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Lulu rubbed her shoulder. She had been dragged—literally– into the bathroom by Lo. A sophomore girl at one of the sinks was attempting to wash off the “UNDERAGE” that had
been inked across her hand. After a brief tussle with the venue-provided soap, the girl finally gave up hope and shuffled out of the bathroom, defeated. Lo watched her sad exit with narrowed eyes.
Lo muttered her disdain under her breath. A stall opened up and Lo pulled Lulu in with her. She whipped out a travel sized bottle of makeup remover and grabbed for Lulu’s hand. But Lulu yanked away.
“Dude, no.” Lulu’s voice was stern, probably louder than it needed to be. “My mom knows where I am and what I’m doing. She’ll be expecting a hand mark.”
“That’s no fun.” Lo ostentatiously pushed her hands through her hair, which still looked perfectly tousled despite the humidity. As always.
Lulu’s own hair looked like it had gotten into a tussle with a badly behaved house cat. She didn’t know how Lo did it. Nobody did.
Lo took the bottle of eye-makeup remover and tilted it towards a wad of toilet paper, which she in turn put to work against her own hand. The ink across her hand dissolved quickly. There wasn’t a single red mark leftover to show visible evidence of scrubbing. Lo was a pro.
“I can’t believe she tried scrubbing. With the soap!” Lo’s voice was a harsh whisper. “And like right at the sinks, in front of everyone. You can see that sink from outside. What an amateur!”
Lulu shrugged. “You could adopt her. Teach her your ways.”
“I don’t babysit.” Lo wiped the residue of the makeup remover with an individually packaged face wipe. Lo was also thorough.
“It wouldn’t be babysitting. You’d like be her Yoda. Everyone wants to be somebody’s Yoda,” said Lulu.
TITLE: Not the Girls You’re Looking For
AUTHOR: Aminah Mae Safi
PUBLISH DATE: June 19th 2018
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
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.
Debut author Aminah Mae Safi’s honest and smart novel is about how easy it can be to hurt those around you even if —especially if—you love them.
Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She loves Sofia Coppola movies, Bollywood endings, and the Fast and Furious franchise. She’s the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. Originally raised in Texas, she now lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner, a cat bent on world domination, and another cat who’s just here for the snacks.
Author website: http://www.aminahmae.com/
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