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
    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...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    A Girl Like That begins as we see Zarin and Porus holding hands and walking off to their deaths. It’s a moment that is horrible and beautiful all at once, and the book never quite stops being that. So first of all, this is one of the most intense & heartbreaking books I have read, ever, and I think that's worth knowing going in. But at the same time, it’s an incredibly important book about how the culture of Saudi Arabia is tailor-made to ali...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me!
  • 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...
  • Hiba
    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you’re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again – to anyone – you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that you begin to wonder if life is worth living. Zarin Wadia was a 16 year-old Zoroastrian from Mumbai who's living in Jeddah with her aunt and uncle. Her mother was a b...
  • 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...
  • ilsa ➹
    Ilsa: HelloIlsa: Why are you speaking to yourself?Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speakIlsa: about??Ilsa: A Girl Like ThatIlsa: ...and I care because?Ilsa: BECAUSE I'M A MIXED BAG OF SPRINKLES AND NEED TO GUSH MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK, that one the one hand, is great and tackles sexual assault and rape and a lot of important topics, whilst on the other hand was also very islamophobic and don't get me started about the implicat...
  • 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...
  • Saajid Hosein
    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?"- Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018).
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored the sort-of-love-interest-but-not-really, Porus. ♥Full review to come!
  • 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...
  • Paige
    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0One of the best books I’ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful.
  • 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...
  • Trevor
    1.5 starsHonestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of it before the title page, in little print that can easily be overlooked, especially when using the ebook version. That wasn't enough for me & is very misleading. It lef...
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: death, car accident, slut shaming, bullying, mental health, date rape, drugging of unknowing girls, domestic violence/child abuse, misogyny, death of a parent (in the past).This was a way tougher read than I anticipated it being. I mean, given that the story starts with the main character being dead, it was never going to be a particularly easy read. But there was so much more going on here than I'd anticipated. It's an incredib...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    This book was fast paced and engaging. I read it in one sitting because the writing was captivating enough to keep me on the edge.Zarin Wadia; she is 'a girl like that'.Zarin does not give a damn that she is branded a slut, rebel etc by her teachers, aunty, friends and mostly everyone. Enter Porus Dumasia, who falls in love with her though she considers him a friend. The story begins with a car crash killing Porus and Zarin and then a string of s...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Kayla
    I was pretty dissapointed with this book.. I expected more! The story was so interesting and different but it wasn't pulled off to the level it could have been.
  • Rachel Solomon
    WOW. This was incredible -- gorgeous, gutting, powerful.
  • Sierra
    This book is AMAZING. I'm not quite sure if I have the words.Content warnings: sexual assault/rape, domestic abuse, death of loved ones, cancer (brief mentions in text)