GENRE: Realistic, Romance
AVAILABLE FORMATS: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
A Very Large Expanse of Sea
By Tahereh Mafi
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.
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BOOK AWARDS/STARRED REVIEWS
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2019
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2018
Booklist, Starred Review, 2018
Good Reads Choice Award Best Young Adult Fiction, Nominee, 2018
Kirkus, Starred Review, 2019
National Book Award, Longlist, 2018
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2018
School Library Journal, Starred Review, 2018
Shelf Awareness, Starred Review, 2018
VOYA Perfect Tens Award, 2018
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