Not The Girls You’re Looking For, by Aminah Mae Safi

download (1)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 she’d 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 she’s 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.

 

This book was pretty good. I enjoyed it, although some of its aspects were lost on me. I wish that I had been able to understand this book a little bit more, but I think that it was a good book, all in all. The writing style, characters, and plot were all amazing and I can’t wait to read more from Aminah Mae Safi.

The writing style was very good. Not The Girls You’re Looking For was written in the third person, which was surprising, but I recovered almost instantly and started to enjoy the story. I think that sometimes Aminah Mae’s writing style could have improved, but this was her debut, so she was forgiven. Aminah Mae did a good job writing a sassy teenager who messed up a lot but had a good heart. As the book went on I found myself adjusting to the writing style and the third person, and growing to enjoy it. I wonder if Aminah Mae’s style will improve in the second book.

Not The Girls You're Looking For

The characters were probably my favorite part of the book. They were so funny and I loved most of them. Lulu was such a unique character and I really enjoyed reading about her. The side characters were a little bit flat, but I still enjoyed reading about them. Aminah Mae did have a good LGBTQ+ rep though. The friend group that Lulu was in shocked me though. The girls were there for each other but they were also at each other’s throats a lot. It was sort of confusing, but I got used to it after a while.

The diversity in this book was amazing!!!! I loved the representation and how realistic the reactions of the people were. Some of the reactions broke my heart, while others made my day. I really loved the way that all of the girls reacted to insults aimed at some of their friends. It made me hope that one day that would happen to me. I was in love with the way that the characters all respected each other’s traits and stood up for each other. I hope that my friends would do this for each other and me.

The plot was very well written and I was engrossed in it. I enjoyed the humor in Not The Girls You’re Looking For. I thought that the way that the girls dealt with sexual advances was very realistic and I was quite pleased with how Aminah Mae made it known that consent was the most important in a relationship. The plot was very interesting and I was engrossed in it. I was sitting on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t wait to learn more about . . . basically, everything. I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read the next book that Aminah Mae Safi writes.

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. I got the summary from Goodreads. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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