Sixteen-year-olds Leena and Mishie are best friends. They delight in small rebellions against the Saudi cultural policesecret Western clothing, forbidden music, flirtations. But Leena wants college, independenceshe wants a different life. Though her story is specific to her world (a world where it's illegal for women to drive, where a ten-year-old boy is the natural choice as guardian of a fatherless woman), ultimately it's a story about friendship, family, and freedom that transcends cultural differences....
|Title||:||Driving by Starlight|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Driving by Starlight Reviews
A masterful and compelling narrative set in the heart of Saudi Arabia. The author has captured with artistic finesse, female teenage angst and painful yearning for unconditional love and friendship.
The author has also woven into the narrative a yearning for physical and emotional freedom from a society ruled by a hawkish cultural police.
A must- read.
Kudos to the author!
“See, if you were a woman in Saudi Arabia, you dreamed of only three things. To marry a man you loved. To change Saudi Arabia. And to leave Saudi Arabia, at least for a little while.”
”We were all fighting one another for a window out of hell. Me against my sisters. It had to stop.”
A group of sixteen-year-old Saudi women are in their senior year of school. They glory in small rebellions against the Muttaween, the Saudi cultural police, wearing western clothing, getting ice cream in the middle of ...more
Growing up in Riyadh is hard; especially when your father is in jail and your best friend’s father is responsible for putting him there. Options for young women are very limited, and the best option for rebellious Leena and Mishail may be marriage.
This was an interesting book. Two girls coming of age in Saudi Arabia, a country that does not allow women to drive. As Leena and Mishie navigate their restrictive culture knowing an arranged marriage likely awaits the both of them, they listen to forbidden music and get Western-style clothing. Leena even drives late at night with the boy she’s secretly seeing. This book shows us no matter the culture, teenage girls are teenage girls with similar dreams, styles and preferences no matter what cul ...more
Actual rating 4.3
I learned so much from this book. Written beautifully with incredibly rich world building and cultural immersion this is a truly amazing novel. When reading this book the idea that this is some type of fiction where we live in a society that controls women so completely is terrifying. I had to keep reminding myself over and over again that this is real, this is an actual country, and this is based on how women really live their lives. Anat Deracine captures the warm glow and ra ...more