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A Very Large Expanse of Sea
A Very Large Expanse of Sea | Tahereh Mafi
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series comes a powerful, heartrending contemporary YA novel about fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice Its 2002, a year after 9/11, and Shirin has just started at yet another new high school. Its an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl whos tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. Shes 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. Shirin drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. But then she meets Ocean James. Hes the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know her. It terrifies her -they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds - and Shirin has had her guard up against the world for so long that shes not sure shell ever be able to let it down. Perfect for fans of the Shatter Me series as well as Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give and Nicola Yoon's The Sun is Also A Star. About the author: Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series which has been published in over 30 languages around the world. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, with her husband, Ransom Riggs, fellow bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, and their young daughter. She can usually be found overcaffeinated and stuck in a book. You can find her online just about anywhere at @TaherehMafi or on her website, www.taherehbooks.com. Also by Tahereh Mafi: Shatter Me Unravel Me Ignite Me Restore Me Praise for the Shatter Me series: "Dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading." - Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series "Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I'm envious. I couldn't put it down." - Lauren Kate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series "Tahereh Mafi's bold, inventive prose crackles with raw emotion. A thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love, the Shatter Me series is a must-read for fans of dystopian young adult literature - or any literature!" -Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children "IGNITE ME really does ignite all five of your senses. It blows your mind and makes you hungry for more of its amazing characters. It will completely blow your expectations; Tahereh Mafi truly knows how to deliver!" - Teenreads.com
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Bkwrm7
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A little late with my #bookreport unless you count the fall back hour as having already happened. Finished Wildcard as expected - I liked how it wrapped up. Very cinematic story - this ideology is great to recommend to reluctant readers, especially those who love video games. Made progress on A Very Large Expanse of Sea, What If It's Us and Dress Codes for Small Towns. No progress on the other two sadly.
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Cinfhen It‘s all good ~ nice reading week 1mo
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erinjohns
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An absolute must read. Breathtaking. Shifting the norms. Taking a good look at our own misgivings. A real look into racism at our doorstep. Learning we all have faults and need to learn how to walk through the dark. I couldn't put this book down and certainly didn't want it to finish. In the end...just love.

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2019 Book 38: This is such an intriguing book. I love stories from different cultures that I know very little about. Shirin is a Muslim girl who wears a hijab to school. Set in 2002, after 9/11 attacks, she is terrible and violently discriminated against especially when she starts dating the school‘s basketball star. A true love story of overcoming obstacles and people who are blind to race. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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OriginalCyn620
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Loved it! It was inspired by events in the author‘s life in the year after 9/11, & I think that shines through in the writing. Shirin, a Muslim teen, deals with racism on a daily basis, so when a popular white boy shows interest in her, at first she resists, in an effort to keep them both safe from the stares, insults, & possible violence she knows would follow. But alas, our hearts don‘t always listen to our brains.
#booked2019 #MuslimAuthorOrMC

Lovesbooks87 I loved this one too! 4mo
howjessreads I really liked it too! 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about this book but I can‘t decide if it‘s YA?? 4mo
Butterfinger I love the cover. 4mo
OriginalCyn620 @Cinfhen It is YA. 4mo
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Jacki_Reads
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The general storyline of this book was predictable, and I feel like it ended too quickly. However, the author does a fantastic job in word choice and details. I couldn‘t put this book down!! With political issues that are still extremely prevalent today, coupled with a teen romance... I really enjoyed this read! As for students, it is definitely for more mature readers; but the main character in this book has a wonderful story to tell.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Picking a large July TBR because I have almost two weeks off work (Starting Thursday) to go to Hawaii. 🎉🎉

#julytbr

I‘ve almost finished Illuminae and Christine.

MicheleinPhilly Amazing. Have fun! 5mo
britt_brooke Ooh, have fun!! 5mo
Redwritinghood Yay! I hope you have a great time. 5mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly @britt_brooke @Redwritinghood Thanks! I‘m already excited. I‘m even looking forward to a solid 15 hours of travel time for reading. 🤣🤣 5mo
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Jademoonrabbit
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Just finished this book. The story was beautiful and difficult. The characters stood up for themselves and it talked about how many people can be cruel but not everyone is. This real modern portrayal of struggle for a Muslim teen after 9/11 is a must read! #ya #youngadult #mustread

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oramakat
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It was just a great book.

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my.books.in.squares
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I really enjoyed this. It was inspired by the authors own life events and I could totally feel that when reading it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐🌠

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oramakat
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The pain became a drumbeat; a rhythm I could write a song to.

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my.books.in.squares
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Next up.

My two year old doesn't want me to start this yet as he is reading the page numbers however I've heard good things and can't wait to pick this up when he puts it down 😂.

Have you read this? What did you think?

#currentlyreading

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Beautiful and interesting story 4/5

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Booksnob
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Alternating reading and crocheting while on a long drive home

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Kaylamburson
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This is an amazing YA novel. I was hesitant going into a story that sounded so depressing, but a friend highly recommended it, and I'm so glad I dove in. Although there were moments I wanted to throw the book across the room as characters did horrific and unthinkable things, it was also so sweet and funny. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2019, and it just feels so real from page one through the end.

RadicalReader Beautiful book cover 7mo
akckitty I read this in one day!!! I absolutely enjoyed it and recommended it to all of my friends!!! Glad to see it was enjoyed by another litten :) 7mo
Kaylamburson I would have loved to read it in one day! I was forced to stop to to go to work in the middle 😂. I rarely take lunch anymore and I just had to take it so I could finish the book uninterrupted! @akckitty 7mo
Kaylamburson And the cover is so pretty! @RadicalReader 7mo
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mandi1082
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I loved it loved it loved it. It started off a little slow but when it took off man did it take off. Now that I know this is semi autobiographical that some things that Shirin went through a year after 9/11 also happened to Tahereh Mafi. That she wrote about some of her experiences and struggles. I loved the relationship between Sherin and her brother. Sherin and her mother and especially Sherin and Ocean. Great read Great Story!!!
4.5🌟

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Allietaylor16
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My latest #libraryhaul! My bird loves it when I sit next to him and read.

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LazyLimaLife
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This hold just came in so I still get to enjoy @MallenNC #newyearwhodis recs.

MallenNC I hope you enjoy it. 8mo
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dxmy
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5/5⭐

Goodness gracious, my heart! This was such an AMAZING book, I love it! I'm pretty sure it will stay with me forever! I beg all of you to pick it up if you haven't yet, you don't know what you're missing out on!

The struggle of Shirin having to deal with racism every day, plus the struggle of wanting not to hurt other people by keeping a certain distance from them... So beautifully done! I ADORE this book!!

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alisonrose
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Def appreciate a book about being Muslim in the US after 9/11, especially since most in the target age group for YA were either not born or very tiny at that time. And we 100% need more rep for Muslim youth. Shirin was smart & her own person. But this was quite surface level, didn‘t delve very deep & turned mainly into a cliché teen romance, inc. the whole “omg this is teh greatest love EVERRRRR” kinda stuff. It was okay, but just that. 3/5 ⭐️

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'The more I got to know people, the more I realised we were all just a bunch of frightened idiots walking around in the dark, bumping into each other and panicking for no reason.'

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alisonrose

Music seemed to steady me like a second skeleton; I leaned on it when my own bones were too shaken to stand.

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I‘ve DNF‘d her Shatter Me series because it was just 🙄🙄🙄 but I have a feeling I‘ll get on much better with her contemporary work. #nowreading

akckitty I enjoyed this one a lot!!!! I really hope that you do as well! 9mo
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jmtrivera
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I expected a sad and maybe depressing story, given the premise, but it wasn't that way at all. Shirin does have a number of awful experiences due to prejudice, but she also gets to learn and bond with her brother and experiences first love. It's sweet and charming. I don't always love her as a character, but I like how she learns over the course of the book. I wish I'd bought it instead of borrowing it so that I could revisit from time to time.

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akckitty
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Right after 9/11 & you have Shirin - a muslim girl entering in a new high school. You watch her traverse through this with her walls up high and unbreakable. Until she discovers a love for break dancing that brings her closer to her brother and meets a boy who looks past the racism named Ocean and trys to show her - not everyone wants to hurt her.

I cried like a baby. Multiple times. The words in here are so damn powerful. I'm left speechless.

akckitty If interested in this book I highly recommend checking out some of the goodreads reviews for it! Some people really wrap up this book so well! 9mo
Lovesbooks87 Such a powerful book! 9mo
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“...I realized we were all just a bunch of frightened idiots walking around in the dark, bumping into each other and panicking for no reason at all.” Intriguing coming-of-age romance told through the point of view of Shirin, a Muslim girl navigating high school shortly@after 9/12.

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lowellette
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Loved this! A Muslim girl tries to deal with high school post 9/11. So funny and worth it.

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VioletMoonBooks
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This book is a real eye opener. It makes you think about perspective. I kind of related to the main character. How she tried not to find the good in people. I admit, that I have a hard time trying to connect with people. This was definitely one of my favorite reads. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #AVeryLargeExpanseOfSea #TaherehMafi #book #books #read #bookrecommendation #bookreview #bookreviews #review #reviews #recommendation #YoungAdult #Contemporary #YA 💕💕💕💕

SW-T Sounds very intriguing! 10mo
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It‘s a year after 9/11 and 16 yr old Shirin who is Muslim and wears a hijab, is trying to navigate her new high school while experiencing first love and dealing with racism.

Although this book had a heavy subject there were a lot of funny and gooey moments that made the story more. Shirin and Ocean were so cute and gave all the feels.

I truly enjoyed this book and it brought back a lot of memories for myself.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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JaclynW I loved this book! 💕 10mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @JaclynW I love it too! It was so good. 10mo
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Quippe
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Tahereh Mafi‘s historical YA romance combines fierce anger with a steamy, intense relationship and is based on her experiences of being a Muslim teenager wearing hijab in post 9/11 America. The behaviour displayed towards Sharon is sadly believable and although I think some of the supporting characters are thinly drawn, the passion between the central characters carries you through such that I‘d definitely check out Mafi‘s other work.

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I just started this book, but I‘m already hooked! I like the narrator‘s voice, and the premise sounds cool.

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“They were all beautiful.”

ulrichyumiodd I love that! My Muslim boyfriend argues that a woman‘s hair is half her beauty, but I‘m quite sure it comes FROM the cultural idea of hiding it. Hide something and it becomes alluring! 10mo
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Book 5 of #contemporaryathon completed! 4 ⭐️ read! I really enjoyed reading this book, it breaks my heart to read about the injustice that the main character faces. Being a Muslim person in a world after 9/11 is not easy and it‘s even worse when you‘re a young teenager in high school. I keep thinking about how some kids can be so cruel and stories like these just enforce that belief.. 😕

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4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
written to bring attention to stereotypes, love, what it all means, and how to learn to give second chances. Set in 2002, Shirin, 16-year-old and Muslim, navigates the world post 9/11. She learns to block out the hate in her white privileged towns and schools, until she meets Ocean. Ocean, Shirin, their families, and peers, learn from each other, about appearances, stereotypes, and not caring about what others think.

Lovesbooks87 Loved this book. Powerful read! 10mo
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11 // A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA // “I looked out at the world around me and no longer saw nuance. I saw nothing but the potential for pain and the subsequent need to protect myself, constantly.” ⭐️⭐️ #jessicareads2019

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Starting tagged book for Fountain of Youth book club (Adults who read YA), and using the bookmark my friend made me (with the motto of our personal book club on it).

Cinfhen Great bookmark 10mo
TrishB What @Cinfhen said 👍🏻 10mo
Bookzombie I love your bookmark! 10mo
GirlNamedJesse I love your book club name! 10mo
Slajaunie Much love to the bookmark and to the book club!! 10mo
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nikkiy_reads
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Book Club.... let‘s gooooooooo!!!!!

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petersonks15
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Loving this so much!

MidnightBookGirl Love to hear that! 10mo
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elisebarker
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There were some parts to this book that were a little overboard for me, but overall I thought it was really good and eye-opening on the perspective of a Muslim teenage girl right after 9/11.

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Eggbeater
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Read for our YA book club at my favorite indie book store @FountainBookstore with @MidnightBookGirl @petersonks15

I felt the author did an excellent job of giving the reader a glimpse of what living in the U.S. was like for Muslim Americans after 9/11. I don't think it's easy to convey the depth and broad impact of harm of discrimination and prejudice, but some books have a way of reaching the soul when people are receptive to listening.

petersonks15 I picked up the audio, it‘s next on my list! Should be starting it this week. :) 10mo
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jmtrivera
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January #wrapup. A pretty good month. The tagged book was my fave of the month, I think.

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I‘m just gonna say it - I feel like the author googled every single 2002 cultural reference and then threw them ALL into this book - and now I just want to bail. Right now it reads like fleshed out Wikipedia entries. #unpopularopinion

Flaneurette I hate that! 10mo
CouronneDhiver Oh no. Run. That is not worth it... don‘t care what anyone says. All the nopes 10mo
ValerieAndBooks Maybe I should read this...what happened in 2002 other than my youngest turning 1 year old ?! I can‘t remember 😂 10mo
LauraBeth @Flaneurette and @CouronneDhiver I ended up bailing on it - I have too many other books I could be enjoying! 😀 10mo
LauraBeth @ValerieAndBooks 😂😂 We refer to those years in our house as the “lost years”. 10mo
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ErinC
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Wow.

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LauraBeth
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I‘m on page four and already want to insert myself in the story just to punch Shirin‘s English teacher in the throat. So clearly I‘ve had much too much coffee this morning...

Also - this isn‘t due to angles or framing - but our cat‘s face is actually ginormous.

saresmoore Such a pretty huge face! 10mo
Tanisha_A I like much too much coffee. High-5! 10mo
Bklover Beautiful eyes! 10mo
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Reggie Lololol, 10mo
readordierachel 😆😆 10mo
booksandsympathy Beautiful kitty! 💜 10mo
LeahBergen The BFG (the big-faced ginger). 😂😂😂 (edited) 10mo
JennyM Ha! You always make me smile 😘😘 10mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 🤣🤣 Winner, winner, chicken dinner! 10mo
LauraBeth @JennyM 😊😘 10mo
LauraBeth @booksandsympathy he‘s perfect 😍 10mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore It‘s SO big! 😹 10mo
LauraBeth @Tanisha_A I had to cut myself off from the coffee drip this morning 😂 10mo
LauraBeth @Reggie and @readordierachel it‘s been the one consistent comment people make when they see him. “Um - your cat‘s head is huge!” (edited) 10mo
TNbookworm Such a pretty boy😻 10mo
MaleficentBookDragon That face! 😻 10mo
rohit-sawant 😹😻 10mo
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