February was a great month of reading! I read and listened to quite a few novels this month, including a few ARCs. I took a dip into Fantasy, Romance, Nonfiction, and Urban Fiction. Take a look at these mini reviews and let me know what you think!
A Very Large Expanse of Sea transports us back to 2002 in the wake of 9/11 when tensions are high and negative extremist stereotypes of Muslims are rampant. Here, we meet Shirin, a 16 year-old Muslim-American who’s learning how to navigate high school in this new post-9/11 reality. Shirin is just like any other American girl, but those around her can only see her hijab and the prejudices that surround her choice of showing her faith.
Wow, how do I even begin this review? I have SO MANY FEELINGS about this book. It’s set in African folklore, all about that black girl magic, AND it’s a response piece to police brutality against black bodies? UGH, slay me, Tomi. And don’t even get me started on the fact that Tomi is my age (26) and out here slaying her FIRST NOVEL and already has a movie deal?! UGH, slay me AGAIN, Tomi!!!!!!!!