A Girl Like That

A Girl Like That

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In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sixteen-year-old half-Hindu/half-Parsi Zarin Wadia is the class troublemaker and top subject for the school rumor blogs, regularly leaving class to smoke cigarettes in cars with boys, but she also desperately wants to grow up and move out of her aunt and uncle's house, perhaps realizing too late that Porus, another non-Muslim Indian who risks deportation but remains devoted to Zarin, could help her escape
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374305444
Branch Call Number: YF Bhat
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 22 cm

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mko123 Aug 02, 2018

There are two levels going on in this book: a 16-year-old's tough experiences in a world overwhelmed by social media and rumor, and a view from the after-life, or heaven. The disturbing things that happen could take place anywhere, though they are amplified in the restrictive, misogynistic Saudia Arabia. It is a mean world this girl lives in, but the overall message is that ultimately, love wins.

EverythingTouches Jul 05, 2018

Well written with insight into how girls are treated in middle eastern society and how it influences them. Also, the double standard afforded to men. Delicate yet raw. I haven’t read about this topic before in relation to middle eastern culture. Because of this, the effects of this book will stay with me.

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keekers5
Jul 02, 2018

Despite the twisting plot and the confusing storyline, I found this book to be amazing. I adore stories and movies that make you feel things and I went through a billion different emotions at once. Zarin's story is so incredible that you almost wish it were based on a true story but at the same time you feel that nobody should ever have to endure something so awful. Yet all over the world for the longest time, things like this have been going on. I feel that this story is a very good example of real life, a smack of reality right in the face.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Apr 08, 2018

This book begins with Zarin and Porus viewing their dead bodies from above after a car wreck in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The book then flashes back to what led them to that point. Zarin is failed by every single person in her life, with the exception of Porus. She is bullied and gossiped about by everyone at her school. There are numerous references to real places and monuments in Jeddah. The book could have explained life in Jeddah even more. I could never figure out who was Saudi and who wasn't, or even what languages the characters were speaking to each other. Jeddah is a big city, but this book made Jeddah seem very small

samcmar Mar 27, 2018

This was a difficult book to read. It has a very unique set up and one I feel like readers might have a hard time with at first. I want to say, very clearly: STICK WITH THIS STORY. Zarin's story is heartbreaking, hurtful, and it will make you angry. I found myself feeling a roller-coaster of emotions going through this book, and I think it's because it reminds me how cruel people can be.

In a lot of ways, this book reminded me of Jennifer Mathieu's The Truth About Alice, except we actually get the points of view from the deceased characters. Many of the perspectives we get talk in depth about Zarin and Porus during their time alive and even in death. As the reader you start to question what is fact and fiction from many of the perspective characters. Reading from certain characters at times were so uncomfortable, because you get a sense of ugliness that is hiding in them. You also see how much of a role family can play in fact and fiction as well.

Zarin's story is hard to read because it looks at not only a girl who may be breaking cultural practices, but she wants to be her own person and everyone has assumed the worst about her. That she is a slut, that she's unpredictable, that she has the wrong agenda. A lot of my favourite chapters were when I got to be inside Zarin's head and get a sense of what she was thinking and feeling. She takes so much abuse in this story, and yet she is so strong at the same time.

And the topics discussed hurt. You see religious prejudice, you see sexism, you see displacement, but there is also hope in this story. It's a twinkle, but it's there, and it feels so unexpected and so important. There are just so many complicated parts to A Girl Like That, and I feel not knowing too much about this story is what makes it such a compelling read. Beautifully written, heartbreaking and painful, this is a must read debut that offers so much insight into one girl's existence, and if you can juggle the points of view, it's a rewarding novel.

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