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 all kinds of pit stops along the way--from a college drag party to a Muslim convention, from alarming encounters at roadside diners to honky-tonks and barbeque joints. Along with the adventures, the fun banter, and the gas station junk food, the friends have some hard questions to answer on the road. With her uncle's address in her pocket, Mariam hopes to learn the truth about her father (and to make sure she didn't inherit his talent for disappearing). But as each mile of the road trip brings them closer to their own truths, they know they can ...
|Title||:||Mariam Sharma Hits the Road|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
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Mariam Sharma Hits the Road Reviews
The writing leaves something to be desired, as do some of the choices made in the story...but that is easy to let go of when you consider this is a YA book about three brown teens on a road trip from New Jersey to New Orleans. All three are seeking some kind of closure in their lives and find it on the road. They also dig into racism, both that directed toward them and that they direct outward. The exploration of sexuality is more shallow than I'd like to have seen, but given this is really Mari ...more
I think this was a well-written book and I enjoyed it a lot. My only issue is that it is about prejudice, in this case against brown people, and yet I feel the characters in this book were very prejudiced against the American South in general. Sheba Karim does say that EVERYONE is prejudiced to a degree. Yet I felt this in particular was not in keeping with the theme of the book.
Many thoughts. Too lazy to type them.
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 so interested in this book. I was so excited for th ...more
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-minded about subjects with multiple shades of nuance: racism, ...more
this doesnt sound good but hello its pakistani and im here
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!!
Such a quick read as well as hella readable since I read it in like less than 12 hours
Mariam Sharma Hits the Road tackles a lot of important topics from Islamophobia to queer Muslims (one of three main characters being one) to different types of Muslims and more all in a road trip setting! I always love those. Other plus points are the friendship, zero romance, hilarious and heartwarming moments and yet some of the things felt too forced and not executed all that well. So I need to think about m ...more