Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah - ADVISABLE

Abdel-Fattah, Randa Ten Things I Hate About Me, 304 p. Orchard (Scholastic), January 2009.

Language - G


For years now, Jamilah has been able to hide the fact that she is Lebanese and Muslim from the students at her Aussie school. But "Jamie" is feeling a little bit lonely and a little confused about who she really wants to be. Between a popular boy who is taking notice of her and an anonymous online friend, Jamie is seriously conflicted. She wants her strict dad to trust her and she wants the world to accept her as herself. Now if she could just figure out who she is, she might be able to present herself to the world.

I really like Jamilah; she is a modern, fun and parent-respecting young lady who really is trying so very hard to be the best she can be. She makes mistakes with her friends and takes risks and she doesn't have a potty mouth, even during the hard, stressful times. If your students haven't read Abdel-Fattah's debut novel, Does My Head Look Big In This?, then you'd better order both books right away!

Cindy, Library-Teacher.

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