Not The Girls You’re Looking For – By Aminah Mae Safi

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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I thought that this would be a fun book to read based on the synopsis, so I picked it up in October and gave it a try.

Not The Girls You’re Looking For is one of those books that I’m still unsure about even months afterwards. What I first noticed about the book was the writing style, which I enjoyed throughout the entire read. Safi has a unique voice and way of describing things that I found new and interesting.  I also really liked the diversity, Lulu comes from a mixed family and is Muslim. And one of her friends is bi.

As a character Lulu was pretty realistic, she’s angry, funny, full of flaws and quirks and I enjoyed seeing her development over the story.  Her friends, and her interactions with them were sometimes annoying for me. They were really rude to each other a lot, and sometimes cared more about drinking and boys than being good friends to each other. But it seemed to be that they were still realistic characters so I never once considered quitting the book.

For me the plot could be pretty predictable, and I didn’t really enjoy the romance. I felt like the story could have been stronger without it. But I understand why it was included. I think the #ownvoice rep was the best part of this book. And in the end I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

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