Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
16 year old Leila, is a Persian American student at a prestigious private school in New England, and she likes girls. She hides her sexuality, both from her classmates and her traditional parents. When a new girl arrives in her class, she finds herself more "out" than she had ever planned to be.
In many ways, this is a classic coming of age story - friend drama, high school drama, family drama. Readers will instant relate to many of these struggles even if the specifics of her life are so different from theirs. At the same time, these specific details of her family life are richly realized, letting teen readers into her world.
Teen readers (and of course, adults like me who enjoy teen books) may also enjoy Sara Farizan's first novel, If You Could be Mine. Lily Wilkinson's Pink also portrays issues of sexual identity in a high school setting (and also includes a play as a major plot point), while Randa Abdel Fattah's 10 Things I Hate About Me may appeal to readers who want to learn more about other cultures.