Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim

Mariam Sharma Hits the Road

The summer after her freshman year in college, Mariam is looking forward to working and hanging out with her best friends: irrepressible and beautiful Ghazala and religious but closeted Umar. But when a scandalous photo of Ghaz appears on a billboard in Times Square, Mariam and Umar come up with a plan to rescue her from her furious parents. And what better escape than New Orleans?The friends pile into Umar's car and start driving south, making a...

Details Mariam Sharma Hits the Road

TitleMariam Sharma Hits the Road
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Mariam Sharma Hits the Road

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This is such a beautiful story on so many levels. It's a fun summer contemporary but the complex, lovable characters are what really made it stand out for me. Mariam goes on a road trip to New Orleans with her 2 friends to escape the scandal of one of them in an American Apparel-type underwear billboard in Times Square. The diverse life experiences of the 3 college students and their honest discussions about faith, family, racism, and trying to f...
  • Rushda
    I thought Sheba Karim would have to work really hard for me to dislike this book more than I disliked That Thing We Call a Heart but wow! She really put in her 110%! I am not going to declare to the world every label I ascribe to, but I fall in to many of the 'categories' this book tries to place people in - and 'Muslim' is one of them. And as one, THIS BOOK IS NOT POSITIVE MUSLIM REPRESENTATION!I would not say this book is not realistic or t...
  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    Many thoughts. Too lazy to type them.
  • ♕ mali
    i was very excited for this but it was underwhelming and uncomfortable at some parts especially when it came to omar's sexuality...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at MidnightI assumed I would love this one, based on the fact that I will never, ever turn down reading a road trip book. Especially when best friends come together to help one of their other friends, so this one sold me from the synopsis. Unfortunately, it didn't end up being as epic as I'd hoped. But alas, there were some definite high points, so ...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “You’re thinking about it the wrong way. Maybe you don’t have to fit in with them, maybe you have to make space for yourself.” I just wanted to love this so much and ended up not really liking it much and I feel kinda sad about it. Miriam Sharma Hits the Road follows Miriam and her two closest friends, Umar and Ghaz, as they roadtrip to New Orleans and discover more about themselves in the process. Things I Liked I really loved the focus...
  • Donalyn
    I really enjoyed this friendship/roadtrip story. Underage drinking, pot brownies, and descriptions of sex, so I’d say meant for HS readers.
  • Abeer Hoque
    Longer review to come, but I loved this smart, political, dramatic, and sweet story of three Muslim American teens on a road trip from New York to New Orleans.
  • Sarah
    I was so excited to read this because hey, Pakistani American Muslims, like me! HOWEVER!!!!! This book is NOT positive desi Muslim representation. Desis and practicing Muslims are constantly put in a bad light. Every practicing Muslim except for one of the main characters Umar, a gay Muslim boy, is portrayed as either homophobic or racist or both. And while these are real problems in the Muslim community i didn’t think it was fair on Sheba Kari...
  • Jennifer
    A fun road-trip story that also includes some opportunities to discuss heavier things like emotional trauma, bias/prejudice, and identity. There were a few cringey moments in the book (mostly jabs that are intended as humor), but overall, I really enjoyed the story of Mariam and her two friends, Ghaz and Umar. I appreciate how well the teens respect each other's needs - sometimes they give each other space, but other times, they force each other ...
  • Summer
    This is pretty great on all fronts. Three Pakistani-American teens face challenges in their communities and the larger world including religion, cultural expectations, what it means to be brown and Muslim in the United States, and just plain becoming an adult and what it feels like to be separating from your parents and community as you grow up. Well rounded characters, authentic dialog that strays into edification but in a good way, a realistic ...
  • Andrew
    I was so excited for this book, and I wish I enjoyed it more... it wasn't that I disliked it, necessarily, than just kind of tired at some parts. A lot of the dialogue and thought between the main characters just kind of felt like the rants we have in our head and/or articles we read about cultural politics today; comparisons of privilege, who's better off than the other, here's all the ways we're discriminated against for being gay or confident ...
  • Raven Andrus
    3.5. Really sweet book that deals with serious issues in a great way that's easily accessible. Love the diversity and the road trip aspect. So excited for more people to read this!!
  • Cheyenne Teska
    Mariam, Umar, and Ghaz are three teens who have been emotionally damaged and scarred by their parents in very different ways. Each of them, finding friendship and loyalty in each other, decide to go on a spontaneous road trip. Along the way- like any good road trip story- the characters find themselves and come to realize that what they've got and who they are is better than what they've been chasing their entire lives.Mariam's father abandoned h...
  • Shelly
    This took me a while to get to (not through any fault of the book, but it's just my own laziness) but I really enjoyed it. It's a fast-paced read that focuses on three friends who all road trip to New Orleans together, each with a different thing to work through. It was both funny at times but also very serious. Mariam Sharma Hits the Road definitely has a little bit of something for everyone.
  • USOM
    More like 3.5 from me(I want to preface this by saying I am not represented in this book and so I cannot speak to the accuracy of the representation here. I realize I don't say this every review where it's the case and I'm trying to be better about it. While I can read things like Chinese American adoption and some other smaller intersectionalities, that's also a myriad of different experiences there as well. Just saying).Anyway so I want to list...
  • Samantha Buyungo
    A fairly entertaining novel about adventure, surprises, and finding yourself. I loved how this book addressed current issues like Islamophobia and sexuality in the context of religion, however, I felt that while the message was important, the plot was a little lacking. I felt that throughout the book, partying and drinking was the sole focus and that the deeper messages came near the end of the novel.
  • Monika
    I received an ARC of this book from HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Mariam Sharma Hits the Road is not your typical romance road trip where you travel the world with your loved one. It's not even a romance book at all. The story focuses on three best friends in their teens - Mariam, Ghaz and Umar who all have their own problems and go on a road trip which takes place most of the book. The road trip. The reason I got s...
  • Brooke Banks
    I don't quite know what to say or how to rate this one. I hooked me right away and kept me going, even with some bumps and frustrations along the way. Unique setup & character drama, never seen before in YA, esp. road trips. But some problematic shit, with Umar being stereotypical, making fatphobic comments, and there's no really GOOD muslim characters. I did like the conversation around Ghaz's billboard picture though and thought the discussion ...
  • Isabelle
    For some reason I didn’t get as strong of a road trip vibe as I would’ve liked — more touristy, exploration of identity, a lot of overt discourse on social issues. (Major props for addressing intersectionality, though that exact term is never actually used!) That said, overall it was an enjoyable read with a few key issues. I don’t like to label things as too PC or SJW-y, but I think this novel is a little too heavy-handed and binary-mind...
  • Olivia
    Well, that was a bit problematic! This for sure has elements that I enjoyed, but wow! Some of the things in here are just...hypocritical, offensive, unnecessary. Everyone in life is problematic, often times without realizing and meaning it. As that is realistic, I'm okay when a character does or says something problematic so long as they grow; or, if they don't, it's for a plot/overall message related reason. The characters in here did not grow. ...
  • Leah Moore
    Choppy and too many teen philosophical conversations. They discuss life the universe, religion, america, human rights, privilege - they are just so woke, it's painful.At the same time they admit their racism, they do nothing to change themselves... they think seeing it in themselves is enough. Also, they eat Sooo much, and every restaurant they go to has awful people who make the trio "scared" with their comments and glances. Like, do we really f...
  • ReenieT1721
    The short version of how I feel about the book and my review told through emojis: 😶😐😕😯😑😐😐😐😐🤷🤷🤷😑The long version of how I feel about the book and my review told through actual words:Mariam Sharma Hits the Road is one of those books that were good but not very memorable. There are several clichés [finding the father that bailed on single mother and children but turns out to be a d***, gay best friend, extrove...
  • Stephanie
    I think that for some readers, this book will be just what they need. For me personally, it was an adventure that didn't quite work. the characters didn't really come alive the way they really could have, and there felt like a lot more telling than showing, and as a result it wasn't as strong as it could have been. I really didn't love the way the gay best friend storyline was handled, it felt incredibly superficial. that said: there were some go...
  • Teresa
    Sheba Karim has written a wonderful, coming of age (sorta) novel that had me rooting for the happiness of all of the characters!Ghaz wants to be loved, and accepted, by her parents.Umar wants to live his authentic life without fear.Mariam wants to learn the truth about her father that abandoned her family years ago. Together these three will set off on a road trip to the south; with three Pakistani-American friends hitting the road what can go wr...
  • Danielle
    This is a fun summer romp. Seriously, this is everything you'd expect to find in a YA road trip book, and it has the added bonus of presenting three very different Muslim teens. We discuss this book on episode 17 of the YA Café Podcast.I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.