The Green Bicycle

Publishing House: Dial Books for Young Readers

Publication Year: 2015

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 346

“The Green Bicycle” by Haifaa al Mansour is a captivating Middle Eastern coming-of-age narrative reminiscent of “Year of the Dog” and “The Higher Power of Lucky”. With its spirited tone and engaging storyline, the novel offers a delightful reading experience.

Set in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the story centers on Wadjda, an eleven-year-old girl with a rebellious spirit. Her fervent desire to own a bicycle, despite societal norms forbidding girls from riding, drives the plot forward. Wadjda’s determination to challenge these conventions is both inspiring and thought-provoking.

Wadjda’s character shines through her entrepreneurial endeavors and resourcefulness. She ingeniously saves up for her dream bicycle by selling homemade items, showcasing her resilience in the face of adversity. However, when her scheme is discovered, Wadjda faces a pivotal decision: conform to societal expectations or risk her education. Yet, her unwavering resolve illustrates her determination to pursue her dreams at any cost.

Beyond its surface, “The Green Bicycle” explores themes of gender roles, conformity, and familial dynamics within a society undergoing transformation. It offers a nuanced portrayal of the shifting social landscape of the Middle East, where tradition and modernity intersect.

Al Mansour‘s writing is infused with wit and charm, capturing the essence of youthful defiance and the pursuit of dreams. It resonates with readers of all ages, reminding them of the importance of perseverance & the power of challenging societal norms.

“The Green Bicycle” is a compelling narrative that celebrates the indomitable spirit of young girls who dare to dream big and break barriers. It is a must-read for those who appreciate stories of personal triumph and cultural insight.

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