Today I am coming to you with a mini book review. I am going to review of A Very Large Expanse of Sea. I enjoyed this book and found it to be very impactful.
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. (Goodreads)
The book and story is a fast paced and I read it within one day. It was eye opening in regards to the amount of racism and abuse Shirin went through, not just from students, but teachers as well. It was shocking, and Shirin, put on this tough front to show it didn’t bother her, but when something happens you can see her hurt and it broke my heart a little. The fact that this still happens to people is so upsetting.
I loved the relationship that was developed between Shirin and Ocean, they found each other at the right time I think, it was really cute. I loved the character development that both of them went through.
The only problem I had with it was how short it was, I think that it could have been longer and she could have expanded on some of the stories. Also I would have liked to see more of her relationship with her family. Other than that I would highly recommend this book.