Historically, I’ve always steered away from romance novels. However, after reading 99 Percent Mine, I am a fan and Sally Thorne has won my heart.
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.
I really enjoyed this read! It’s the Alice in Wonderland + Buffy crossover I never knew I needed. I have always loved the dark playfulness of Alice in Wonderland, so to read urban twist to the classic family centered around a black teenage heroine in modern times? Count. Me. In! The Story: The book begins
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!!!!!!!!