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.
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