A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved. Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. Shes also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don't want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that. This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal....
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A Girl Like That Reviews
"Sometimes, life does not go the way we want it to and we can't really change that. But it doesn't matter as long as we have someone to love us. Love is more important than anything else in this world. And you deserve love just as much as anyone else."
Here's what you should know about Tanaz Bhathena's What We Left Behind:
It is heartbreaking. This is a story about how love—and its absence—can shape a person's life, and it is a story framed with death. It was tragic in a way that reminded me of Ro ...more
Trigger warnings: death, car accident, slut shaming, bullying, mental health, date rape, drugging of unknowing girls, domestic violence/child abuse, misogyny, death of a parent (in the past).
This was a way tougher read than I anticipated it being. I mean, given that the story starts with the main character being dead, it was never going to be a particularly easy read. But there was so much more going on here than I'd anticipated.
It's an incredibly compelling story, essentially told in reverse f ...more
Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself?
Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak
Ilsa: A Girl Like That
Ilsa: ...and I care because?
Ilsa: BECAUSE I'M A MIXED BAG OF SPRINKLES AND NEED TO GUSH MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK, that one the one hand, is great and tackles sexual assault and rape and a lot of important topics, whilst on the other hand was also very islamophobic and don't get me started about the implications of the religious police.
Ilsa:...the religious ...more
I don't know why I've decided to wait fifty billion years between finishing a book and reviewing it. (Actually, it might only be two days. But that pretty IS fifty billion years in today's time.) But this was good and sad and . . .this feels weird to say about a book that opens with death and has other serious issues, but it felt sad in sort of a low key way. The way lives are sometimes sad, sometimes people don't like you, you're left out and misunderstood . . .
(Oh, the synopsis is kind of ove ...more
I have been looking forward to this book for over a year, and it left me just as emotionally devastated as I expected. This is a heavy book, one that left me continuously having to remind myself that these people were not real and I should not be grieving them like they were... but damn. A beautiful, sad story about young love but also the terrible ways we box in both our girls and boys with adult insecurities around sex and honor. One of those stories that will haunt me for a long time.
WOW. Not that I wasn't expecting the book to be really good, but it was just...really good in ways I wasn't expecting. There's so much interesting discussion of cultural nuance re: India and the Middle East and being an expat and mental health and sexism and different religions that rarely get rep in YA (I had incorrectly assumed the main character would be Muslim; she is in fact Zoroastrian) and then on top of that you get the whole BEFORE I FALL/IF I STAY conceit and a book that stands up ther ...more
This is not a feel-good book, and Zarin is not your happy-go-lucky heroine.
It is fantastically refreshing to be reading a YA contemporary story that is not set in North America. Instead, the reader is heading to Saudi Arabia to meet the controversial Zarin who is more than she appears to be.
Zarin has had a tough life. Her father was a criminal and her mother died when she was still a child. Living with her aunt, who abuses her physically, and her aunt’s husband, who only sometimes defends her, ...more
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- Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018).