I Miss You, I Hate This is really real. And not just real in the sense that it follows the relationship between two best friends going through a global pandemic (I mean, who could relate to that?), but in the way these two best friends are. Parisa and Gabriela’s relationship is so genuine and relatable, funny and heartbreaking, you just can’t help but root for them! But as their friendship is strained by isolation, family drama, and the other stresses of senior year, you can’t help but wonder if their friendship will survive. Let’s just say this one made me laugh and cry and text my own best friend. And now I get to deliver you this glorious, beautiful cover! So without further ado, here is the cover of I Miss You, I Hate This
by Sara Saedi
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.
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.