I Miss You I Hate This
Written by Sara Saedi
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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.
Primary ISBN: 9780316629829
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Young Adult, Age 14 or older
Community Represented: Iranian/Iranian American, Mexican/Mexican American
Themes: Coming of Age, Cross-Group Dating, Cross-Group Friendship, Generation: 2nd, Mental Health, Multilingual Character, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Welcoming by Individual
Setting: United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 2nd Generation
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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