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A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
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“I didn't believe it was possible to hide a woman's beauty. I thought women were gorgeous no matter what they wore, and I didn't think they owed anyone an explanation for their sartorial choices. Different women felt comfortable in different outfits.
They were all beautiful.”
― Tahereh Mafi, A Very Large Expanse of Sea

This was a buddy read with my beautiful friend Imane.


I wanted to like this, really wanted to and I did enjoy the writing style and the cute romance but my biggest problem was Shirin, I've never read a book with a Muslim as a main character before, and as a Muslim girl myself, I thought that maybe I could relate to her ... but no, Shirin was so weird and angry, always complaining, she hated her school and lamented her life...
Okay, I get it. It sucks to be bullied because of how you choose to dress, but for me, Tahereh completely missed the chance to delve deeper into the experience of a Muslim teenager in a post-9/11 world. Many of the most interesting elements are glossed over, I expected much more than just a story about bullies and break dancing practices. I also felt that the ending was a bit rushed!
Oh, and btw i totally disagree with the author, hijab and headscarf are not the same thing, but this is a completely different discussion, if you want to learn more, you can check out this amazing Ted talk by Samina Ali
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Reading Progress

January 21, 2019 – Started Reading
January 23, 2019 – Finished Reading
January 28, 2019 – Shelved
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary

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