KARIM, Sheba. Mariam Sharma Hits the Highway. 320p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Jun. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062445735. POP
Gr 9 Up –The previous yr has introduced its share of woes for Mariam Sharma and her greatest mates, Ghaz and Umar. The treatment? A summer season street journey. After their freshman yr of school, Mariam, reeling from a latest breakup and looking for solutions about her absent father, and Ghaz, who leaves behind a household apoplectic about her foray into modeling, be a part of latest highschool grad Umar on his cross-country journey to New Orleans for the Islamic Affiliation of North America conference. Excessive jinks involving pot brownies, mechanical bulls, and karaoke ensue. Ghaz and Umar ooze drama, maintaining witheringly sarcastic, at instances raunchy commentary, whereas introspective Mariam takes all of it in. Nonetheless, like its characters, this breezy, irreverent romp has a deeply considerate aspect. Although dedicated to his faith, Umar contends with the information that there are Muslims who see him as a sinner as a result of he’s homosexual, whereas Ghaz expresses frustration with Islam and anger at her repressive household. Karim presents a nuanced perspective on the street journey novel, centering the experiences of three South Asian American teenagers who additionally encounter racism and Islamophobia on their journey of self-discovery. VERDICT This joyously exuberant story will converse to readers who take pleasure in a mix of barbed humor and poignant reflection. A wonderful selection for all YA cabinets. College Library Journal
This evaluate was revealed within the College Library Journal Could 2018 challenge.