[ARC] Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

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Leila, la protagonista del romanzo, sta affrontando una crisi: ha scoperto la propria omosessualità e l’essere di origine persiana e adolescente non aiutano.

L’arrivo si Saskia, nuova studentessa svizzera (dal nome quantomeno originale), genera subito scompiglio, e Leila perderà istantaneamente la testa per la nuova bella della scuola. Nel mentre accadono recite teatrali, conflitti famigliari e il ricongiungimento con una vecchia amicizia.

Questi gli ingredienti di Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, YA scontato e banalotto, in cui i personaggi sono scolpiti con l’accetta e piatti come tavole. Il colpo di scena finale è scontato, e la scrittura non salva dal tracollo il romanzo: non chiedo una Margaret Atwood che scrive romanzi per adolescenti, ma un minimo di complessità narrativa e di ironia non avrebbero fatto male.

Evito di infierire e mi limito a non consigliarlo.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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Leila, the novel’s main character, is facing a personal crisis: she accepts the fact that she is homosexual, but her Persian family and her schoolmates could pose some problems.

When Saskia, a new student from Switzerland (with a peculiar and exotic name), arrives in Leila’s class, everything begins changing suddenly, and Leila falls instantly in love with the new most beautiful girl of the school. In the meanwhile other thing happens, like theatre rehearsal, family issues and an old friendship is back.

This is the recipe for Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, a foreseeable and prosaic YA, where the characters are roughly described and emotionally flat. The ending is trivial, and the writing style does not help: I’m not asking for a clone of Margaret Atwood to write young adults fiction, but a slightly more complexity in the narration and some irony could have helped.

I restrain myself and I restrict to not suggesting to read it.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan ★☆☆☆☆

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