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An Emotion of Great Delight

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  58 reviews
From bestselling and National Book Award–nominated author Tahereh Mafi comes a stunning novel about love and loneliness, navigating the hyphen of dual identity, and reclaiming your right to joy—even when you’re trapped in the amber of sorrow.

It’s 2003, several months since the US officially declared war on Iraq, and the American political world has evolved. Tensions are hi
ebook, 256 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by HarperCollins
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May 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
The title: An Emotion of Great Delight.
The desription: "a really sad book".
*cheering from the sidelines because Tahereh Mafi is finally free to write new books outside of the Shatter Me series*

*screaming of joy because this is a new sad contemporary and she’s a bomb writer who deserves to write good books*
Mar 31, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
We have a name and we know it's "really sad".

Sahil Javed
Apr 16, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
another sad contemporary from tahereh mafi with a beautiful title? where do i sign up to have my emotions destroyed?
Fer Bañuelos (myownlittlebookshelf)


Thank you netgalley for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I'm stuck between 2.5 and 3 stars. It's been a long time since I've been this conflicted about a book.

We follow Shadi, a muslim girl living in a post 9/11 America. She struggles to find balance between her beliefs and her feelings, having a lot of problems at home. She takes us in an extremely emotional journey, one that you can't leave without feeling the weight of it in your h
Apr 16, 2020 marked it as not-released-yet  ·  review of another edition
a really sad book?

ok i'm in
Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
May 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
So you're telling me a book that's called An Emotion of Great Delight... is actually filled with emotions of great sadness??
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Whatever you say.
☆ sana ☆
more like 3.5 stars.
Nov 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
It's Tahereh Mafi again y'all.
Jan 30, 2021 added it
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S the Reader
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
"Like, you know what a burqa is? Those gross tent things the Taliban forces women to wear in Afghanistan?" *


Look, whatever our main character's beliefs are, it is irresponsible, as an author, to throw out something as damaging and misleading as the above and not address it again. While there is no doubt that many in the world, Taliban or otherwise, force particular groups of women to wear the burqa, there are many other women in the world who wear the burqa as an expression of their faith
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Joy... happiness?
Nov 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Am I the only one who was hoping for a new dystopian or even fantasy series? No just me? Okay.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“A really sad book”

Yeah, I will like it.
Luca Tanaka
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
2/28/21: *Review of advanced reader copy possibly subject to changes.

Emotional indeed. This had me in tears almost every time I picked it up, but I'm sorry to say I still think the title sounds dumb. However! That did not dampen how much I enjoyed this book.

Tahereh Mafi has an exceptional talent for evoking emotion (oh my, how many times will I use that word today). Her writing is moody and readable, and she does a very nuanced portrayal of faith, religion, and community. I love that Mafi explo
Caylie Ratzlaff
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
~~ received as an ARC from NetGalley ~~

TW: Self-harm
3/5 Stars.

I LOVED Mafi's AVLEOS but An Emotion of Great Delight fell flat. The constant jumping between the events (I'm not sure I'd consider them flashbacks) and the addition of some characters who absolutely didn't need to be added. This story could have been much stronger had it focused on THE EMOTIONS within it -- grief and joy. I also did not like how little it focused on Shadi's mother and the struggles she had.

Saying the cons, I also h
Kate✨ (Queen Kate the Brave of Narnia)
#1- This cover is stunning
#2- Tahereh Mafi is such a talented writer and A Very Large Expanse of Sea remains to be probably my favorite contemporary EVER so I am SO EXCITED for this one

Gods there are so many great books coming out in 2021
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Don't come at me guys. I love Tahereh Mafi and it pains me I have to write all this.

I dunno about this book. I finished it a couple of days ago and I’m feeling conflicted. On one hand, the writing style is still beautiful and I finished it one sitting. There is no doubt about that. But on the other hand, I felt a terrible disconnect with the main character and what the whole point of this book was. I'll explain what my issue was in the spoiler part of this review.

That ending? What to say about
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this, I really did 😭
Melissa Somoza
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. It was a whirlwind of emotion going on this journey with Shadi, but I’m so glad I had the chance to do so! I felt so hard for her and connected with the character on a deep level even though I have not experienced anything close to what she did. It’s just the magical feature of Tahereh’s beautiful, lyrical writing that captures you whole.
L.A. Shine
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

It’s so rare for an author to be able to make you feel everything the character feels.

This book was a beautiful story of pain and moving on from that pain.

TW: Self harm, death, 9/11
Update: everything about that cover is perfection



[btw, Tahereh just said via IG that this book will be about finding joy, so the book description is indeed fascinating:::::::: not puzzling::::: rather...... intriguing. i cant wait to get my soul gutted]
Apr 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
officially my most anticipated book of 2021 I am so EXCITED to see tahereh dominate the YA contemporary genre once again
✰ lils ✰
Apr 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
a new contemporary from tahereh mafi with another great title that’s not shatter me???? say no more i’m in
CC the Great is Not Okay
imman Shah
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
It is so hard to read a book so close to home, so close to me as a person, and to walk away feeling so conflicted. I wanted so badly to like this review, to follow Shadi's journey. But there is so much done wrong in this book, that I felt so frustrated.

The first problem I had with this book is that there is just way too much going on, in a short amount of time. We meet Shadi, and we learn the following
* Her Dad is in the hospital
* Her Brother has died
* She lost her best friend
* She likes he
*** I Received an E-ARC from NetGalley

I finished this book in 2 days (I started it last month and then put it down for a month) . I should not be surprised because I read A Very Large Expanse of Sea in one day, but it made me feel completely different. Aside from similar central topics and breathtaking covers, these stories were polar opposites, in the best way.

Shadi is a Muslim teenager trying to finish high school in the years following 9/11. On top of the difficulties the Muslim community is
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-releases
Soooo happy to have found the ARC! Tahereh can literally write anything and I’d buy it. I wish I had had time to read the full book in one sitting, but it was still an enjoyable read. Definitely has a more juvenile reader audience, but a interesting and informing Muslim viewpoint. Not a tearjerker, but still sad :(
Melanie  Brinkman
You know I complain all the time about how much I cry, but on the other hand I am more than willing to let this book make me cry.
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shadi is a Muslim American teen with a lot on her plate. After her older brother dies her family is torn apart by grief, guilt and blame. Each of those left is falling apart in their own way and no one understands, or even tries to understand, what's happening beyond their own nose. Some of the story is told just post 9/11, showing the reader the isolation and anger at the community. Most of the book though focuses on Shadi's relationship with Ali, the brother of her former best friend. It's a q ...more
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Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. Shatter Me is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios; Fur ...more

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