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When their car crashed in Saudi Arabia, people started talking about how wild Zarin was. She was always getting in trouble, she smoked and snuck out of school. They said she was so many things but Porus seemed to be the only one who really knew her. Now they are both dead. Leaving nothing but memories behind.
This was one of my most anticipated books. I devoured this book.
First of all let’s talk about the setting. The author was able to describe her city in Saudi Arabia with so detail about the culture, the people and the food that it made the setting really accessible to western readers. This country was almost like another protagonist. It is because of where Zarin lived that she had to endure so much more critic and harassment.
Zarin is a very independent girl. She is smart. She is angry. She is angry that it didn’t her aunt always compared her to mother. She was angry about the inequality between men and women. She was selfish.
She was very much a teen girl trying to find her place in the world.
I loved that we saw so many different POVs in this book. We saw the potential love interest, her school rival, and her family’s reaction to her life and death. There were so many lies and half truths that surrounded her life.
Zarin felt so isolated from everyone around her.
This was a very enjoyable but hard read. I gave this book a B.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.