A Very Large Expanse Of Sea
ISBN: 0062866575
EAN13: 9780062866578
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 8, 2019
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1" H x 8" L x 5.31" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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. This young adult novel is an excellent choice for accelerated tween readers in grades 7 to 8, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

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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   High School Done Right!
Mafi takes on some of the most complex high school politics, hypocrisy and angst all through the form of high school romance. It is done eloquently and poignantly! The raw, emotional and hopeful unicorns and butterflies of high school romance are wiped away for the idealized rollercoaster of life. So pleasantly surprised ''.
   It's worth reading
If it was not for my book club, I wouldn t even know about this book. It is real and beautiful. The theme is quite interesting and the characters are real, you may say. The reason why it has 4 stars is that both the beginning and the end are blunt. It's like you start to write something and send it without finishing it. It is genuine and real, considering that I read it in a few hours and the story is on the one side fake and real and on the other side a cliché. Though it is an easy read, the lesson from this lecture is that you do not have to care about what others thinksaydoetc. You and this topic should be more often shown.
   Beautifully sculpted
I cried with the characters, story and absolutely loved during the conflict. I was struck numb by the true but brutal message. Love should open all haters need to conquer their hearts - love has so much more power! I continue to read books by Mafi.
   Excellent book & great opportunity to learn about another culture!
I adored this book absolutely ''. But we loved it absolutely. It is truly one of those books that is hard to put down. I've especially appreciated the insights it provided into a world so different than the mind.
   So enjoyable!
This story was so sweet, at times funny and ultimately heartbreaking. I love Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series and this was really different, but also really enjoyable. Unfortunately, the things that Shirin has to deal with are very real for a lot of people. I'm glad that this book tries to tell a bit of all their stories.
   Omg. Aol. Is referenced here.
I haven t finished reading the book. But seriously, this chick referenced aol just. What most old people forgot about most. After 911, people became victims along with extreme racial profiling. This book hits me deep in a cord. And i haven 't yet finished reading.
   Love and Hope Win
It was nice to see a story where characters learn to read humanity in others. Hope and love win.
   Propulsive and raw
A Very large expansion of the sea was fantastic! Raw, propulsive and unique. I was walking through the pages to follow Shirin's journey.
Muslim has been judged by Shirin all her life for wearing a Hijab and for being Muslim. She builds defenses and no longer allows people into her world. He has to start Shirin at a new school, or at least try to make friends. But Ocean won't let her ex, and now Shirin must learn to be in a relationship. This book is my favorite!
   High school required summer reading-ugh!
I am so disappointed in my high school choice in a book one school choice! Even if you’re into chick-flick type books, this is so outdated that the theme is BORING and predictable.