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Girls of Riyadh
by Rajaa Alsanea | Women's Fiction
Registered by J-sama of Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on 5/19/2011
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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5 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by J-sama from Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Thursday, May 19, 2011

7 out of 10

Gelesen für die BergABbau-Challenge im Mai 2011 mit dem Thema:
"Ja wo sa mer denn?"
Lies mindestens ein Buch, das diese Frage beantwortet, das also eine Ortsangabe im Titel trägt. Dabei ist es egal ob der Ort real existiert (z.B. Hawaii, Küche, New York...), eine Himmelsrichtung oder fiktiv (z.B. Himmel, Hölle, Nirvana...) ist.

About the book:
Gamrah’s faith in her new husband is not exactly returned …
Sadeem is a little too willing to please her fiancé …
Michelle is half-American and the wrong class for her boyfriend’s family …
While Lamees works hard with little time for love.

The girls of Riyadh are young, attractive and living by Saudi Arabia’s strict cultural traditions. Well, not quite. In-between sneaking out behind their parents’ backs, dating, shopping, watching American TV and having fun, they’re still trying to be good little Muslim girls. That is, pleasing their families and their men.

But can you be a twenty-first century girl and a Saudi girl?

My opinion:
Ok, I wish I had read this book before going to Egypt for 2x 6 month. Well Egypt is not exactly Saudi Arabia, but you learn a lot about how the male arabs mind is working. Now I finally know why they always pester you with their phone number... or as the first thing ask for yours.

The book as written as a series of emails, which I personally don't really like but nevertheless as a western reader you get a good glimps into the world of the privileged and rich girls. All of the girls belong to the so-called "velvet-class" which means insanely rich but not royal but still the liberties as a woman are very restricted. After reading the book I'm very happy that I'm not a Saudi Arabian girl - what is the use of a lot of money, if you cannot go out on your own, cannot choose who you want, or even drink coffee with whom you like.

 


Journal Entry 2 by J-sama at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Sachsen Germany on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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A new gues in the Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows Box 


Journal Entry 3 by suddenlyisee at Neukölln, Berlin Germany on Saturday, October 15, 2011

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aus der Box entnommen!

April 2012: hab kurz reingelesen, ist nicht so mein Geschmack... 


Journal Entry 4 by suddenlyisee at Neukölln, Berlin Germany on Monday, April 08, 2013

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wird als rabck der woche an trik verschickt. ich wünsche viel spaß damit! 


Journal Entry 5 by wingtrikwing at Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, April 15, 2013

8 out of 10

Book arrived savely today - thanks a lot, suddenlyisee!

16.06.2013
When I started reading I did not like the email-style of this book but it became familiar during the read and suits the story. Without knowing much about Arab life, religion and rules I cannot opine objectively, but I think this book might give a valuable insight view of women's life in one of the most strictly ruled Arab countries - definitely worth reading! 


Journal Entry 6 by wingtrikwing at Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Off it goes... little surpise! 


Journal Entry 7 by eggs2805 at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Sunday, June 30, 2013

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Received this book in the mail, as I'm the decoy for the "Authors from Unusual Countries" Sweepstake!!

Thank you Trik!!! I'm very much looking foward to reading this book as I have to admit I don't know a lot about Saudi Arabia or their culture. 


Journal Entry 8 by eggs2805 at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Saturday, October 12, 2013

7 out of 10

Once I got over the e-mail style of the written, which I found a bit annoying at first, I enjoyed this book.

Finished it in the train before passing it over to my mother. 


Journal Entry 9 by eggs2805 at to my mother, by hand -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, October 12, 2013

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Gave it to my mother who showed an interest in reading it.  


Journal Entry 10 by eggs2805 at Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Dorigny in Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (11/28/2013 UTC) at Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Dorigny in Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland

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Sur le muret à l’extérieur 


Journal Entry 11 by XOV-244192 at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Found outside the BCU library in Dorigny, I'll read it as soon as possible (it may take me quite some time since I'm just starting my exam period) 


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