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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ms. Yingling

    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 ...

  • 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...

  • Jene

    “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 al...

  • Chelsea

    "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 a...

  • Laura Hanby

    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 pac...

  • 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 ...