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A Very Large Expanse of Sea

By Tahereh Mafi
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Publisher Description

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature!

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series comes a powerful, heartrending contemporary novel about fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice. 

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.

209 Reviews

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“4.5 stars”
“5 stars all the way. So, this book is amazing. It's easy to read, and the writing is amazing. Tahereh has an amazing way of weaving her metaphors, and it really is beautiful. Being my favorite author, she made this book an enormous step forward for her to be my all-time favorite author. Her other books were Furthermore, and it took place in a fantastical world, and she also wrote the Shatter Me series, set in a dystopian future, and they are both my favorite series ever!!!!!!! So with this book, I had high hopes and she blew my predictions out of the water!! It. Is. Amazing! And I highly recommend it. It's so dreamlike and romantic and I really don't care for gushy romance but this book is an exception. It was adorable, heartbreaking, healing, sweet and bitter. The ending made me cry (not in a bad way) because I didn't want the book to end, it's truly amazing and any fan of Tahereh should read it. If you liked Shatter Me as much as I then strap in for this book, because it's as much of an emotional roller coaster as it, and it. is. worth.”
“I don't know why I decided to read this book only now. But I'm so so happy that I read it. It was beautiful. I could not get my eyes off of the pages. This is such an important story. And I completely fallen in love with Ocean. I loved this so much that I'd read it again.”
“actual: 2.5/5”

About Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is the #1 international bestselling and National Book Award nominated author of over a dozen books, including the Shatter Me series, the Woven Kingdom series, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, and An Emotion of Great Delight. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in Southern California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs, and their daughter. You can find her online at taherehmafi.com.

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