A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

A Girl Like That

A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved. Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school.  You don't want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it tha...

Details A Girl Like That

TitleA Girl Like That
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherFarrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews A Girl Like That

  • Lola Reviewer
    This is not a feel-good book, and Zarin is not your happy-go-lucky heroine.It is fantastically refreshing to be reading a YA contemporary story that is not set in North America. Instead, the reader is heading to Saudi Arabia to meet the controversial Zarin who is more than she appears to be. Zarin has had a tough life. Her father was a criminal and her mother died when she was still a child. Living with her aunt, who abuses her physically, and he...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time.
  • Anna Priemaza
    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you’re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape culture. Religion. Bullying. Mental health. Cultural norms. There is so much heaviness in this book, but Tanaz writes about it all with such profound honesty and depth th...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThere were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a female protagonist who was being slut-shamed for not fitting in with cultural norms, despite other much more interesting aspects of her life, like being an Indian Zoroastrian...
  • Carlie Sorosiak
    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which—coupled with the plot—tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully constructed, but at the same time, everything feels effortless and smooth. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Tanaz’s writing is of the most elegant I’ve ever...
  • Noor
    This is officially the worst book I’ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It’s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that’s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author’s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl hate. Now, it’s a subtle islamophobia, and I suppose a subtle hate if you’re not looking for it, and maybe that’s why it’s gone largely unnoticed so far. But ...
  • Paige
    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0One of the best books I’ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful.
  • Romie
    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault — Rape — Child abuse (physical abuse) — Death — Bullying  — Domestic Violence — Graphic Car Accident — Death of a pet — DepressionAuthor’s NoteMy own story is different from Zarin’s and Mishal’s. Yet it does not make their stories any less true, nor does it diminish the reality of living in a world that still defines girls in various ways without letting them define themselves.This book is a...
  • S.A. Chakraborty
    I have been looking forward to this book for over a year, and it left me just as emotionally devastated as I expected. This is a heavy book, one that left me continuously having to remind myself that these people were not real and I should not be grieving them like they were... but damn. A beautiful, sad story about young love but also the terrible ways we box in both our girls and boys with adult insecurities around sex and honor. One of those s...
  • Laurie Flynn
    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beginning to a story, but that just adds to the uniqueness of this book- there's literally nothing else like it out there. Different perspectives- from Zarin, Porus, a...
  • Laurie
    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read – right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible book and tore through the story in one sitting. A GIRL LIKE THAT is told from the alternative points of view of a group of teens living in Saudi Arabia. The teens a...
  • Kayla
    "Sometimes, life does not go the way we want it to and we can't really change that. But it doesn't matter as long as we have someone to love us. Love is more important than anything else in this world. And you deserve love just as much as anyone else."Here's what you should know about Tanaz Bhathena's What We Left Behind:It is heartbreaking. This is a story about how love—and its absence—can shape a person's life, and it is a story framed wit...
  • Emily Murphy
    This book is beautiful, jarring, unique, and incredibly written. Jeddah comes alive amidst the threaded perspectives--some of which span even from beyond death. As the characters' lives weave together and darken, and the tension and dread build, this book cracked my heart into a bunch of little pieces. Bhathena doesn't shy away from uncomfortable scenes, characters, and questions, and that's what (to me) makes this book so important. I couldn't p...
  • Jenna
    2.5 stars.It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was more of the author telling me things than showing. A good novel has both showing and telling. The characters were complex and the novel addressed a lot of things that don't...
  • Cori Reed
    This is a powerful and emotional read that left me feeling like I was the one who had been in a car crash. Zarin's life is one of tragedy and hurt, but as a character you feel her jump off the page trying to fight back. Very well done.This isn't a happy book, but it will teach you things.
  • Rachel Solomon
    WOW. This was incredible -- gorgeous, gutting, powerful.
  • Caitlin Christensen
    RTC 5/5 stars
  • Jessi
    I'm completely blown away. This was unlike anything I have ever read before. My full review will be posted soon on teenreads.com
  • Katie
    I don't know why I've decided to wait fifty billion years between finishing a book and reviewing it. (Actually, it might only be two days. But that pretty IS fifty billion years in today's time.) But this was good and sad and . . .this feels weird to say about a book that opens with death and has other serious issues, but it felt sad in sort of a low key way. The way lives are sometimes sad, sometimes people don't like you, you're left out and mi...
  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    I first met Tanaz Bathena on Instagram, when she followed by #bookstagram account and upon discovering her profile, I read the Publisher’s Weekly announcement for her debut novel and I KNEW that it was something I NEEDED TO READ.I read this book over the course of a week, and it was poignant and beautiful and it really hit home for me on multiple levels and easily one of the BEST books I read this year. Let’s break it down:WRITING:Told throu...
  • Wendy MacKnight
    I wondered at the strategy of clearly stating our protagonist's ultimate outcome on page one, but never fear; under the firm direction of our author, we are sucked in on page 1 and the ride to get to what happens on page 1 has us thrilled, tortured, and entranced from then on. Set in Saudi Arabia and mostly at the prestigious Qala Academy, we understand very quickly, that the lives of all students are curtailed, but especially the girls, who are ...
  • Cale Dietrich
    This book totally blew me away – it’s powerful, stars some of the most complex and well-crafted characters in all of YA lit, and the prose is consistently breathtaking. I’ve seen another few comps to THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in other reviews, and I can totally see why those comparisons are being drawn – this book tackles seriously tough topics in a sensitive and thoughtful way, while also managing to be engaging and compulsively readable. T...
  • Chelsea
    Though I struggled with A Girl Like That at first, I ended up really appreciating this novel. Because of it’s hard-hitting content, however, I don’t think I’d want to read it again, though I’d like to own a physical copy nonetheless. This novel is unlike anything I have ever read before and if you can handle the heavy subject matter, I’d recommend it (aside from the mental health representation).Check out my blog for more reviews and ot...
  • Ruzaika Deen
    Another version of this review can be found @ The Regal Critiques.Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review via NetGalleyI don't remember when exactly I stumbled upon this book, but ever since I first lay my eyes on it, I knew I had to read it. Therefore. I was extremely elated when I managed to land myself an e-ARC, and I dived into this unique story that promised diverse characters, a gripping storyline and more. Did this book deliver wh...
  • Karen
    Thought provoking story told from the moment the two main characters die (which whoa - I was not expecting since I hadn't read the blurb) and then going back in time to tell how they got to this point.Zarin is fierce and mercilessly judged and failed by the girls/boys and adults in her life - A Girl Like That is an unflinching story of where religion/culture, rape culture, misogyny, mental health crosspaths to a brutal conclusion.There are multip...
  • Margie's Must Reads
    A Girl Like That is hardcore, eye-opening, difficult and amazing!!
  • Cindy
    This debut was absolutely phenomenal. You know that when a book starts out being narrated by two characters who have died, it's going to be something a little unusual—and Bhathena's first novel did not disappoint! A GIRL LIKE THAT has lingered with me almost a month after finishing it; the characters, settings, and circumstances are so beautifully-drawn that they become impossible to forget. Bhathena examines her topics with grace, sensitivity,...