It’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
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publishing Date: October 16th, 2018
“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.
“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.”