Not the Girls You're Looking For
Except maybe this time she's done a little more damage than she realises. 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.
Debut author Aminah Mae Safi's honest and smart novel is about how easy it can be to hurt those around you even if - especially if - you love them.
- Hardback | 336 pages
- 142 x 216 x 31mm | 404g
- 19 Jun 2018
- St Martin's Press
- New York, United States
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
Safi's debut novel offers Arab and Muslim readers a teenager they can relate to as they too learn to navigate racial and religious tensions in a predominantly white society. Delightful and funny but still giving voice to serious issues of sexual consent and xenophobia.
These authentic teen girls are smart, complicated, sexual, and sensitive. Their friendships can be mean and messy, but they are also fiercely loyal. This rich story also explores biracial and mixed culture identity (Lulu has a white mom and an Arab dad) in all its joys and struggles.
--School Library Journal
As hilarious as it is heartwarming, this beautiful story about family, friendships, and one amazingly complex teenage girl will leave you begging for more.
--Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi
"Engaging and unexpected, voice-y and full of verve, this a whip-smart swan dive into all the messiness of best friendships and new romance, fitting in and growing up."
--Katie Cotugno, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Love
"An intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people."
--Jodi Meadows, author of Before She Ignites
"Lulu Saad is exactly the girl YA fiction has been looking for: a fearless and beautiful Arab-American Muslim ready to take the world by storm. Sparkling with humor, wit and vulnerability, Safi's debut will make you laugh and cry."
--Tanaz Bhathena, author of A Girl Like That
Fiercely unapologetic and unapologetically fierce. This is exactly the kind of bold, messy, girl-driven, friendship-centric narrative that I have indeed been looking for.
--Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts
"A sexy, multifaceted and beautifully complicated debut for anyone who has ever struggled with friendships, religion, and love. A must-read!"
--Nisha Sharma, author of My So-Called Bollywood Life
Deftlywritten and darkly funny.
--Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden
"An honest slice of teen life from a teen character you need to know.
--Sara Farizan, author of If You Could Be Mine
About Aminah Mae Safi