A Girl Like That

A Girl Like That

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. She?s 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' A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved. Si...

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Title:A Girl Like That
Author:Tanaz Bhathena
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:Qala Academy
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:378 pages pages

A Girl Like That Reviews

  • Katie
    Mar 13, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

    2.5 stars. It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was ...

    This is a powerful and emotional read that left me feeling like I was the one who had been in a car crash. Zarin's life is one of tragedy and hurt, but as a character you feel her jump off the page trying to fight back. Very well done. This isn't a happy book, but it will teach you ...

    This book is beautiful, jarring, unique, and incredibly written. Jeddah comes alive amidst the threaded perspectives--some of which span even from beyond death. As the characters' lives weave together and darken, and the tension and dread build, this book cracked my heart into a bunch ...

    DNF. I really don't appreciate it when a book that focuses so heavily on sexual assault/r*pe doesn't have any mention of that in the blurb. ...

    WOW. This was incredible -- gorgeous, gutting, powerful. ...

    This book is AMAZING. I'm not quite sure if I have the words. Content warnings: sexual assault/rape, domestic abuse, death of loved ones, cancer (brief mentions in text) ...

    A Girl Like Thatis a hard-hitting diverse story about two teenagers who end up dead from a car accident in Saudi Arabia. You start right in the heart of the aftermath of their deaths - watching, from their point of view, as their guardians grieve by their bodies and the police angril...

    Thanks to Macmillan US for providing me with this physical copy, it hadn?t influenced my rating/review of the book in any way. As always, you can find my review on my blog as well, here. Trigger warnings : rape, bullying, sexual harassment, mentions of domestic abuse, drug abu...

    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 de...

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Mar 03, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

  • Kayla
    Oct 10, 2016

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

  • Emily Murphy
    Sep 18, 2016

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

    2.5 stars. It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was ...

    This is a powerful and emotional read that left me feeling like I was the one who had been in a car crash. Zarin's life is one of tragedy and hurt, but as a character you feel her jump off the page trying to fight back. Very well done. This isn't a happy book, but it will teach you ...

    This book is beautiful, jarring, unique, and incredibly written. Jeddah comes alive amidst the threaded perspectives--some of which span even from beyond death. As the characters' lives weave together and darken, and the tension and dread build, this book cracked my heart into a bunch ...

  • Jenna
    Feb 28, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

    2.5 stars. It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was ...

  • Dahlia
    Mar 08, 2016

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    Apr 11, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

  • K.
    Apr 22, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

  • Anna Priemaza
    Mar 17, 2016

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

  • Paige
    Oct 25, 2017

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

  • Rachel Solomon
    Jul 05, 2017

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

    2.5 stars. It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was ...

    This is a powerful and emotional read that left me feeling like I was the one who had been in a car crash. Zarin's life is one of tragedy and hurt, but as a character you feel her jump off the page trying to fight back. Very well done. This isn't a happy book, but it will teach you ...

    This book is beautiful, jarring, unique, and incredibly written. Jeddah comes alive amidst the threaded perspectives--some of which span even from beyond death. As the characters' lives weave together and darken, and the tension and dread build, this book cracked my heart into a bunch ...

    DNF. I really don't appreciate it when a book that focuses so heavily on sexual assault/r*pe doesn't have any mention of that in the blurb. ...

    WOW. This was incredible -- gorgeous, gutting, powerful. ...

  • Laurie
    Oct 25, 2016

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

  • Brooke
    Apr 06, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Feb 26, 2018

    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 appe...

  • S.A. Chakraborty
    Mar 01, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

  • Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
    Mar 10, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

    2.5 stars. It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was ...

    This is a powerful and emotional read that left me feeling like I was the one who had been in a car crash. Zarin's life is one of tragedy and hurt, but as a character you feel her jump off the page trying to fight back. Very well done. This isn't a happy book, but it will teach you ...

    This book is beautiful, jarring, unique, and incredibly written. Jeddah comes alive amidst the threaded perspectives--some of which span even from beyond death. As the characters' lives weave together and darken, and the tension and dread build, this book cracked my heart into a bunch ...

    DNF. I really don't appreciate it when a book that focuses so heavily on sexual assault/r*pe doesn't have any mention of that in the blurb. ...

    WOW. This was incredible -- gorgeous, gutting, powerful. ...

    This book is AMAZING. I'm not quite sure if I have the words. Content warnings: sexual assault/rape, domestic abuse, death of loved ones, cancer (brief mentions in text) ...

    A Girl Like Thatis a hard-hitting diverse story about two teenagers who end up dead from a car accident in Saudi Arabia. You start right in the heart of the aftermath of their deaths - watching, from their point of view, as their guardians grieve by their bodies and the police angril...

    Thanks to Macmillan US for providing me with this physical copy, it hadn?t influenced my rating/review of the book in any way. As always, you can find my review on my blog as well, here. Trigger warnings : rape, bullying, sexual harassment, mentions of domestic abuse, drug abu...

  • Hiba (Hiatus)
    Mar 31, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Apr 01, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

  • Caitlin Christensen
    Feb 18, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

    2.5 stars. It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was ...

    This is a powerful and emotional read that left me feeling like I was the one who had been in a car crash. Zarin's life is one of tragedy and hurt, but as a character you feel her jump off the page trying to fight back. Very well done. This isn't a happy book, but it will teach you ...

    This book is beautiful, jarring, unique, and incredibly written. Jeddah comes alive amidst the threaded perspectives--some of which span even from beyond death. As the characters' lives weave together and darken, and the tension and dread build, this book cracked my heart into a bunch ...

    DNF. I really don't appreciate it when a book that focuses so heavily on sexual assault/r*pe doesn't have any mention of that in the blurb. ...

    WOW. This was incredible -- gorgeous, gutting, powerful. ...

    This book is AMAZING. I'm not quite sure if I have the words. Content warnings: sexual assault/rape, domestic abuse, death of loved ones, cancer (brief mentions in text) ...

    A Girl Like Thatis a hard-hitting diverse story about two teenagers who end up dead from a car accident in Saudi Arabia. You start right in the heart of the aftermath of their deaths - watching, from their point of view, as their guardians grieve by their bodies and the police angril...

  • Cori Reed
    Mar 09, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

    2.5 stars. It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was ...

    This is a powerful and emotional read that left me feeling like I was the one who had been in a car crash. Zarin's life is one of tragedy and hurt, but as a character you feel her jump off the page trying to fight back. Very well done. This isn't a happy book, but it will teach you ...

  • ilsa ➹
    May 16, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

  • Romie
    Mar 26, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

  • Laura (bbliophile)
    Mar 01, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

    2.5 stars. It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was ...

    This is a powerful and emotional read that left me feeling like I was the one who had been in a car crash. Zarin's life is one of tragedy and hurt, but as a character you feel her jump off the page trying to fight back. Very well done. This isn't a happy book, but it will teach you ...

    This book is beautiful, jarring, unique, and incredibly written. Jeddah comes alive amidst the threaded perspectives--some of which span even from beyond death. As the characters' lives weave together and darken, and the tension and dread build, this book cracked my heart into a bunch ...

    DNF. I really don't appreciate it when a book that focuses so heavily on sexual assault/r*pe doesn't have any mention of that in the blurb. ...

  • Laurie Flynn
    Feb 21, 2017

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)
    Jun 15, 2017

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

  • Carlie Sorosiak
    Aug 02, 2016

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

  • Jessi
    Mar 06, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

    2.5 stars. It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was ...

    This is a powerful and emotional read that left me feeling like I was the one who had been in a car crash. Zarin's life is one of tragedy and hurt, but as a character you feel her jump off the page trying to fight back. Very well done. This isn't a happy book, but it will teach you ...

    This book is beautiful, jarring, unique, and incredibly written. Jeddah comes alive amidst the threaded perspectives--some of which span even from beyond death. As the characters' lives weave together and darken, and the tension and dread build, this book cracked my heart into a bunch ...

    DNF. I really don't appreciate it when a book that focuses so heavily on sexual assault/r*pe doesn't have any mention of that in the blurb. ...

    WOW. This was incredible -- gorgeous, gutting, powerful. ...

    This book is AMAZING. I'm not quite sure if I have the words. Content warnings: sexual assault/rape, domestic abuse, death of loved ones, cancer (brief mentions in text) ...

    A Girl Like Thatis a hard-hitting diverse story about two teenagers who end up dead from a car accident in Saudi Arabia. You start right in the heart of the aftermath of their deaths - watching, from their point of view, as their guardians grieve by their bodies and the police angril...

    Thanks to Macmillan US for providing me with this physical copy, it hadn?t influenced my rating/review of the book in any way. As always, you can find my review on my blog as well, here. Trigger warnings : rape, bullying, sexual harassment, mentions of domestic abuse, drug abu...

    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 de...

    I'm completely blown away. This was unlike anything I have ever read before. My full review will be posted soon on teenreads.com ...

  • Sierra
    Mar 31, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

    Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault ? Rape ? Child abuse (physical abuse) ? Death ? Bullying ? Domestic Violence ? Graphic Car Accident ? Death of a pet ? Depression Author?s Note My own story is different from Zarin?s and Mishal?s. Yet it does not make thei...

    Well, this book is HEAVY! Lots of dark themes, and the writing made it a bit harder to absorb. That, plus the fact that nothing happens in the entire first half of the book made this so hard to get into, but after a while I think I managed to appreciate this book a lot. Plus I adored t...

    Full review here: https://youtu.be/YubfXUoXZi0 One of the best books I?ve ever read. So sad yet so beautiful. ...

    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 dam...

    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 ra...

    I had the privilege of reading A GIRL LIKE THAT in advance of its 2018 release date, and I was completely enraptured by its beauty and power. The story starts with the aftermath of a car accident that kills that two main characters, Zarin and Porus. It's certainly not a traditional beg...

    1.5 stars Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of ...

    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 start...

    STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena. This is one of the most important works of fiction I have ever read ? right up there with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its depth, complexity and powerful beauty. I sat down to read a few pages of this incredible ...

    "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 ab...

    2.5 stars. It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year. The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was ...

    This is a powerful and emotional read that left me feeling like I was the one who had been in a car crash. Zarin's life is one of tragedy and hurt, but as a character you feel her jump off the page trying to fight back. Very well done. This isn't a happy book, but it will teach you ...

    This book is beautiful, jarring, unique, and incredibly written. Jeddah comes alive amidst the threaded perspectives--some of which span even from beyond death. As the characters' lives weave together and darken, and the tension and dread build, this book cracked my heart into a bunch ...

    DNF. I really don't appreciate it when a book that focuses so heavily on sexual assault/r*pe doesn't have any mention of that in the blurb. ...

    WOW. This was incredible -- gorgeous, gutting, powerful. ...

    This book is AMAZING. I'm not quite sure if I have the words. Content warnings: sexual assault/rape, domestic abuse, death of loved ones, cancer (brief mentions in text) ...

  • Saajid Hosein
    Apr 02, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest There were a lot of upcoming titles for 2018 with PoC leads that I was highly anticipating, and Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT was one of them. All I knew about it was that it was set in Saudi Arabia(!) and featured a f...

    Ilsa: Hello Ilsa: Why are you speaking to yourself? Ilsa: can you please just let me be!! We need to speak Ilsa: about?? 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, th...

    A Girl Like That completely broke my heart in a million ways, some expected and others not. I was not prepared for the sheer beauty of this writing, which?coupled with the plot?tore me to pieces yet also left me with a profound sense of hope. Every sentence is so carefully con...

    Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse When people say you?re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again ? to anyone ? you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that yo...

    "Hola, can you help me find my weave?" - Dora, the shookethed explorer (2018). ...

  • Noor
    Mar 17, 2018

    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 appe...

    Phew. That was a book that required 100% of my attention. It wasn't an easy read for me, but definitely a worthwhile one. I feel like this story is really important and will stay with me for a long time. ...

    More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me! ...

    A GIRL LIKE THAT completely blew me away, but be warned: this book will break your heart a thousand times, so that by the time you?re done reading, a thousand and one little heart pieces will be thrumming in your chest cavity like tiny, weeping hummingbirds. Abuse. Death. Rape cu...

    This is officially the worst book I?ve read, ever, which is not something I say lightly. It?s a contemporary young adult novel set in Saudi Arabia that?s supposedly meant to bravely expose rape culture, but all it does is expose the author?s own islamophobia and girl-on-girl ha...