A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

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...

Details A Very Large Expanse of Sea

TitleA Very Large Expanse of Sea
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Fiction, Romance

Reviews A Very Large Expanse of Sea

  • Christine Riccio
    This was fantastic.
  • Sabaa Tahir
    One of the best contemporary books I've ever read, and hands-down the best YA on what it means to be a Muslim American post 9/11. Tahereh Mafi pulls no punches, spares no feelings and tells the absolute truth and it is beautiful, rare and heartbreaking. If there's one book you read this year, make it this one.
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
  • Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
    y’all mind if I cry because if you’d told 16 year-old me that one day I’ll read a NYT best-selling book where a Muslim Hijabi teen gets her own coming of age story and her own big romance instead of being the token (stereotyped) minority character or some cultural prop used only to further the writer’s favorite white girl, it would have made a world of difference
  • Whitney Atkinson
    October 2018 Updating with my full thoughts now that the book is out! I wrote all of this down when I first read it in May.I was nervous starting this book because the first 25% of this lays a lot of groundwork and there’s a lot of telling instead of showing. Despite this, I was highlighting paragraphs basically every other page because Shirin’s experiences and anger born from them was so powerful. This book cuts the crap from Shatter Me & Fu...
  • Hamad
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book PrescriptionActual Rating: 3.5 stars“I was stuck in another small town, trapped in another universe populated by the kind of people who’d only ever seen faces like mine on their evening news, and I hated it.🌟 I should start this review by making one point very clear: I am an Arab Muslim Palestinian guy, so I do understand this book more than most readers will.🌟 I like tha...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    4.5 stars rounding up to 5. This book was really intense, raw and honest. I really felt how personal of a story this was for the author to write, and am grateful that she is putting this book out into the world.
  • Emma
    My favorite read of the year so far. so raw, emotional, and hopeful
  • Alana • thebookishchick
    This book was EVERYTHING. I posted a mini review on my blog, you can check it out HERE!I thought I understood white privilege but this book.. THIS BOOK checked my ass real quick. I don’t even have words. Please just do yourself a favor and add it to your TBR immediately. Full review to come closer to release date!———————UMMM I REALLY NEED THIS YOU GUYS.#OwnVoicesForTheWinTahereh, darling, you are SLAYING 2018. What did we do to de...
  • Larry H
    I read for a number of different reasons. I read for relaxation, for entertainment, for escape. I read to be provoked into thought or action, I read to feel, and sometimes my funny bone or my tear ducts need a good workout. And sometimes, I read to learn.The ideal book is a combination of at least a few of these, which was one of the reasons I enjoyed Tahereh Mafi's newest novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea . I empathized with the characters and...
  • alexandra
    i'm emo and I WISH THERE WAS MORE
  • Valentina
    I’m a white girl. I know the privilege the color of my skin gives me. Sometimes people stare at me, I can feel their eyes on me while crossing the street. It happens once in a lifetime and it gives me shivers. I don’t know why they do it, but I know they aren’t commenting the color of my skin, they are not assuming my culture or my religion. I don’t get racist comments, never had, never will. This book was a punch in the stomach. And if i...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    If you know my reading tastes much, you’ll already know that I almost never pick up a contemporary novel unless it involves one of three things: diverse rep, a heartbreaking learning experience (for the reader or the characters), or a romance so sweet and lovable that I can’t help but get sucked in. It’s really rare that I find a book that has all three of those traits, yet here we are. I didn’t understand how anyone could be so violentl...
  • Brianna
    This is a critical story that I hope not only makes an impact on YA literature, but also on society in general. It's the type of book that I would recommend a thousand times over. It’s one that I desperately want everyone to read, to learn from, and I’m so thankful Tahereh Mafi shared it with us.A Very Large Expanse of Sea has all the aspects of your average YA contemporary, but what makes it so unique, and important, is this: the insight on ...
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    Actual Rating: 3.5Buddy Read with HamadThank you Harper Collins for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review. “It gives the bullies all the power. It would mean they’d succeeded at making me feel like who I was and what I believed in was something to be ashamed of.” Tahereh Mafi has had a special place in my heart ever since the Shatter Me series. When I heard about this book coming out I was so over the moon. A stor...
  • ambsreads
    this book is incredible. full review to come.
  • Jessi ♡
    I'm not coherent enough to tell y'all how good, funny and important this book is. So i'm gonna wait. But holy shit, this is a book you need to buy. *********“I always knew I had to write this book. This is my story, the story I've been writing in my head for years. When I first started pursuing publication, I think I really wanted to establish myself as an author first, an author who could write anything. I didn't want my identity to be tied to...
  • Tashie
    *ARC reviewi wish it was possible to give a book more than five stars, because this book absolutely deserves it. i haven't felt this specific way about a book in a long, long time and my heart is absolutely swelling with affection for these characters and for this story. i also haven't felt this represented on the page in... possibly forever. as a muslim american teenager, i saw where shirin was coming from during many scenes in this story and co...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    Guess who's sobbing over yet another book today? Also, you know a book is good when I both start and finish it on the day of its release
  • Sana
    Okay, I just read this note by Mafi and I just really love how she much of her actual life experiences that she incorporated into the book. Ahhh can't wait for this to finally be out (and for me to reread it). ONE WEEEEEK--------Feels strange to have read the book first and then seen the cover... I don't even know what I was expecting it to look like but I like that it's white and really, I feel like this totally fits and hides all the heartache ...
  • Elle♣
    5 starsRTC once i calm down
  • ilsa ➹
    “Baba,” I said.“Hmm?” He turned a page.“How do you know if you’ve done the right thing?” you better believe that as soon as I opened this package this morning to find this gorgeous ARC, I began reading it and only stopped to live to tweet my reactions and then finished 3 hours later. yes hello, this was absolute awesomeness and I'm still in denial that I have this book in my hands and I read it WOW. I've never read a book that deal...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “I was stuck in another small town, trapped in another universe populated by the kind of people who’d only ever seen faces like mine on their evening news, and I hated it.” This book came of of nowhere, grabbed ahold of my heart and didn’t let it go. I didn’t expect to be so completely enthralled by Shirin’s story, but this book was filled with so much longing, pain, resentment, and hope that it was impossible for me to resist lovin...
  • Beatrice in Bookland
    *I received an arc from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*"The pain became a drumbeat; a rhythm I could write a song to. It was always there, stark and steady, rarely abating. I learned to drown out the sound during the day, but at night it screamed through the hole in my chest."This is a book that everyone should read. It shows how prejudices and stereotypes can affect people (without going to the extreme a la Thirteen reasons why style...
  • Hollis
    I wanted to know what it was like to walk through a room and be stared at by no one.It should come as no surprise, really, but A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA is tough, very real, reading. Mafi sets this story just outside the events of 9/11 and while that explains away some of the very potent, very present, hatred.. sadly I think this could’ve been present day with only minor changes.“Just try to be happy. Your happiness is the one thing these a...