Mariam Sharma Hits the Road
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 that the desi/Muslim community is "not like this". ...more
I am so conflicted on this one. I started reading a manuscript of this many moons ago and liked what I read, so wanted to find and read a finished copy. There is a lot of commentary in this book that is very important, but I also recognize that there are some flaws. Overall, I enjoyed the plot and think more people should pick it up and form their own opinion!
This is a story about a group of Pakistani-American teens who hit the road, headed from New Jersey to New Orleans. One is hiding from the fallout after she's featured on a Times Square billboard, one is looking for her absentee father, and one is deciding when and whether to come out. Their friendship was great and their adventures were both touching and hilarious.
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I 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 let's start with those!
It deals wi ...more
“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 on friendship in the story, and it’s what dre ...more
Packed with snappy dialogue, this classic road trip tale will make you very, very happy. One of my favorite reads of 2018, the plot is awesome, the characters are awesomer, the diversity is out of this world, and the dialogue will, simply, blow your mind. You have to read this book. Rating: five/five
For fans of: Sandhya Menon, Paper Towns by John Green, And We're Off by Dana Schwartz
- “If any of this ended in an explosion, I ho ...more
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
Things I liked -- I was in a reading slump when I picked this up, & the voice was good & bright & got me hooked quickly. It kept me reading, & I read it in about a day bc it had good momentum. I also really really liked that it was an #ownvoices story focusing on characters who had distinct voices. One of the MC ...more
i WILL pick this up again! I am determined to like it. I just, I've picked this up TWICE and each time get like 50 pages in and then forget about it?? idk why
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 in ourselves... and these are all good things to t...more
Mariam's father abandoned her family when she was only two years old. She's a ...more
Honestly, my favorite part of this was Mariam's wonderful mom and their relationship. It felt kind of like how some genre romance does the job of modeling really great communication and how to be in an adult relationship.
My stars are tentative, though, given with the grain of salt that some Muslim reviewers felt that this was really not positive Muslim representation and had an unpleasantly not-like-other-Muslims vibe. (Others disagreed.) I don't have t ...more
I'm sure this story is probably very polarizing. Sheba Karim doesn't shy away from hard topics or the struggle Mariam and her friends and trying to overcome.
There were so many moments I could relate to - being Indian, not being connected to my culture or either religion the rest of my family practices, the racial micro aggression and blatant all out racism as well as the UNEASE they experience ...more
My second young adult novel, That Thing We Call a Heart https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2..., is out in May 2017 from HarperTeen. It fe ...more