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July 08, 2007

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susan

very good book and very eye opening as towhat women in Saudi Arabia face!

Gypsy Abide

I purchased this book today and finished it TODAY. Many applause for this book. I am of Lebanese decent and am always looking for explanations to various cultures. I can not explain the uplifting experience in reading this book. Amazing, truly amazing the courage it took to come about writing this and how inspirational it is. I look forward to many more reads from her.

Very Good book, I could NOT put it down. I read it in one day!

new muslim

I am new to islam, well not too knew, a few years, but can relate to this book and most of my friends have similar stories. I hope people see the honesty in the writing of these stories because many women and men marry and live the rest of their lives with people they don't truly love just because of society's expectations/norms which are not islamic, but human-made. I think if feeling love was so wrong, they why did Allah (swt) create that emotion? I think parents should allow their children to choose their own partner and that way kids can grow up in happy households. Society is built on families and if families are unhappy, it shows.

Zainab

I'm from South Africa and recently read your book, which was absolutely brilliant!, and I also found things that relate to my life. I live how you include the different facets of a girl's life( hadith, quraan, music, poetry) because that is exactly how i live. thank you for a wonderful book

another lebanese

Just finished reading (couldn't put it down after starting it yesterday!)! What an incredible story, so well written, so witty!

Great insight to life of young Saudi women!

Mary

Congratulations on great work!
I live in Europe and really like reading about life in the Middle East. I was pleased to find the book on this topic and it's really great. Having in mind all the social restrictions, fear of revealing herself to the public and the implications of it, Rajaa was so brave to step foward and say it outloud.
I read the book 2 days ago and have just read in the papers this morning about the first female rock band in Saudi Arabia "Accolade". Again I read about how girls and young women in the country are banned from performing live, going out without abayas etc.and I really simpathise with them.
I understand Saudio Arabia is a rich country where many young people go to university and travel the world and yet women are basicaly expected not to have right to their own life.
Go girls of Riyadh and fight for your freedom! All the best!

rami

hello i'm rami i will too contacteren

paola

Hi!
I'm from Italy.I read your book in 4 days in germany.strong topic to discuss about and very easy to read but very difficult to digest!
I wish good luck to you & to all saudi arabian woman and not.
Good luck to all we woman that still nowaday are persecuted from man's stupid mentality.
let's work all together to get us free from all this chains.

NAE

I admire you for writing such a controversal piece of art! Sometimes we forget that in the end we are all human,...with basic human needs. We need more Ara women willing to share what really happens in our "conservative" Arab/Middle-Eastern world.

veronica

wow this book was so amazing I had to stop everything to read it!

Estella Rain

I also share the thoughts written above. I forgot my homework and all the daily tasks just to return to your book. It is truly brilliant and you are amazingly brave and smart! I'm a muslim , but from totally different country and still I can recognize the dilemmas in girls' lives. However I am happy that we (our country) have passed this stage of live and achieve more respect and freedom, even though it is still difficult when it comes to marriage and dependence of traditions.
Anyway I loved your book and the way you rebel with all these old prejudices.
Many aplauds for you and I'm more than willing to read your other books!
Wish you good luck. You are strong and independent woman all shall look up to!

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