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A Girl Like That
A Girl Like That | Tanaz Bathena
11 posts | 7 read | 3 to read
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't want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that. This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers; tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class and religion; and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.
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hermyknee
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@JoScho YOU ARE THE MOST THOUGHTFUL HUMAN!! I am so grateful that #Litsy brought us together 💖You‘ve been an amazing friend and cheerleader for me over the last year and I truly appreciate it. 🧡

Jody sent me this beautiful care package for my 1 year soberversary (I‘ve opened it a little early) 💜 I am definitely feeling #blessed right now!!

Thank you so, so, so much!

Incoming close up of what I found inside the cup..

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MicheleinPhilly Congratulations on your one year! That‘s incredible! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
Karkar Congrats on your first year! That‘s amazing! 2w
vivastory Congrats on your first year 🎉👏🤘 2w
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BarbaraJean So awesome!! Congrats on one year!! 🎉🙌🏼🎉 2w
Megabooks Congratulations!! 🥳🥳🎉🎉💜💜 2w
TheBookHippie ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️yay!!! Congratulations 2w
mrp27 Congrats! 2w
Caroline2 Well done on your one year!!! 👏🥳 and what lovely presents! 😍 2w
hermyknee @MicheleinPhilly @Karkar @vivastory @BarbaraJean @Megabooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Caroline2 thank you all so much for the well-wishes! It‘ll be officially one year on Tuesday. I‘ve got this! 💪🏼 2w
Meaw_catlady Congratulations!! You are amazing ! 2w
JoScho Yay! What you have done is a big deal and I wanted to celebrate you 🖤 2w
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4thhouseontheleft
A Girl Like That | Tanaz Bathena
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An early morning walk to try to beat the heat! Hoping to finish this audiobook this weekend. #audiowalk #bfcr3 #teamfitlit

sprainedbrain What a gorgeous spot! 3mo
Balibee146 Woo hoo... FB pic too 👍👍 3mo
Balibee146 Fab not FB!! 3mo
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4thhouseontheleft @sprainedbrain Thanks! This is the park in the center of my neighborhood. 3mo
Avanders Gorgeous 3mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 3mo
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LibrarianRyan
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1. Tagged
2. risky Bussiness
3. I‘m to sexy. https://youtu.be/P5mtclwloEQ

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 4mo
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Honeybeegirl
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Started this book at the gym today, I like how it‘s different, immediately it‘s different!

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Lindy
A Girl Like That | Tanaz Bathena
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Pickpick

I‘ve read only one paper book during my week in the Yukon (plus 3 audiobooks, plus part of a long ebook). This one is for my YA book club next week. The flags aren‘t for the great writing (it‘s mediocre, actually) but for discussion points. I recommend it for its portrayal of gender discrimination & for an immersion into the lives of Parsi immigrants from India living in Saudi Arabia. Zarin, the central character, is a complex, fascinating mess.

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mcctrish
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Mehso-so

This one was hard to push through. The main character isn‘t that likeable but nobody really is, except Porous. He‘s a friend from home ( Mumbai) that she meets again in Jeddah, where she lives with her aunt and uncle. The male dominated Saudi society, full of privilege and power is hard to stomach as is the female experience of shame, inferiority and dependence. Everyone is horrible to everyone else. The ending is hopeful-ish

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mcctrish
A Girl Like That | Tanaz Bathena
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I am struggling with this YA book. It‘s set in Jeddah and the oppression of women and girls and the entitlement of boys and men is really hard to stomach. It‘s extreme in this case but really it‘s prevalent worldwide. I want to see how it ends so I‘m gonna keep on keeping on, but it‘s easy to pick up my iPad and troll the webs instead of reading

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mdemanatee
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Mehso-so

This was my work listen for today, and I am a little conflicted on this one to be honest.

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ambam1987
A Girl Like That | Tanaz Bathena
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A glance into the gender discrimination and double standards as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. 🇸🇦

Stay tuned for final review 📚

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wandering_and_reading
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Mehso-so

What did you guys think of this one? I had mix feelings, I found it interesting, I found it disturbing, I honestly don't know how to describe it.

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sumaiyya.books
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Panpan

I absolutely disliked this book set in Saudi Arabia. My review: https://sumaiyyareads.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/book-review-a-girl-like-that/

laurenlovesliterature Beautiful cover though. 2y
Gissy I don't even like the cover. 2y
aleph Wow, thank you for your verdict and very thoughtful review. I didn't make it all the way through as you did well in making clear why this book is one to avoid: namely Islam and Muslims/Saudis negatively drawn across the board and unshaded character portrayals. 1y
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