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
A fascinating book about the lives of young women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the restrictions that they face on a daily basis.
I mostly picked this book to learn more about the culture, and it is packed full of that information. You learn about the culture of women and the restrictions placed on them by the government in Riyadh. Those restrictions include having to be fully veiled in the presence of men not related to them and not being able to pursue education without the permission of a male ...more
Haven’t read it yet. But it sounds interesting!!
Leena is about to graduate high school...an exciting time for most girls, but Leena lives in Ridyah, Saudi Arabia, where women live lives dominated by and segregated from men. With her political activist father in jail, her mother struggling to keep them fed, and her best friend recklessly breaking all the rules, Leena has enough on her plate thinking about now instead of a future comprised of either fleeing the country to freedom, going to university on a scholarship, or getting married to a ma ...more