Not the Girls You're Looking For

Not the Girls You're Looking For

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 lit Lulu Saad doesn't need your advice, thank you very much. She's got her three best friends and nothing can stop he...

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Title:Not the Girls You're Looking For
Author:Aminah Mae Safi
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1250151813
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Not the Girls You're Looking For Reviews

  • Cathy
    Feb 25, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

    3.5 Stars. I loved the focus on female friendships but at times, it didn?t feel like much was going on in terms of plot. ...

    This book comes out in June, 2018. Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it. ...

  • Crystal
    May 27, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

    3.5 Stars. I loved the focus on female friendships but at times, it didn?t feel like much was going on in terms of plot. ...

    This book comes out in June, 2018. Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it. ...

    Beautifully written!!!! One of my favorites this year ...

    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 som...

    Review copy via Netgalley Review to come. ...

  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    Jul 20, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

    3.5 Stars. I loved the focus on female friendships but at times, it didn?t feel like much was going on in terms of plot. ...

  • Aminah Safi
    Jun 25, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

  • carnovalesque
    Jun 26, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

    3.5 Stars. I loved the focus on female friendships but at times, it didn?t feel like much was going on in terms of plot. ...

    This book comes out in June, 2018. Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it. ...

    Beautifully written!!!! One of my favorites this year ...

    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 som...

    Review copy via Netgalley Review to come. ...

    4.5 stars This is an incredible coming-of-age story about Lulu and her best friends who don?t seem like they even like each other, and I kept wondering why on earth they were friends, until their friendship goes through some serious ordeals and they have a stronger friendship in t...

    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 h...

  • Jodi Meadows
    Sep 04, 2017

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

  • Katy Upperman
    Sep 21, 2017

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

  • Tanaz
    Jun 17, 2017

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

  • Allison
    Mar 17, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

  • Rachel
    May 23, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    May 17, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

  • alexandra
    Aug 14, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

  • Paige
    Apr 21, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Jun 24, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

  • Melissa Flanagin
    Aug 13, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

    3.5 Stars. I loved the focus on female friendships but at times, it didn?t feel like much was going on in terms of plot. ...

    This book comes out in June, 2018. Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it. ...

    Beautifully written!!!! One of my favorites this year ...

  • Books and Guacamole
    Mar 19, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

    3.5 Stars. I loved the focus on female friendships but at times, it didn?t feel like much was going on in terms of plot. ...

    This book comes out in June, 2018. Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it. ...

    Beautifully written!!!! One of my favorites this year ...

    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 som...

    Review copy via Netgalley Review to come. ...

    4.5 stars This is an incredible coming-of-age story about Lulu and her best friends who don?t seem like they even like each other, and I kept wondering why on earth they were friends, until their friendship goes through some serious ordeals and they have a stronger friendship in t...

    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 h...

    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the E-ARC copy of this novel. Wow. I really enjoyed this novel. Lulu makes this story so wonderful and realistic. Her character is emotional and funny. The relationships in this novel are well written and very realistic. Lulu and her girlfr...

    In this contemporary YA, Lulu Saad and her three best friends are confident, messy, and authentic. But when Lulu's actions push her friends away ? not to mention the fact that she casuses a very public scene at Ramadan in front of her entire family ? she must do what she can to try...

    Oh man, this book. I really loved it. Lulu Saad is everything I want in a heroine?in all of her perfect flaws. Her relationships with her three best friends are given a level of depth and realism so often missing in YA today. These are not perfect girls, and their friendship is far f...

  • Shealea
    Jun 19, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

  • Kat
    Oct 31, 2017

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

    3.5 Stars. I loved the focus on female friendships but at times, it didn?t feel like much was going on in terms of plot. ...

    This book comes out in June, 2018. Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it. ...

    Beautifully written!!!! One of my favorites this year ...

    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 som...

    Review copy via Netgalley Review to come. ...

    4.5 stars This is an incredible coming-of-age story about Lulu and her best friends who don?t seem like they even like each other, and I kept wondering why on earth they were friends, until their friendship goes through some serious ordeals and they have a stronger friendship in t...

    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 h...

    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the E-ARC copy of this novel. Wow. I really enjoyed this novel. Lulu makes this story so wonderful and realistic. Her character is emotional and funny. The relationships in this novel are well written and very realistic. Lulu and her girlfr...

  • Morgan Rhodimer
    May 19, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

  • Lara Kareem
    May 17, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

  • Trianna
    Jun 16, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

    3.5 Stars. I loved the focus on female friendships but at times, it didn?t feel like much was going on in terms of plot. ...

    This book comes out in June, 2018. Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it. ...

    Beautifully written!!!! One of my favorites this year ...

    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 som...

  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    May 26, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

  • Alexandra
    Jun 19, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

  • Samantha (WLABB)
    May 05, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

  • ilsa ➹
    Jun 10, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

  • A.R. Hellbender
    May 07, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

    3.5 Stars. I loved the focus on female friendships but at times, it didn?t feel like much was going on in terms of plot. ...

    This book comes out in June, 2018. Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it. ...

    Beautifully written!!!! One of my favorites this year ...

    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 som...

    Review copy via Netgalley Review to come. ...

    4.5 stars This is an incredible coming-of-age story about Lulu and her best friends who don?t seem like they even like each other, and I kept wondering why on earth they were friends, until their friendship goes through some serious ordeals and they have a stronger friendship in t...

  • Laura (bbliophile)
    Jun 14, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    May 01, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    Jul 15, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

  • Just Reading Everything
    Mar 05, 2018

    Not the Girls You're Looking For wasn't what I expected it would be--but that's definitely not a bad thing! It's just that I expected a light, fun read based on the way the synopsis was written, but this book wasbrutal. It was a tad dark, but it was just so truthful and hit me right ...

    I received a review copy in exchange of an honest review Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders CW: Dubious consent, sexual assault, racism, underage drinking, drug use, slut shaming, ableist language. I?ve been absolutely dying to read this book for the ...

    Official comments: NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR is an intense, emotional debut about finding one's place in the world and throwing off labels applied by other people. These are girls with teeth, claws, and hundreds of razor-sharp edges that protect their vulnerable hearts. ...

    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...

    i'm so in love with these messy friendships and angry girls!!!! *sobs* it took a while to get into it, but once i got the swing of things i didn't want to stop. there isn't much of a plot, but i think that's part of why i enjoyed it more. it reminded me what it feels like to be ~peak t...

    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 teena...

    Loved this! Review to come soon! ...

    1. aMaZiNg characterizations. I?ve been searching for one perfect adjective to describe Lulu and her girl friends and? I don?t think there is one? They?re fierce yet vulnerable, confident yet afraid, always exuberant, and so very real. There are some A+ parents plus a pretty gr...

    Not the Type of Girls You're Looking for is that book that is going to creep up on you, that you won't expect to like but at the end, you'll end up loving it so bad, the story stays with you forever. This story is hell-bent on kicking stereotypes to hell, and judgemental asses to the c...

    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 ...

    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. The Good ?Lulu was a force to be reckoned with! She was interesting and complicated, and I never knew what to expect fr...

    This is easily one of the most difficult book reviews I?ve ever had to write because I have plenty of mixed feelings about Not the Girls You?re Looking For that make expressing my opinion just a tad more complicated. While I eventually learned to appreciate many aspects of this ...

    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 m...

    Darling, Lulu. I didn't know you'd get to breath fresh air and take up shelf space when I wrote you. I got you wrong so often in that first draft. But I kept plugging away and you took on shape and you took on life and here you are out in the world. I'm so proud of how messy and vulner...

    Absolutely funny and brilliant! ...

    This book has some wonderful character exploration but the writing just didn't click with me at all ...

    "You aren't who anyone decides you are. You aren't how anyone treats you. You have to find peace in that." A book of deeply flawed, sharp-clawed, and relatable girls, especially the main character Lulu. This book ripped me open and handed me a mirror to see, before sewing up the wou...

    I can't wait for everyone to read this book! ...

    Lately, Lulu has been screwing everything up. Her three best friends are all pulling apart at the seams, an almost accidental drowning at a party has her grounded for life (or at least the remainder of Ramadan), and she finally snaps at one of the aunties for saying something that?as...

    Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. I was a bit vary when I read the synopsis. Regardless I still wanted to give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The writing style was a bit clunky and just all over the place. I didn't enjoy...

    3.5 Stars. I loved the focus on female friendships but at times, it didn?t feel like much was going on in terms of plot. ...

    This book comes out in June, 2018. Slow start but about 1/4 of the way in, it just starts steam rolling forward. If John Hughes had written one of his 80's rom coms with a quartet of girls as the main characters, this would be it. ...

    Beautifully written!!!! One of my favorites this year ...

    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 som...

    Review copy via Netgalley Review to come. ...

    4.5 stars This is an incredible coming-of-age story about Lulu and her best friends who don?t seem like they even like each other, and I kept wondering why on earth they were friends, until their friendship goes through some serious ordeals and they have a stronger friendship in t...

    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 h...

    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the E-ARC copy of this novel. Wow. I really enjoyed this novel. Lulu makes this story so wonderful and realistic. Her character is emotional and funny. The relationships in this novel are well written and very realistic. Lulu and her girlfr...

    In this contemporary YA, Lulu Saad and her three best friends are confident, messy, and authentic. But when Lulu's actions push her friends away ? not to mention the fact that she casuses a very public scene at Ramadan in front of her entire family ? she must do what she can to try...