Driving by Starlight

Driving by Starlight

Sixteen-year-olds Leena and Mishie are best friends. They delight in small rebellions against the Saudi cultural police?secret Western clothing, forbidden music, flirtations. But Leena wants college, independence?she 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 choi Sixteen-year-olds Leena and Mishie are best friends. They delight in small rebellions against the Saudi cultural poli...

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Title:Driving by Starlight
Author:Anat Deracine
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1250133424
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Driving by Starlight Reviews

  • Donna
    Jun 27, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

  • Lynn
    Sep 16, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Jun 25, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

  • Liz Overberg
    Jul 18, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

  • Ashley
    Aug 10, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

  • Heidi
    Aug 25, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

    Do yourself a favor and check out this book. This is currently my favorite read of the year. ...

    Leena and Mishail are to best friends who enjoy testing the limits in Saudi Arabia. Leena is determined to go to college and seek her independence. Both girls find themselves struggling against cultural expectations that do not nourish their ambitions. Though this particular story is t...

    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 ...

    This is a great "coming of age" book set in Saudi Arabia. Leena and Mishy are a dynamic duo when a new American girl enters, threatening their friendship. This book highlights the highs and lows of high school including freedom, family, friendship and love. ...

    Anat Deracine tells a rich, tense coming of age story that is both foreign and totally relatable. My favorite part of the book is how the various locations are nearly full characters on their own. Sometimes a location is a small, private space and sometimes it is a sweeping vista on...

    Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine, 280 pages. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2018. $18. Language: PG (7 swears, 0 ?f?); Mature Content: G (hint of LGBT); Violence: G. BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW Leena and her best friend Mishail find what fun t...

    Such a good book! Beautifully written with fascinating characters & location! This book is about four high school girls who live in Saudi Arabia.....need I say more? I was completely absorbed in this culture and the life that these young women live.....in many ways they are just li...

    I had a few expectations for this book and some were met; however, some things did confuse. I know the author was trying to raise awareness about life in Saudi Arabia and it surely was successful. I learned a lot about that country and some things did shock me. I don't know what exactl...

    A very interesting look at a Saudi culture and how it pertains to women. The story was set in an all girls school (I guess "all-girls" is stating the obvious) and looked at relationships among the girls and what they could expect their future to hold. It was very hard to wrap my mind a...

    Saudi high school girls, soon to graduate, begin to defy the morality laws, causing concern at home, at school, and in the lives of those they love. Lots of detail specifics about customs and practices related to male-female relationships and gender roles. ...

  • Jason Gessner
    Jun 24, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

    Do yourself a favor and check out this book. This is currently my favorite read of the year. ...

    Leena and Mishail are to best friends who enjoy testing the limits in Saudi Arabia. Leena is determined to go to college and seek her independence. Both girls find themselves struggling against cultural expectations that do not nourish their ambitions. Though this particular story is t...

    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 ...

    This is a great "coming of age" book set in Saudi Arabia. Leena and Mishy are a dynamic duo when a new American girl enters, threatening their friendship. This book highlights the highs and lows of high school including freedom, family, friendship and love. ...

    Anat Deracine tells a rich, tense coming of age story that is both foreign and totally relatable. My favorite part of the book is how the various locations are nearly full characters on their own. Sometimes a location is a small, private space and sometimes it is a sweeping vista on...

  • Erin Cogburn
    May 11, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

  • Lupita
    Jun 11, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    May 31, 2018

    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 reckle...

  • Jennifer Thompson-Thalasinos
    Jun 02, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

    Do yourself a favor and check out this book. This is currently my favorite read of the year. ...

    Leena and Mishail are to best friends who enjoy testing the limits in Saudi Arabia. Leena is determined to go to college and seek her independence. Both girls find themselves struggling against cultural expectations that do not nourish their ambitions. Though this particular story is t...

    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 ...

  • Alicia Herrington
    May 22, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

  • Laura Hanby
    Jun 26, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

  • Raja
    Jun 05, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

  • Prita Sethuram
    Jun 10, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Aug 29, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

    Do yourself a favor and check out this book. This is currently my favorite read of the year. ...

    Leena and Mishail are to best friends who enjoy testing the limits in Saudi Arabia. Leena is determined to go to college and seek her independence. Both girls find themselves struggling against cultural expectations that do not nourish their ambitions. Though this particular story is t...

    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 ...

    This is a great "coming of age" book set in Saudi Arabia. Leena and Mishy are a dynamic duo when a new American girl enters, threatening their friendship. This book highlights the highs and lows of high school including freedom, family, friendship and love. ...

    Anat Deracine tells a rich, tense coming of age story that is both foreign and totally relatable. My favorite part of the book is how the various locations are nearly full characters on their own. Sometimes a location is a small, private space and sometimes it is a sweeping vista on...

    Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine, 280 pages. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2018. $18. Language: PG (7 swears, 0 ?f?); Mature Content: G (hint of LGBT); Violence: G. BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW Leena and her best friend Mishail find what fun t...

  • Maryam Asif
    Oct 01, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

    Do yourself a favor and check out this book. This is currently my favorite read of the year. ...

    Leena and Mishail are to best friends who enjoy testing the limits in Saudi Arabia. Leena is determined to go to college and seek her independence. Both girls find themselves struggling against cultural expectations that do not nourish their ambitions. Though this particular story is t...

    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 ...

    This is a great "coming of age" book set in Saudi Arabia. Leena and Mishy are a dynamic duo when a new American girl enters, threatening their friendship. This book highlights the highs and lows of high school including freedom, family, friendship and love. ...

    Anat Deracine tells a rich, tense coming of age story that is both foreign and totally relatable. My favorite part of the book is how the various locations are nearly full characters on their own. Sometimes a location is a small, private space and sometimes it is a sweeping vista on...

    Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine, 280 pages. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2018. $18. Language: PG (7 swears, 0 ?f?); Mature Content: G (hint of LGBT); Violence: G. BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW Leena and her best friend Mishail find what fun t...

    Such a good book! Beautifully written with fascinating characters & location! This book is about four high school girls who live in Saudi Arabia.....need I say more? I was completely absorbed in this culture and the life that these young women live.....in many ways they are just li...

    I had a few expectations for this book and some were met; however, some things did confuse. I know the author was trying to raise awareness about life in Saudi Arabia and it surely was successful. I learned a lot about that country and some things did shock me. I don't know what exactl...

  • Jene
    Jul 01, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

  • Denise
    Sep 20, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

    Do yourself a favor and check out this book. This is currently my favorite read of the year. ...

    Leena and Mishail are to best friends who enjoy testing the limits in Saudi Arabia. Leena is determined to go to college and seek her independence. Both girls find themselves struggling against cultural expectations that do not nourish their ambitions. Though this particular story is t...

    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 ...

    This is a great "coming of age" book set in Saudi Arabia. Leena and Mishy are a dynamic duo when a new American girl enters, threatening their friendship. This book highlights the highs and lows of high school including freedom, family, friendship and love. ...

    Anat Deracine tells a rich, tense coming of age story that is both foreign and totally relatable. My favorite part of the book is how the various locations are nearly full characters on their own. Sometimes a location is a small, private space and sometimes it is a sweeping vista on...

    Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine, 280 pages. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2018. $18. Language: PG (7 swears, 0 ?f?); Mature Content: G (hint of LGBT); Violence: G. BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW Leena and her best friend Mishail find what fun t...

    Such a good book! Beautifully written with fascinating characters & location! This book is about four high school girls who live in Saudi Arabia.....need I say more? I was completely absorbed in this culture and the life that these young women live.....in many ways they are just li...

    I had a few expectations for this book and some were met; however, some things did confuse. I know the author was trying to raise awareness about life in Saudi Arabia and it surely was successful. I learned a lot about that country and some things did shock me. I don't know what exactl...

    A very interesting look at a Saudi culture and how it pertains to women. The story was set in an all girls school (I guess "all-girls" is stating the obvious) and looked at relationships among the girls and what they could expect their future to hold. It was very hard to wrap my mind a...

  • Lorraine McCullough
    Jul 09, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

    Do yourself a favor and check out this book. This is currently my favorite read of the year. ...

    Leena and Mishail are to best friends who enjoy testing the limits in Saudi Arabia. Leena is determined to go to college and seek her independence. Both girls find themselves struggling against cultural expectations that do not nourish their ambitions. Though this particular story is t...

  • Karina
    May 22, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

  • Lillian
    Apr 13, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

  • Christina Coats
    Aug 12, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

    Do yourself a favor and check out this book. This is currently my favorite read of the year. ...

    Leena and Mishail are to best friends who enjoy testing the limits in Saudi Arabia. Leena is determined to go to college and seek her independence. Both girls find themselves struggling against cultural expectations that do not nourish their ambitions. Though this particular story is t...

    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 ...

    This is a great "coming of age" book set in Saudi Arabia. Leena and Mishy are a dynamic duo when a new American girl enters, threatening their friendship. This book highlights the highs and lows of high school including freedom, family, friendship and love. ...

  • Kier (Myn Kobayashi)
    Oct 15, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

  • Chelsea
    Aug 01, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

  • Berkeley High School Library
    May 11, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

  • Heather Warner
    Sep 20, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

    Do yourself a favor and check out this book. This is currently my favorite read of the year. ...

    Leena and Mishail are to best friends who enjoy testing the limits in Saudi Arabia. Leena is determined to go to college and seek her independence. Both girls find themselves struggling against cultural expectations that do not nourish their ambitions. Though this particular story is t...

    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 ...

    This is a great "coming of age" book set in Saudi Arabia. Leena and Mishy are a dynamic duo when a new American girl enters, threatening their friendship. This book highlights the highs and lows of high school including freedom, family, friendship and love. ...

    Anat Deracine tells a rich, tense coming of age story that is both foreign and totally relatable. My favorite part of the book is how the various locations are nearly full characters on their own. Sometimes a location is a small, private space and sometimes it is a sweeping vista on...

    Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine, 280 pages. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2018. $18. Language: PG (7 swears, 0 ?f?); Mature Content: G (hint of LGBT); Violence: G. BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW Leena and her best friend Mishail find what fun t...

    Such a good book! Beautifully written with fascinating characters & location! This book is about four high school girls who live in Saudi Arabia.....need I say more? I was completely absorbed in this culture and the life that these young women live.....in many ways they are just li...

  • Regan Moore
    Jul 30, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...

    This was a fascinating read. You hear about what happens in the Middle East but you don?t really read about it. This book really puts it all into perspective how much freedom we have in the US. Women in Saudi Arabia can?t do much without a man present. Take into account Leena?s f...

    Do yourself a favor and check out this book. This is currently my favorite read of the year. ...

  • Bjorn Bringert
    Feb 21, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

  • Thaya Gnaneswaran
    Aug 11, 2018

    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 reckle...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of provid...

    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to ...

    When I started this book, I felt transported immediately to another world. Not on this earth. Not in this century. Looking at a nether living space through shattered glasses. Such was the eerily low keyed shock as page by page, the author unleavens a strange society in our 21st century...

    Public library copy. Very interesting story about girls living in Saudi Arabia and wanting more freedom than their government allows them. There is a lot of discussion about sex, so I am debating for middle school. Nothing... instructional, but still is quite a bit. ...

    ?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 st...

    "Sometimes I wondered how my government could be so blind. It had made alcohol illegal, and so people got drunk every night on sid they made at home in bathtubs or carried around in Rausch sparkling apple-juice bottles. Zina, or fornificiation, was illegal, and so the average person go...

    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 restric...

    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 comp...

    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 ...

    Rating: 5 Stars ????? Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!! This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to th...

    Amazing take of ingenuity and resilience in a life where every freedom and experience is overseen and controlled by men. Leena's will and intelligence let her survive a life that is filled with thorns and tribulations. It's a wonderful read and shes uses the culture and it's own religi...

    Excellent and absolutely turned a lot of my own conceptions upside down. Set in Saudi Arabia just after the Spring Uprisings in 2011. Leena and her best friend revel in small rebellions but the stakes are growing higher every day as the girls near graduation and the huge decisions that...

    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness. ...

    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 fre...

    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. ...

    A Saudi Arabian girl struggles to break free of the laws that limit young women in her country (and in her religion). Very educational and very feminist. I wish I had someone to discuss this with. ...

    This is a beautiful and incredible story about friendship and fighting for freedom. More thoughts to come later. ...

    This is a great book to read to get to know what is happening on the other side of the world in comparison to our westernized world, where most people take things for granted. You have enlightened us in regards to how Saudi Arabian women live their lives and how they depend on men even...