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Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah

May 1st, 2011 (09:50 am)

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Current Song: The Whole Nine Yards score music

Are your parents uber strict? Jamie's father is, so she never, ever has her friends come over to her house, and she rarely gets the chance to go out with them after school. Her dad changed when her mom died, writing up a charter of curfew rights for Jamie and telling her all sorts of things she can and can't do. Meanwhile, he lets her older brother Bilal do whatever she want because he's a boy, and Jamie's sick of the double standard. She'd like to confide in her older sister, but Shereen is heavily involved in intellectual pursuits and protests at college.

Her father's charter isn't the only reason Jamie won't invite her friends over. You see, at school, they don't all know her heritage. They don't know that she's Muslim. They don't know she's the drummer in an Arabic band. They don't know her real name is Jamilah, or that she dyes her hair blond and wears blue contacts sometimes. She squirms when the jerks in her class say hateful or ignorant things. Jamie just wants to fit in, but when her patience and her faith are tested, will she stand up for herself, her culture, and her family, or will she keep biting her tongue?

Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah is realistic, enjoyable, and thoughtful. I strongly urge people to pick up this book, as well as her previous novel, Does My Head Look Big in This? Abdel-Fattah's books will give you a new appreciation for other cultures as well as your own.

Are you a different person at home than you are at school or work? Leave a comment below to let me know.


Posted by: Sarah Stevenson (aquafortis)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)

I really enjoyed both of her books. It was interesting to get an Australian perspective on growing up multicultural. I definitely would have related to Jamie in some ways when I was growing up (and not just because my middle name is Jamila! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)

Thanks for commenting! :)

I have been looking/waiting for Where The Streets Had a Name, and I just checked her site and learned that she has two 2011 releases: The Friendship Matchmaker and Noah's Law.

Posted by: Jeannine Garsee (onegrapeshy)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)

This one is right up my alley and an absolute must-read. Thank you!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)

Thanks for commenting! :)

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