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 shed 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 shes 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....
|Title||:||Not the Girls You're Looking For|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
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Not the Girls You're Looking For Reviews
Review copy via Netgalley
Review to come.
The best part of this novel is Safi's writing. Lulu is biracial and I loved how much that plays a role in the story. The friend group was diverse and I enjoyed their dynamics and seeing their bond. I wasn't the biggest fan of the overall plot, there were some really cute scenes and some that dragged on too long. Overall, the writing and the characters kept me engaged.
*Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
Unfortunately, this was just not the story for me.
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
So clearly I'm in the minority so far, but this book was like a 2.75/3 stars for me.
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
DNF at 48%
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
i finally finished this DAMN book and I am soooo conflicted on how I feel about it?! Review and rating to come.
this is not a review just somethings want to jot down before i write my review
I loooove messy books. as in characters who aren't perfect and mess up and kiss whoever the frick they want. and that's why i kinda love Lulu because she is so unapologetic. she struggles. she likes the wrong guys. she's brave. she's outgoing. she makes mistakes. she messes up. she is such a realistic characte ...more
Not the Girls You're Looking For was a look at one girl's struggle with self identity and complex relationships, which was very thoughtful, witty, and honest.
•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
This is a character driven novel. I feel like I need to preface this review with that, and I feel like you should know that upfront if you're going to read this novel, so you can better prepare yourself for the lack of plot. I mean. Not to say that nothing happens in this book. Stuff happens; a lot of stuff happens. But the stuff that happens doesn't necessarily happen as part of a big overarching cohesive plot. It's more of a day to day, slice of life kinda situation. It's really about a young ...more