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

  • Nicole
    Jun 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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  • 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Bethany Miller
    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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  • Fran
    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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  • Melanie
    Jun 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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  • 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...

    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. ...

  • Jennifer Hallett
    Mar 08, 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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  • Monique Bower
    May 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    Haven?t read it yet. But it sounds interesting!! ...

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  • 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Sara
    Jul 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    Haven?t read it yet. But it sounds interesting!! ...

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  • 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

  • Christine Badenhop
    May 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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  • Natalie
    Jun 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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  • Kerry
    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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  • Bethany
    May 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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  • Katie
    Jul 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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  • Barbara Eaton
    Jun 19, 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    Haven?t read it yet. But it sounds interesting!! ...

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  • 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Dinah
    Jun 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    Haven?t read it yet. But it sounds interesting!! ...