Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [@fsgbooks]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena

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't want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.

published February 27th by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

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You don't want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. 

I love that this novel takes that idea - the 'bad' girl, the one who will somehow make you 'bad' just by associating with her - but puts it somewhere where the ramifications of being a 'girl like that,' not to mention the reasons why she would be seen that way, can be very, very different.

That the book is told from multiple perspectives and that it is about finding out how an event (Zarin and Porus in that car) came to be, incredibly appealing.

I am really looking forward to seeing how the setting affects the story and finding out who Zarin Wadia was - both truly and how she was seen by others.

(Plus, I really love the cover.)

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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