to find themselves being drawn to one another almost unconsciousl

    This is a decent enemies-to-lovers story. I say ‘‘decent’’ because so many so-called love/hate relationships are so… tame. There’s no real hate, just annoyance. There’s also no real reason to hate the other person, just mild disagreements. But what I liked about this book is that it shows how two people—in this case two teen girls—can misjudge one another completely, assuming they have nothing in common and no way to connect, only to find themselves being drawn to one another almost unconsciously.

    Both protagonists—Sana and Rachel—have their own lives, yet somehow their lives become intertwined when they have a misfortunate (or perhaps very fortunate) accident that results in them having to work together for some time. It’s hard to hate someone or keep hating someone when you’re both working toward a common goal, unless you’re a masochist who would rather fight continuously. I say masochist because, yes, you’re hurting the other person during fights but you’re also very much hurting yourself. Watching Sana, and Rachel especially, decide to stop being masochists made me rather happy.

    I connected with Sana better than I did with Rachel because she is torn between going to an Ivy League school and working abroad right after graduating high school. She knows what her family would rather she chose but she decides to fight for her own wishes, which she hopes will make her happy in the end. Because what’s the point of studying something for many years if it will only make you miserable? Ever head of that saying, ‘‘If you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life.’’ Sana is trying to determine if medicine is the right path for her and I admired her for it.

    It’s an engaging realistic tale that should appeal to anyone who loves reading about characters pushing through fear, doubt and insecurities in order to follow the path they were meant to walk on.

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  • julianna ➹

    what time is it?? [checks watch]

    Listen up, my 2.3 followers. I am most definitely not over the moon-- I am

    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)

    >>

    Nonetheless, three stars is NOT a bad rating! I actually really enjoyed this book and was thoroughly engaged for the majority of i

    what time is it?? [checks watch]

    Listen up, my 2.3 followers. I am most definitely not over the moon-- I am

    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)

    >>

    Nonetheless, three stars is NOT a bad rating! I actually really enjoyed this book and was thoroughly engaged for the majority of it! Therefore, I would like to list all of the quite good things:

    🌷I mean,

    I would like to devote 4 and a half sonnets dedicated to how amazing the cover is and how important it will be to readers to see themselves on the cover and the marvel that is the TWO BROWN LESBIANS ON THE COVER! YES!

    🌷

    it's completely natural and casual. Both the characters have already known for a while exactly who they're interested in: girls. And there aren't many extreme occasions of homophobia (but there are microaggressions).

    🌷Filming is a huge part of this novel, and I think brown film-makers is something I've been seeing a lot (this novel +

    +

    ) which I am so here for. I think that any person who's a fan of the story of Odysseus (but retold!) will really love those aspects woven throughout the plot!

    🌷

    Enemies to lovers + poc main characters + brown author + poc on the cover + sapphic romance. This is enough to give me sustenance for the rest of my life.

    However, the premise kind of... amped up my hopes? I'm really divided on my opinions on this novel, because they really changed from my first sitting to my last sitting.

    But I can't help but think that this book missed the mark on the enemies-to-lovers. I've seen other reviewers say this too, but Rachel Recht honestly seemed unnecessarily mean. I love brutally honest characters, but Rachel was always angry at everyone and just sniped at everyone, no matter what?

    and

    Even though it was an unrealistic misunderstanding— Rachel thought Sana asked her out as a prank— there was still room for me to be convinced by Rachel's train of thought. And... I wasn't convinced? I feel like this novel just failed to effectively get me to completely root for Rachel; Rachel had so much of a vendetta against "pretty people" that failed to garner my support.

    Like, I

    where Rachel was coming from,

    they just seemed like they were there to create conflict between Rachel and Sana and to make Rachel an "unlikeable" character.

    Also, there was a lot of unrealistic dialogue, which really confused me. Some of the writing was really awkward and clunky, and I was in

    when I started noticing the writing and all of the unnatural sentences.

    Listen... even though I was disappointed by this, I would like to give the go-ahead for any new readers venturing into YA to read this! I am

    picky with both my writing and my contemporaries, so this is quite possibly a me thing.

    Something

    was that the book never used the phrases "queer" or "gay" or "lesbian" which they found to be hurtful, which is a completely valid complaint. So just be mindful of this if you're looking for go into the book! I don't want anyone to be hurt. <3

    for heteronormativity and sexism. (Ahhh this is definitely not a full list, but I'm editing this a couple months after reading it and I don't remember everything. I'll wait until other people post reviews w/ their lists so I can update mine.)

    includes lesbian rep (both the main characters), an f/f romance, a Jewish Mexican main character (Rachel), and a Muslim biracial main character who is half Persian + half Indian (Sana).

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  • Malanie

    I’ve talked so much about how het romances have covers which outright show a boy and girl softly gazing at one another.

    Seeing this cover was so nice. In fact, it was more than nice because it was adorable and very clearly Sapphic and look at how fond T

    I’ve talked so much about how het romances have covers which outright show a boy and girl softly gazing at one another.

    Seeing this cover was so nice. In fact, it was more than nice because it was adorable and very clearly Sapphic and look at how fond THESE GIRLS ARE?

    It's also good to have covers that are more lowkey, for readers living in homophobic, unsafe places. But it’s validating to have covers like this one, that are more outright. I wish I had this in middle school/high school???????? But we have it in our hands now, which I'm appreciating with my entire heart.

    This was certainly a romantic comedy, if nothing else. It felt like something from a cheesy television channel! i.e:

    1) standard storyline including karaoke and 24/7 needless drama? I have absolutely zero patience for unwarranted assholes & sometimes these characters

    were assholes without having any good reason to be?? Sometimes I like mean people, because at least they're being honest. I understand when it’s just your personality. But Rachel is a marshmallow and needs to be STOHPED.

    2) (unnatural) dialogue + feelings that have been cut and pasted from the Hallmark Special textbook

    3) it felt like a mildly campy novel.

    I felt like this wasn’t what it could’ve been. There were still cute moments, but I didn’t care about the family drama, the girls’ personal drama, or the relationship drama. I JUST WANTED FLUFF, FULL FORCE.

    I recommend if you want something cheesy, kind of sweet, and you don't mind the story being generic. my depressed self gives it 3 stars, which is encouraging!

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  • 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

    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 past, however, was how this book had very little flow. Maybe it was because the book only took place over one month so everything felt unrealistic or maybe it was just that random scenes were thrown together back to back, but this book just didn't read very smoothly at all. There was no gradual progression of the girls' changing and falling in love, even though they are very different people at the beginning and end of the book. The writing style itself wasn't necessarily bad, but I feel like it focused a lot on meandering inner monologue rather than scene description, which I was craving.

    I would definitely read more from this author and I liked the relationship in this book, but this book was just barely 300 pages and was yet quite difficult to get into and difficult to want to pick back up because the way it was written just didn't capture my interest, even though the characters themselves were cute and interesting.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    11 June 2019

    it's been YEARS and YA just hasn't been catering to my interest in sapphic romantic comedies AND NOW HERE WE ARE LOOK HOW FAR WE'VE COME, MY DUDES

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    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

  • Kai

    the sapphic energy of that cover alone makes me want to run in circles wearing nothing but a pride flag

  • 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

    occurs later on in this story, I couldn't make it through well enough to find out firsthand. :(

    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

    occurs later on in this story, I couldn't make it through well enough to find out firsthand. :(

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