Thank you to TBR & Beyond for a copy of this book.
Apologies for the delayed response – my apartment building had a flood as mentioned in the previous blog post. I’ve had to put a lot of things on hold. I’m doing okay now but it was just a lot to deal with.
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date: October 11th, 2022
Rep: Iranian-American & Mexican-American
Five Feet Apart meets Kate in Waiting in this timely story of two best friends navigating the complexities of friendship while their world is turned upside down by a global pandemic.
The lives of high school seniors Parisa Naficy and Gabriela Gonzales couldn’t be more different. Parisa, an earnest and privileged Iranian American, struggles to live up to her own impossible standards. Gabriela, a cynical Mexican American, has all the confidence Parisa lacks but none of the financial stability. She can’t help but envy Parisa’s posh lifestyle whenever she hears her two moms argue about money. Despite their differences, as soon as they met on the first day of freshman year, they had an “us versus the world” mentality. Whatever the future had in store for them—the pressure to get good grades, the litany of family dramas, and the heartbreak of unrequited love—they faced it together. Until a global pandemic forces everyone into lockdown. Suddenly senior year doesn’t look anything like they hoped it would. And as the whole world is tested during this time of crisis, their friendship will be, too.
With equal parts humor and heart, Parisa’s and Gabriela’s stories unfold in a mix of prose, text messages, and emails as they discover new dreams, face insecurities, and confront their greatest fears.
Content Warning: Anxiety.
First of all I absolutely adored Kate in Waiting and Five Feet Apart so this is a book I had very high hopes for!! This book is heartbreaking and a really good book. I loved reading about Parisa & Gabriela. This is the kind of book where you’ll laugh as much as you’ll cry while reading this.
Look After You- The Fray
You Will Be Found – Dear Evan Hansen
Are You Happy Now? – Megan & Liz
Sad Songs in a Hotel Room- Joshua Bassett
Falling- Harry Styles
Before You Go – Lewis Capaldi
Unsaid Emily- Julie & The Phantoms
Warrior – Demi Lovato
About the Author
Sara Saedi is the author of the memoir Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card and the Never Ever series. She is also a television writer, most recently working on the upcoming Green Lantern series for HBO Max. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
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