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|
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Driving by Starlight Reviews
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
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
Leena and Mishael have been friends forever. They've also grown up rebelling against the laws of Saudi Arabia (particularly against females). Now, as seniors, their futures as women are closing in on them, the restrictions imposed on them are suffocating. Each, in their own way, tries to deal with the many roadblocks that threaten their friendship, their families and the other girls in their school.
Despite the specific challenges that they encounter as young women in Saudi Arabia, their experien ...more
Haven’t read it yet. But it sounds interesting!!