Review – Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel – Sara Farizan

Algonquin, 2014

Leila has so many questions. For instance, how does her sister Nahal effortlessly achieve perfection while Leila fails at the basics of science, sport and self-esteem? What should she say to Lisa, her childhood best friend, who seems to be retreating so deep into her shell that no one can follow? How is she supposed to tell her friend Greg that no, she doesn’t fancy him, because actually she has a crush on the glamorous new student Saskia…who maybe, just maybe, likes her? And is there ever going to be a good time to tell her parents she’s gay? There should be a manual for these things, but the only way for Leila to get answers is to take a chance and hope she’s right.

I saw this book recommended on Tumblr, and it was just as adorable as promised. Leila is awkward, uncertain and lovable; all the supporting cast were well-shaped and there were some unexpectedly hilarious moments. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel has its drama, but this isn’t an angsty book. While Leila’s sexuality is of course a big part of the plot, this being a coming of age story, it is not the sole focus and there are a variety of LGBT characters. This is Sara Farizan’s second novel. Her first is If You Could Be Mine.

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