- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (16 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1982555785
- ISBN-13: 978-1982555788
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.5 x 14.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 172 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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A raw yet astoundingly elegant examination of identity, loneliness, and family that is unflinching in its honesty and power. Tahereh Mafi holds nothing back.-- "Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
Reads like a beautiful heart-one that shines and aches and yearns, and above all else, one that loves fiercely against all odds. A transcendent story about truth, love, and finding joy.-- "Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
This is a gorgeous book. It's tender and fierce, beautiful even as it depicts some ugly truths. Tahereh's prose is passionate and honest, unsentimental and big-hearted.-- "Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
It is not easy to incorporate important cultural themes in a young adult novel that also satisfies the social, romantic needs of teen readers. Not only does Mafi pull it off beautifully, but she exceeds expectations by delving deeply into characterization as well. Her writing is nuanced, smart, and lacks the sentimentality that often weighs down young adult books.-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"
Visceral, honest...Rich characters, incisive writing, and a powerful story will thrill readers beyond Mafi's already stalwart fans.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Mafi infuses a contemporary love story with a heartbreakingly realistic portrait of one post-9/11 Muslim life in the United States. Mafi openly addresses many common misconceptions about Islam and what it means to be a woman of color in the face of racism, showing how differences can be applauded, not feared.-- "Publishers Weekly"
About the Author
Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.
Priya Ayyar is an audiobook narrator, actor, and writer with a BFA and MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her acting credits for television and film include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, All My Children, and the documentary The Children of War. She has appeared on stage in War of the Unheard, Aminta, and The Road Home, and she has written and performed in the plays Karmic Fusion and Losing Remote Control.
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Shirin meets a boy named Ocean who finds her fascinating and decides to take his time getting to know her. After isolating herself she opens herself up to him. Shirin and Ocean have this deeply raw and emotional relationship and I'm completely obsessed with it. Whats more is that he was a really likable character throughout.
This book spares no punches as Shirin is a raw and angry teen just trying to survive in a hostile highschool setting. I felt so much for her and this was framed perfectly. You didn't just learn this character, you learned all the things in her environment that made her who she was.
This book added so much to the facts of prejudice of muslims after 9/11. This gave, what felt like, an emotional first hand account of trying to navigate high school as a Muslim after the destruction of the two towers. I felt like Shirin was someone I could know in real life and interact with. She jumped out of the book and became more than just a character.
This book also gives a strong nostalgic nod to this era in her musical play list. With songs like Whenever, Wherever by Shakira and Pardon Me by Incubus. It really set the tone for the time the book took place in and was a nice touch.
I can't help but sing praises for this and without hesitation I gave this a 5/5 stars.
The story portrays the struggles Shirin ensures and how prejudice takes a hold of her life for so long that she closes herself off to the world. The story takes the reader on a journey of discovery and is full of emotion, anger, sadness, and raw insight into the life of a young Muslim girl who struggles to find herself in a world that sees her in such a negative manner. Shirin manages to find passion and a love for breakdancing and music and as a result discovers who she is as a result.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea is a beautifully written story. I enjoyed it and found it to be extremely enlightening. After reading so much science fiction and fantasy, it was so different to pick up a novel that places me back into the ‘real world’ and make me aware of the events that inspired so many authors. This novel is Tahereh Mafi’s testimony of hard times and how she managed to find love and happiness in music and breakdancing.
I LOVED Shirin’s relationship with her brother, Navid. Their bond was endearing and I liked how he was her mentor and cheered her up and stuck up for her and was the reason she got into break dancing. He was definitely my favorite side character!
I can’t put my finger on it, but this book just.... works. It was fast to read. I haven’t lived a life anywhere near Shirin’s, but being in her head made sense. I understood her feelings. I understood her fears. I sympathized with her so much that my heart hurt. I was rooting for her the entire book, and her transformation and self-actualization was such an engrossing journey.
The reason why I took a star off is because the relationship is melodramatic to the point of being cliche. Shirin deals with racism and xenophobia and bigotry, and Ocean deals with..... not wanting to be on the basketball team. It felt like a flat plot point that’s a totally overused trope. The stakes were so low because it felt too cliché and the conflict of this book reminded me of High School Musical. I don't want this to look like I'm minimizing the actual events because clearly Shirin prevailing and asserting her worth in that situation was still such a powerful read, but I wish Ocean's conflict that drives the emotional climax of this book could have been designed to be less.... generic.
Nevertheless, this is a once in a lifetime book. Whatever small writing or plot issues I have with it makes up in the fact that I haven’t read anything as important and eye-opening as this before. Its unparalleled honesty had me throwing my fist in the hair during some scenes and wiping away tears in others. It’s a stand-out book of 2018, and definitely an exception you should make if you aren't a fan of YA contemporary. Please please please support this book and the author behind it because she and the book deserve the world.