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. Shes 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....
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A Girl Like That Reviews
It is unfortunate that I did not end up liking this. It was one of the books I was looking forward to being released this year.
The writing is what led to me not liking it. The author was overly descriptive and I got bored with how descriptive the writing was. It was more of the author telling me things than showing. A good novel has both showing and telling.
The characters were complex and the novel addressed a lot of things that don't normally get discussed. I think it is great that ...more
More like a 4.5 stars. This was so different from anything I've ever read before. I learnt so much reading it and it really brought out a lot of different emotions in me!
Honestly, I was bored for almost the entirety of the book. Several POVs caused the narrative to spread too thin; too many ideas going on at once. For a novel heavy on rape culture, there is absolutely nothing in the synopsis that tells this. There is one little mention of it before the title page, in little print that can easily be overlooked, especially when using the ebook version. That wasn't enough for me & is very misleading. It left a bitter taste in my mouth. I also was a bit ...more
"Sometimes, life does not go the way we want it to and we can't really change that. But it doesn't matter as long as we have someone to love us. Love is more important than anything else in this world. And you deserve love just as much as anyone else."
Here's what you should know about Tanaz Bhathena's What We Left Behind:
It is heartbreaking. This is a story about how love—and its absence—can shape a person's life, and it is a story framed with death. It was tragic in a way that reminded me of Ro ...more
Trigger Warning Bullying, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse
When people say you’re wrong so many times over so many years, when they call you a bad person, you begin to believe them. You begin to hide your face again – to anyone – you will be judged. Sometimes, it gets so bad that you begin to wonder if life is worth living.
Zarin Wadia was a 16 year-old Zoroastrian from Mumbai who's living in Jeddah with her aunt and uncle. Her mother was a bar dancer and her father was a underworld Mafia Boss. Bo ...more
WOW. This was incredible -- gorgeous, gutting, powerful.
Sexual Assault — Rape — Child abuse (physical abuse) — Death — Bullying — Domestic Violence — Graphic Car Accident — Death of a pet — Depression
My own story is different from Zarin’s and Mishal’s. Yet it does not make their stories any less true, nor does it diminish the reality of living in a world that still defines girls in various ways without letting them define themselves.
This book is a love letter to them all.
I really have to start reading the synopsis of ...more
Thanks to Macmillan US for providing me with this physical copy, it hadn’t influenced my rating/review of the book in any way.
As always, you can find my review on my blog as well, here.
Trigger warnings : rape, bullying, sexual harassment, mentions of domestic abuse, drug abuse.
I hope I didn’t forget anything, this book deals with many issues and it can be a lot to take in. I think it can be especially triggering to rape survivors because there are mentions of rape and a somewhat explicit sce ...more