Three Pakistani-American teenagers, on a trip through the land of pork ribs, mechanical bulls, and Confederate flags. It's going to be quite an adventure.The summer after her freshman year of 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 could be a better escape than a spontaneous road trip down to New Orleans?With the heartbreaking honesty of Julie Murphy's Dumplin' mixed with with the cultural growing pains and smart snark of When Dimple Met Rishi, this wry, remarkable road-trip story is about questioning where you come from&8212;and choosing the family that chooses you back.
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by Kristen Simmons
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by Corban Addison
by Gail Carson Levine
by Sarah Beth Durst
by A.V. Geiger
by Hena Khan
"Soneela Nankani narrates this weighty take on the classic road trip story. Mariam has just realized that her father's abandonment when she was 2 has left her with an intense fear of commitment. Nankani portrays her with an emotional resonance that is consistent with her introspective personality. Mariam's BFFs have distinct voices as well: Playful Ghaz sounds perpetually ready for a party, while Umar's hesitant voice hints at his fear of coming out to his devout Muslim family. On occasion, the story misses the mark with minor characters who are depicted as one-dimensional stereotypes. Nonetheless, it's profound at times, particularly in its portrayal of the complex emotions of a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. S.P. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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