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 choice as guardian of a fatherless woman), ultimately it's a story about friendship, family, and freedom that transcends cultural differences.

Title:Driving by Starlight
ISBN:9781250133427
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  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    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 activ...

  • Raja

    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 k...

  • Bjorn Bringert

    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 f...

  • Alicia Herrington

    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 purcha...

  • Lillian

    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 t...

  • Berkeley High School Library

    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 ...

  • Karina

    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 ...

  • Lupita

    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...

  • Erin Cogburn

    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...

  • Prita Sethuram

    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.Th...