Review: Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea


Book Information:

Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
The Penguin Press
Published in 2007
ISBN 9781594201219
286 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.


2 out of 5

Sending anonymous yahoo group mass e-mails, a Saudi Arabain woman tells a story of her four friends and how they are trying to survive their country’s ways on how women should behave.

This book wasn’t my cup of tea, but I read it so I can find out if I would like the ending. :P Anyways, you would like this kind of book, if you’re into “girl power”/ “love sucks, but I’ll hang in there” type of books.

What I liked: The cultural information, some parts of the romance — which is not much, and the way it was written — yahoo group e-mails — which is kind of original.

What I didn’t like: It had information about love that should be obvious, but no woman wants to really know. It had the boringly common themes about love lives and how women go at lengths for love, but the cultural point of view was nice. However, the falling in love theme and problems in the book are common pretty much everywhere. Also, there were too many point of view changes — it played any-miney-money-moe with who told what part of story.

Well, if you like those types of books — where they talk and give pity parties about love lives (bleh!) :(

This book didn’t have that many of my interests, but the culture parts were pretty the only things that were interesting to me. Also, I added the smut tag because it talks about sex — a lot. ^^

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:



Re-read later on.

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