Books On Our Radar: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

Books On Our Radar: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena sounds so intriguing and thought provoking. When the two main characters are found dead in a car together, the story is told from many points of views to determine what exactly may have happened. There isn’t much more to say other than I am in love with this cover and I know in my heart that this will be a hard read. All the early buzz tells me that it is going to shatter me, but I can only hope that the healing of the mind will follow. This is Tanaz Bhathena’s debut and I am really eagerly awaiting this upcoming release on February 27th you should be sure to add this one to your TBR until then!


A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

Category: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication: February 27th, 2018; Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon

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.


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