A Very Large Expanse of Sea
By: Tahereh Mafi
3 out of 5
Shirin is a sixteen-year old Muslim girl in high school the year after 9/11. She has heard it all: terrorist, towel head, and so much worse. Her only goal is to get through the next two and a half years of high school. She has just started at another new school when her brother starts a break-dancing crew that Shirin wants to be a part of too. Shirin keeps her head down at school and ignores everyone, but her lab partner in bio, Ocean, wants to get to know her and will not let her ignore him.
Shirin does not know what to do with this new attention. She has spent her whole life ignoring people and not getting to know them. She likes Ocean too, but is unsure if their friendship is even possible. What would people say? Ocean is white and good looking, what could he possibly see in Shirin?
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It just was kind of lack luster and predictable. Don’t get me wrong, I liked reading something from a POV I have not experienced before this book. It made me hate everyone that has ever been hateful to someone just because of their religion or ethnicity. My heart felt for people like Shirin, trying to navigate high school post 9-11, or life in general, but the story was just kind of boring for me.