With stunningly beautiful prose and a protagonist who will make you laugh and cry, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi, has just risen to the very top of my "Best of 2018" list. The book follows a year in the high school life of 16 year old Muslim girl, Shirin. The year is 2002 and unfortuneately, Shirin is no longer surprised by how awful other humans can be. To protect herself she projects indifference as she moves from school to home and back again. Of course, as in so many teen stories, something interrupts her planned indifference. The readers' heart will break and mend and break again along with Shirin's in this incredibly moving, sometimes devastating, and ultimately hopeful, snapshot of her life. Check it out today! You'll be so glad you did!
This is the first book I've read by Tahereh Mafi. She's also the author of the Shatter Me teen series and the middle grade fantasy novels, Furthermore and Whichwood. I'll be reading every word she writes!