Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine

Driving by Starlight

Sixteen-year-olds Leena and Mishie are best friends. They delight in small rebellions against the Saudi cultural police—secret Western clothing, forbidden music, flirtations. But Leena wants college, independence—she wants a different life. Though her story is specific to her world (a world where it's illegal for women to drive, where a ten-year-old boy is the natural choice as guardian of a fatherless woman), ultimately it's a story about fr...

Details Driving by Starlight

TitleDriving by Starlight
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherGodwin Books/Henry Holt and Company
GenreYoung Adult, Family

Reviews Driving by Starlight

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Leena is about to graduate high school...an exciting time for most girls, but Leena lives in Ridyah, Saudi Arabia, where women live lives dominated by and segregated from men. With her political activist father in jail, her mother struggling to keep them fed, and her best friend recklessly breaking all the rules, Leena has enough on her plate thinking about now instead of a future comprised of either fleeing the country to freedom, going to unive...
  • Bjorn Bringert
    I read Driving by Starlight as a description of a theocratic and patriarchal dystopia, along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, with the difference that it describes a current reality. I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look into a life experience that was totally unfamiliar to me. And I'm not even in the Young Adult target market.Disclaimer: I know the author and I read an advance copy of the book.
  • Alicia Herrington
    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.A fascinating first person story about the life of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia.Librarian: Yes, I'll recommend It for purchase. In the school library community we talk a lot about the importance of providing students with books that allow them to spend time inside the thoughts and experiences of someone from another culture, To that end we see lots of books about minority...
  • Lillian
    Actual rating 4.3 I learned so much from this book. Written beautifully with incredibly rich world building and cultural immersion this is a truly amazing novel. When reading this book the idea that this is some type of fiction where we live in a society that controls women so completely is terrifying. I had to keep reminding myself over and over again that this is real, this is an actual country, and this is based on how women really live their ...
  • Berkeley High School Library
    Leena and Mishael have been friends forever. They've also grown up rebelling against the laws of Saudi Arabia (particularly against females). Now, as seniors, their futures as women are closing in on them, the restrictions imposed on them are suffocating. Each, in their own way, tries to deal with the many roadblocks that threaten their friendship, their families and the other girls in their school.Despite the specific challenges that they encoun...
  • Karina
    Rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★ Driving By Starlight was such a powerful and moving story! Highly recommend this book, its phenomenal!!This novel follows Leena, Mishail, & her friends in Saudi Arabia as they rebel + fight for their own futures!! There's just so much to this incredible story from friendship, family, love, and forging your own path, this novel has easily become one of my all-time favorites!!
  • Erin Cogburn
    This is a beautifully written story that offers an incredible and heartbreaking view into the lives of women on the other side of the world. It is the story of friendship in the midst of struggle, and of the power of hope to conquer darkness.