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
GenreContemporary, Young Adult

Reviews A Girl Like That

  • 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...
  • Paige
    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0One of the best books I’ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rachel Solomon
    WOW. This was incredible -- gorgeous, gutting, powerful.
  • 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...