A Very Large Expanse of Sea (Signed Book)

A Very Large Expanse of Sea (Signed Book)

by Tahereh Mafi

Hardcover(Signed Edition)

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ISBN-13: 9780062878700
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,410
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series, Furthermore, and Whichwood. She can usually be found overcaffeinated and stuck in a book. You can find her online just about anywhere @TaherehMafi or on her website, www.taherehbooks.com.

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea (Signed Book) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Must Read, The BEST Book I read in a very long time. Long review to come
Books_She_Reads 5 days ago
*Originally posted to my blog, {Books She Reads)* A Very Large Expanse of Sea is the most important young adult book of 2018. I have lost count of the number of times I have started, deleted, and restarted this review. Everything I come up with seems to fall short of the praise this book deserves. I still don’t think this review is enough, but here it is. Tahereh Mafi is tremendously talented. She writes with a confident elegance that is raw, smart and thought-provoking. In A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Mafi provides necessary and timely food for one’s morality, bringing forth a truth that many American-Muslim women face. A reality that many choose to dismiss. Shirin wears an armor that keeps strangers at a distance. She has dealt with far more physical assault, harassment, heartache, and discrimination than any person should ever have to endure. She’d rather be alone than have to worry about the true intentions of anyone who speaks to her. It’s easier to be solitary than to be vulnerable to someone else; history has taught her this painful lesson more than once. Then Ocean shows up. He is determined to get to know Shirin, even if she’s understandably skeptical to let him. A Very Large Expanse of Sea explores the reluctant but hopeful heart of a young woman who wants the opportunity to experience high school like any other peer. She yearns to be seen for the person she is beyond her hijab. She is smart, passionate about music, and can breakdance, but no one can look beyond the piece of cloth she wears upon her head. Assumptions are made, discriminations are spoken, and “harmless” pranks that are anything but harmless are executed. I am angered and heartbroken from reading Shirin’s story. To know that Mafi herself has/does deal with similar situations, that members of my community might have to deal with similar situations. Mafi has openly shared that A Very Large Expanse of Sea is the most personal book she has written. I wish she didn’t have any of these experiences to share, but I am forever thankful that she chose to share them with us. Shirin’s story of racism, prejudice, and religious discrimination is unapologetically honest in the most necessary way.
Aditi-ATWAMB 6 days ago
THIS BOOK WAS REAL AND BEAUTIFUL AND BROUGHT TO LIVE RACISM AND BIGOTRY THROUGH THE SHARP EYES OF AN AMERICAN-MUSLIM TEENAGER AND HOLY GOD. I finished it DAYS AGO and I’m still reeling at the message, the beautiful characters, their stories and just all the HOPE that made A Very Large Expanse of Sea. Basically, I’m in love. Things I ADORED about this book: 1. It took me a little time to warm up to the characters in A Very Large Expanse of Sea. The beginning of the book itself was a little stiff, and I was scared that I wouldn’t enjoy this book as much as I hoped. This was also my first book by Tahereh Mafi, and I was a little nervous about whether her contemporary writing would be as good as I’d heard her fantasy books were. 2. But, as what happens with all good books, I decided to read just a few more pages, and then, without thinking about it, I’d read a few more chapters and within half the day, I’d finished more that three quarters of this MARVELOUS book and I regret NOTHING. 3. There were so many beautiful things about this book (that cover included) but most of all, I loved Shirin, the main character. I see how some people might find her jaded, but to me, she was just real. I understood her through Tahereh’s writing, through her actions and I LOVED her strength, determination, and REASONING in wearing the hijab despite everything she went through. 4. I also LOVED Shirin and her brother, Navid’s relationship. WE DON’T SEE ENOUGH GOOD BROTHER-SISTER FRIENDSHIPS in YA, unless one of them is dead and the other mourning and Shirin and Navid were the ABSOLUTE BEST. 5. Ocean was probably the whole reason I found the book stiff in the beginning. I knew I would grow to love Shirin and Navid, but Ocean was just strange. He eventually became better, and I love that he was never influenced by ‘public opinion,’ and I ended up liking him too. A Very Large Expanse of Sea is a magical piece of literature, fictitious and yet, so real. Tahereh Mafi’s writing made me think and feel and this book has become one of my all-time favourites.
Anonymous 10 days ago
DNF'd 50%. Skimmed the rest of the book and read sections that enraged me. I will get hate for this, and I don't care. I am so tired of reading books marketed as "Muslim rep" that showcase characters disrespecting and running from their faiths. That is not Muslim rep. Look, I definitely believe the blatant, disgusting racism/Islamaphobia/xenophobia the main character (Shirin) faces in this book. And I totally get that Muslim experiences vary across the board. We are not a monolith. But as an American Muslim myself, I just could not get behind Shirin. She is so crass and unbelievably disrespectful (as are her harassers, but that's beside the point).