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

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)
  • Whitney Atkinson
    I don't think I've read a book in one sitting since high school. But here I am at 8 AM, staring at the acknowledgments page of my eARC. Wow. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that probably 50% of this ebook’s text is highlighted. From powerful moments to funny, relatable moments to important moments to cute moments, I was glued onto the pages. I haven’t lived a life anywhere near Shirin’s, but being in her head made sense. I understood...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Emma
    My favorite read of the year so far. so raw, emotional, and hopeful
  • alexandra
    i'm emo and I WISH THERE WAS MORE
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Sana
    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 well-----'It never stops hurting. It only gets easier to recover.'*I have highlighted more than of this half of this book, I have a hundred thoughts, I am completely floored and I need a minute or a year to process everything. Li...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
    ”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”. Spanish review at the end How… HOW can a book be so astoundingly beautiful and hurt so badly? This is Tahereh Mafi we’re talking about, so I’m not entirely surprised at how deeply each and every one of her words affec...
  • Chelsea
    I wondered, for the very first time, if maybe I was doing this whole thing wrong. If maybe I’d allowed myself to be blinded by my own anger to the exclusion of all else. If maybe, just maybe, I’d been so determined not to be stereotyped that I’d begun to stereotype everyone around me. Wow, I need to read more from this author. This was an excellent YA contemporary - one of the best of this year, without a doubt. 4 1/2 starsThere’s so many...
  • Jessie_Book_
    I haven't read a book like this ever. Whenever I read a book about hard topics in a real way its almost always in adult literature. Not young adult. There are a few exceptions and this book is one of them. This book blew me away with every chapter. I wish that I had this book when I was younger. I wish I had more of this book now. I'm excited to see the impact that this will have on people who read it. Because I know I will definitely be making a...
  • alice (arctic books)
    Of course it was perfect. Full RTC!
    Perspective. That’s what A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA offers its readers, and Tahereh Mafi really nails it with how she tells Shirin’s story. It’s a brief, but full glimpse of what life is like for a Muslim teen girl in the aftermath of 9/11. It was a honest, raw and just a really compelling read.