A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (Book Review)

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi


Source: Brought from Kindle store

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Publication Date: 16th October 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“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 walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.”


My Thoughts & Review

I read this book as part of a buddy/TBR March twin on Goodreads. We decided to read this book as we both had it on our shelves waiting to be read. Before reading this book I didn’t actually know much about it or the fact that it was a Young Adult book. I actually only had it on my TBR was because I was intrigued by the title.

I really enjoyed this book. Before starting the book my buddy and I had decided that we would try and read a 100 pages a week and then report back to each other on how far we had got, but I was so glued to reading the book that I actually had to stop myself from reading the whole book in a day.

I thought the book was really well written. It was very fast paced, yet very easy to read. I’m not usually one to get emotionally invested in books but some parts of this book made me quite angry and couldn’t believe that none of the adults in the book stopped what was happening to the character Shirin.

I really like the main characters, I found them to be interesting and I also liked the relationships that was built between them all, especially with Shirin and her brother. However, I did think some of the side characters could have been developed a little more.

All in all, a great read. This was my very first Tahereh Mafi book, so I can’t make any comparisons to her previous books but something in this book just worked for me and I highly recommend it to everyone to read, if you haven’t read it already

I’m really looking forward to reading Tahereh Mafi’s other book in the near future.

My Rating



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