Girls of Riyadh (Primary source)
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Four best friends Michelle, Gamrah, Sadeem and Lamees
are young girls trying to explore their lives in the city of Riyadh with
sharia law hovering over them all. Each individual has their own approach and encounters 'against the ideals of the islamic lawand tries to handle these situations with the best if their interests. We have Michelle who lives in Saudi but originally comes from America and falls in love with a boy named Firid. We have Gamrah who is a divorced and broken soul by a man named Rashid. We have Sadeem who has been heart broken but goes through yet another cycle of love with a 'perfect' soul mate named Firas after Waleed. And we have Lamees, who is courage's and very adventures with many boys from online, and in school. The four have almost an intertwining life style, because all four of them encounter similar thoughts and experience of love and boys, typical of what the so called sheltered lifestyle what most people ONLY imagine girls of Riyadh to be like. At the start of the book Gamrah is married right away to a man named Rashid. The wedding is everything Gamrah wants it to be and is really excited to live her life with Rashid and have a love story that she never had before. At the wedding Rashid seemed to be in perfect shape and seemed to be the perfect husband for Gamrah. However we saw a big twist to the so called happily ever marriage. Rashid declared that he never liked Gamrah and he was forced to marry her. Gamrah was heartbroken and still continues that heart broken feel even after Rashid and Gamrah got divorced because Gamrah was pregnant with Rashids baby. We find out that Rashid had another girl on his mind, Kari an Asian girl who works with Rashid. That was the main focus and reasoning behind their divorce. On the other hand, Gamrahs best friend Sadeem had her own love story with a boy named Waleed who seemed to be the perfect match for Sadeem only later to find out that he had divorced Sadeem for being to 'interacted' one night a few weeks before their marriage. Sadeem decided to head out to London after her devastation of Waleed but quickly and coincidentally found a 30 year old Firas. We see over a course of 3 and a half years that she is with him and they are in deep love with one another. However as Waleed had left her, Firas too suddenly was engaged to another girl. Sadeem had just been like shattered glass. She was in a state of depression because on top of Firas leaving her, her dad had passed away as well. She had no one at all but her friends and aunts/uncles, none of them who were as close as she was with her love of Firas. The books ends of with her about to get married to Tariq, her cousin. We go back to Michelle, she thought Firid was the perfect man, but he did not have to guts to encourage his mom to allow how him to marry her. Michelle also goes out to America after her sad end of her love story, she stays with in her dorm but mostly spends her time with her cousin Matti who at the end almost shows affection towards her, more than a cousin friendly relationship. Last but not least our courage Lamese falls in love with a boy named Ahmed at first, who is a shiite. Their love story was trashed when the sharia police found them talking. It was already wrong for a man and women to interact the way they were, but on top of that it was a sunni vs shiite issue. Lamese is the most successful with boys however, she ended up falling in love with Nazir who asked for her hand in marriage, and
she lived happily ever after. The novel continued to follow each of their lives and their ups and downs through an unknown author who wrote emails to the arabic populations, the story of the girls of Riyadh.