Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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Randa Abdel-Fattah's new novel about about finding your place in life . . . and learning to accept yourself and your culture.

"At school I'm Aussie-blonde Jamie -- one of the crowd. At home I'm Muslim Jamilah -- driven mad by my Stone Age dad. I should win an Oscar for my acting skills. But I can't keep it up for much longer..."

Jamie just wants to fit in. She doesn't want to be seen as a stereotypical Muslim girl, so she does everything possible to hide that part of herself. Even if it means pushing her friends away because she's afraid to let them know her dad forbids her from hanging out with boys or that she secretly loves to play the darabuka (Arabic drums).
 

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RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH is the author of the YA novels Does My Head Look Big in This?, Ten Things I Hate About Me, and Where the Streets Had a Name. Her books are published around the world and she regularly gives talks and workshops at schools and writers' festivals. Randa lives in Sydney, Australia, where she works as a litigation lawyer and is also a human rights activist. www.randaabdelfattah.com
 
Published February 1, 2010 by Orchard Books. 306 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Longing to be respected for who she is, Jamilah knows “it takes guts to command that respect and deal with people’s judgments.” She recounts her travails in a chatty first-person, present-tense narration that’s punctuated by transcripts of her e-mail conversations with a boy she knows only as Joh...

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Teen Reads

Jamilah questions her father and her Arabic school teacher about the contradictions she sees within Muslim culture, and she certainly asserts her own will against her oppressive father's.

May 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Ten Things I Hate About Me

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I also liked the way that it was explained, that it wasn’t just “my religion/culture doesn’t let me date,” but rather about wanting to stop having to hide things about herself and to maintain a trusting relationship with her father (and I thought that part was articulated in a very respectful way...

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Youth Services Book Review

Australian tenth grader Jamilah Towfeek hides her Lebanese Muslim background to avoid some of her classmates’ prejudices about “ethnics.” Going by the name Jamie, she tints her hair blonde and hangs with the popular Caucasian kids.

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