High-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticated, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.
I’ve seen a lot of people on my twitter timeline go on about the brilliance of this book, but I didn’t really get why. Sure, it was a nice read, but also a bit boring.
“I want to stop feeling like everything I am is inadequate or makes me unworthy of love because of something I can’t help.”
First of all, let me just say I’m all for f/f books. I think that there should be more books about it and all that jazz, so I’m not hating on that, not at all. But the story was just meh. I wasn’t excited while reading it. I didn’t get heart palpitations or shipped them so hard my head was gonna explode into rainbows and butterflies. It was just.. just.
“When you’re ready so am I.” She smiles through her tears and she rests her head on my shoulder while I rub her back. “Do I have to say something cheesy from a movie now?” she asks through her tears. I nod. “You had me at hello.” I chuckle and so does she.
There were some cute moments in it, but too little for my liking. So yeah, unfortunately, because I was rather excited to read this book.