Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

  • by Sara Farizan
  • Narrated by Negin Farsad
  • 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is a relief. As an Iranian American, she’s different enough; if word got out that Leila liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when beautiful new girl Saskia shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would.
As she carefully confides in trusted friends about Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila begins to figure out that all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and some are keeping surprising secrets of their own.


What the Critics Say

“Both personal and universal, this is a compelling story about high school, family and owning up to who you really are. Farizan is just the voice YA needs right now. Trust me, you’ll be glad you listened.”(Sarah Dessen, author of the New York Times bestseller Along for the Ride)


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This is an excellent work of coming out/ coming of age YA fiction. The protagonist is an Iranian American girl Leila, who has realized that she's gay and is trying to deal with it. Afraid of life and herself she's never had any experience with a girl; indeed her best friend Greg keeps asking her out. Leila manages to avoid crossing that Rubicon without ever leaving her closet.
Then Saskia enters the picture and the private academy that is Leila's high school and the title of the book now makes sense. Thus she's faced the difficulty of steering her way through the emotional mine field that is high school while living in two cultures while hiding who she really is. Ms Farizan is able to take us through it with hardly a stumble; much less a fall.
This audiobook is more than capable of standing alone. However if you have a child dealing with issues of sexual identity this can be one of the ways your child approaches you in their process of coming out. I worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields for close to a dozen years and the damage I saw from kids rejected by their parents was heartbreaking. The manner in which fictional parents can act as a guide if you let them. These are the same children they were before you found out; don't throw them away.
Whatever relationship path you ultimately take I love you H and I'm always proud to call you my child.
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- Me & My Girls "Welcome to our group Dakota; welcome to my life Summer, you've made it so much better. Give back to our wounded warriors who gave so much."

Endearing Coming of Age Story

I really enjoyed this story. It was charming, witty, and totally relatable for anyone who has ever been teen and crushed on anyone of any gender.

The only real critique I have is that with this narrator, it is sometimes hard to tell for certain what the main character is saying out loud and what she is thinking.This is a downfall of audiobooks, but some narrators offer more distinction between internal and external dialogue.
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- Meredith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2014
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books