Radar Reads: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Hey bookish friends!

Happy Saturday! I’m going to be changing things up a little bit for this post. For a while now I’ve been wanting to do “mini reviews” on top of the normal reviews that I usually do. The thought for “radar reads” came to me after I finished Tahareh Mafi’s, A Very Large Expanse of Sea about a week ago. I received an e-arc of this book and absolutely fell in love with it from the very first page and literally just want to scream into the universe about how amazing this book was. The only problem is… it doesn’t come out until October 2018.

Currently I’m stuck in this in-between of wanting to talk to everybody about this book but not wanting to spoil anything for readers as well. So, I will be doing “mini reviews” which will be more of a bulleted list and include my rating, a brief list of topics discussed/things I loved, and a few quotes from the book until I can post a more in depth review. The Radar Reads basically just means books I’ve read and loved and think other readers should have on their radar. Cheesy I know, but it’s the first thing that came to mind so we’re just going to roll with it haha!

Also, not all of these mini reviews that I do will be arc’s, it will mainly be books that I’ve read and fallen in love with for various reasons. Whether the book was published ten years ago or coming out six months from now it won’t matter to me. At some point I may get into writing more in depth reviews for the books I’ll feature or I may just leave the mini-reviews for the “less is more effect” and let you all decide from there if you’d want to pick up the book up.

Please let me know what you think of this in the comments below!

So without further ado, lets get started with the first Radar Reads review!


A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 5/5 stars
Release Date: October 16, 2018

Synopsis HERE

  • Follows Shirin, a young Muslim girl, post 9/11 dealing with racism, bullying, xenophobia, how cruel the world can be, and falling in love all at the same time
  • An #ownvoices book inspired by true events of Tahereh Mafi’s life, knowing this made it hurt so much more
  • Genuinely one of the most eye opening and thought provoking reads I have ever read, I cried through so much of this because it shed so much perspective on what white privilege means and the struggles POC and people of other religions really go through.
    • To say I understood white privilege was one thing but to read how cruel the world can really be and how poorly others great treated for trying to live peaceful lives was so incredibly heart breaking and will stay with me for the rest of my life
  • Despite the heavy topics this book deals with there are some funny, feel good moments in this book
  • Beautiful writing you could eat up in one sitting, I mean it’s Tahereh Mafi, so are you even surprised?
  • Features an interracial couple
  • Includes break dancing, and if that’s not awesome I don’t know what is
  • Self actualization and growth in this was so unbelievably off the charts good that I’m still ready to cry at a moments notice over this


“There were two big difference between me and my brother: first, that he was extremely handsome, and second that he didn’t walk around wearing a metaphorical neon sign nailed to his forehead flashing CAUTION, TERRORIST APPROACHING.”

“I hated how long it took for the kids around me to realize I was neither terrifying nor dangerous; I hated the pathetic, soul-sucking effort it took to finally make a single friend brave enough to sit next to me in public.”

“I wondered, for the very first time, if maybe I was doing this whole thing wrong. If maybe I’d allowed myself to be blinded by my own anger to the exclusion of all else. If maybe, just maybe, I’d been so determined not to be stereotyped that I’d begun to stereotype everyone around me.”

“But if you walk away the second it gets hard, how will any of us ever learn? Who will be there to guide us?”

“Ocean had given me hope. He made me believe in people again. His sincerity had rubbed me raw, had peeled back the stubborn layers of anger I’d lived in for so long. Ocean made me want to give the world a second chance.”

Okay guys, that’s all for now but once October 16th hits you BETTER believe I will have a review ready for this because I can’t wait to talk about this and I am so incredibly grateful Tahereh Mafi is putting this story out into the world. It’s a story that deserves to be heard for many years to come! Last, thank you so much HarperTeen for providing me with an e-arc of this!

Until next time!



8 thoughts on “Radar Reads: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

  1. This book sounds amazing, I’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for it come October! Love the idea of the mini-reviews 🙂


    1. Thank you! I’m excited to see where it goes and since I personally love reading short reviews I figured it’d be nice to change it up 😊

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      1. I definitely like long reviews, but i think short reviews are cool for books i dont really know anything about – gives me just enough that i think “hmm. Another one for my TBR” lol!


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