A Very Large Expanse of Sea-Book Review

A Very Large Expanse of SeaIt’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by

Tahereh Mafi


Author: Tahereh Mafi

Pages: 320

Publishing Date: October 16th, 2018

Publisher: HarperTeen


“If the decision you’ve made has brought you closer to humanity, then you’ve done the right thing.” 

I read 2 MG of Tahereh Mafi and loved those, Many of people on Bookstagram were recommending me A very large expanse of sea plus its title is pretty plus Synopsis sounds interesting so I decided to give it a go.

*A little Rant*

In my mind somewhere I was bit scared to read it as I was hoping same stereotype Muslim characters. For me they are misleading, The most irritating thing in the books which synopsis claimed say they are representing Muslims and when I read the books I mostly find that they are manipulating Islam just for making a story a little spicy…I know many people don’t agree with me and they don’t need to, It is my personal opinion and I don’t agree with many concepts of Tahereh Mafi in this book. We Hunt the flame is my most anticipated book of the 2019 and Arabic background fantasy written by a hijabi Muslim writer, I read it somewhere where a person asked Hafsah Faizal if her characters are Muslims and she replied no they aren’t, I am not ready to mix my religion in my stories, I just loved her honesty…Same I expect from all the other authors when they claim that they are focusing one issue either it is religion or other, don’t just manipulate basic things for sake of making the story interesting.

*Rant Ends*

“Be honest. Remember, honesty is everything. Without it, we can never move foward. We can never have productive discussions. So be honest” 

Let’s come back to the book, I enjoyed it more than many other YA, Yes I don’t agree with a few points in the book. I loved the writing, I finished this book in one day, I was completely intrigued.

Shirin, a 16-year old hijabi girl, who is more bitter than needed after facing so many racist events after 9/11. She is angry with each and every one. I loved her and Navid relationship, There are a few books which focuses on a brother-sister relationship.

Ocean, he is the most likable character of the book, he is sweet, caring, honest, straightforward, brave and cute.

Shirin and Oceans chemistry was great, Their scenes were written beautifully that you can feel those.

The story was interesting and different except a few cliches which are the permanent part of YAs.

The title is so pretty which is a bonus 😁

“I mean, I wasn’t fine. I would be fine. But I wasn’t there yet.” 

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59 Comments Add yours

  1. Great review! I’ve been wanting to read this book.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Naty says:

    Really good review!! I am glad this book was good, I have been hearing a bit about it but was not sure about the representation either… Glad to hear it is done well!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you…Yes I also heard mixed reviews and after reading it I can understand why…


  3. shortgirl says:

    Oh, this book sounds so good! I especially love the quotes that you chose 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Laurie says:

    I want to read this book as soon as possible, because I heard only positive stories about it. At least, from the Dutch book community.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I hope you’ll like it 🙂


  5. Empress DJ says:

    I avoid religious issues whenever possible – I find them tiresome

    Liked by 2 people

  6. yourwordsmyink says:

    I’m going to add this book to my TBR, I’d like to read it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I hope you’ll like it…


  7. Great review. I will add to my YA list of TBR.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Ruby's Books says:

    Great review. I’m curious about this book, and I’ve seen it around, and I’m intrigued. I liked the quotes, especially the one about honesty.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you…I hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂


  9. Michelle says:

    Solid reason to rant, nothing is more irratating than that

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I am glad someone is agree with me.


  10. This is a new one to me, but it seems like it would be quite emotional.

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  11. Star Brite says:

    As a hijabi in America I actually really related to a lot of Shirin’s thoughts and it was so amazing to see such great rep (aside from the romance since that wasn’t relatable to me tbh hahahah)

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    1. Hahaha….I can understand the struggle you are talking about…I have heard so many stories like this except this extra bitterness of Shirin’s character…

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  12. Really enjoyed your review, will be adding this to my TBR

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you…It means a lot 🙂


  13. vidyatiru says:

    enjoyed your review and the characters sound like ones i will like knowing myself

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Characters were different from other YA.


  14. Floryie says:

    Good review! I am glad you liked it inspite of the rant..

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Great review. I haven’t read many YA books, perhaps only a handful, but the diverse nature of this is compelling. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you 🙂
      I hope you’ll like it…


  16. great review! I’ve heard so many mixed things about this book. She wrote this one from own experience so that’s what makes it interesting to me I guess. But I don’t know if I’ll ever pick it up since I’m getting less and less excited about it haha.

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    1. I can understand It also happens with me when I am so excited to read a book and after a couple of weeks I am like meh….
      Thank you 🙂


  17. Susanne says:

    A Very Large Expanse of The Sea sounds like an interesting book, and I think I am going to try it thanks to your review. (I believe I’ve read something wirrten by Mafi before but can’t re-call what arg)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shatter me series or Furthermore?
      It is different and interesting 🙂


  18. bitchbookshelf says:

    Great review and I appreciated your rant. I’m excited to read this one.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. jenchaos76 says:

    Sounds great! I am glad you did this review!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for reading the review 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Great review, I’ve been having this book on my radar for quite some time now and I also heard mix reviews about it, but I still want to check it out one day. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Kati, I can understand the reason behind mixed reviews.


  21. Great review, I am very interested in reading this book.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I hope you’ll like it more than me 🙂

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  22. Great review. Glad you enjoyed the book.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Great review. I’m been really curious about this one. No idea when I’ll get to it but I’m looking forward to trying it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you…I was seeing it everywhere…


  24. Lovely review. I actually had never heard of the book until now.

    Liked by 1 person

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