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 rely on each other, and laughter, to get them through....
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Mariam Sharma Hits the Road Reviews
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 feel that every mom n pop eatery in the south will ...more
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
i was very excited for this but it was underwhelming and uncomfortable at some parts especially when it came to omar's sexuality...
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.
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
Who can resist a road trip book (not me!)
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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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 portrayal of the range of adults in these kids' li ...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 drew me to th ...more