Blog Tour & Review: Not the Girls You're Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Title: Not the Girls You're Looking For
Author: Aminah Mae Safi
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Hardcover, 336 Pages
Published June 2018

Summary: Lulu Saad doesn't need your advice, thank you very much. She's got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It's all under control. Ish. Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can't find her way out of this mess soon, she'll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She'll have to go looking for herself.

I received an advanced copy of Not The Girl You're Looking For in exchange for an honest review from the publisher for this blog tour. I'm glad I did, because this was a great story about love, friendship, and finding your true self.

Lulu is a complex character, and that's what I seemed to enjoy most about her. She had moments where she was really struggling with her choices, with her friends, and even with some boys in her school. She was fiesty and outspoken at times, and timid and shy at others. She was definitely multi-faceted, and that's why I loved her so much. She was loyal to her friends when the time came, but she also spoke up when things were going south. It was also really interesting to see Lulu come to terms with her own identity, being half Arab. She thought she had a solid grip on who she was, and then people around her started to ostracize her and make her feel like the odd one out, and then she began to struggle to find out who she really was. So that character development was really interesting to watch.

Lulu's interactions with James were also interesting to see. At first, things seemed like they were going well when they met, but then they continuously had instances where they got off on the wrong foot and each said things to the other that were hurtful or unkind or just plain thoughtless. Watching their interactions in the beginning made me cringe in the sense that I was like "OMG no!! You don't say that to someone!!," but watching the development from that point on was entertaining.

My favorite aspect of the entire story was the complex friendship that Lulu had with all of her friends. They were so fiercely loyal to one another (especially in the very beginning) and spent so much time together that it reminded me a lot of what my own friendships were like in high school and how close all of my friends and I were. So that was a nice little nostalgia trip!

Overall, I liked reading Not The Girls You're Looking For. If you're looking for a story about a sassy, spunky main character who is headstrong and totally badass, then Lulu is the girl for you, and you should definitely consider picking up this book.

I'd like to thank Aimee at Aimee, Always for welcome me onto this blog tour! I really had a lot of fun, and it's been awhile since I've participated in a blog tour like this one, so I'm super glad that I got the chance to revive one of my favorite parts of blogging again. :-)

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