A Girl Like That
Bhathena makes an impressive and powerful debut with this eye-opening novel about a free-spirited girl living in Saudi Arabia. Zarin Wadia, 16, was orphaned at a young age and moved in with her uncle and abusive aunt who constantly shames and beats her. Although she's a bright and vivacious student, Zarin is a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. After she engages in a forbidden relationship with a childhood friend Porus, Zarin becomes dependent on him for protection and the gentle affection she hasn't felt since her mother’s death. When a tragic accident occurs, and her story is pieced together, friends and family question everything they thought they knew about Zarin.