MARIAM SHARMA HITS THE ROAD
This is the road trip book of the summer. Karim pens a heartfelt narrative of three best friends sharing an adventure and finding themselves along the way. Karim does an amazing job approaching critical cultural and political topics such as sexuality in religion and Islamophobia in the south. Once you start reading, good luck stopping, because you won’t be able to put this down.
Mariam Sharma has finally finished her first year of college. She’s looking forward to relaxing with her best friends: gorgeous Ghazala and religious but closeted Umar. But her summer won’t be as relaxing as she thinks, because a scandalous photo of Ghazala appears on a billboard in Times Square and Ghaz’s parents are pissed. The friends decide to escape her parents’ wrath with a road trip to New Orleans. The drive south is an adventure as the girls encounter a Muslim convention and navigate menus in barbeque joints. However the trip is not all fun and games, as each girl has their own individual truth to face. (HARPERTEEN, Jun., 320 pp., $17.99, 12 & Up)