Thursday, August 06, 2009

Ten Things I Hate About Me (book review)

Ten Things I Hate About Me
, by Randa Abdel-Fattah, is the story of a girl desperately trying to fit in at school and struggling to come to terms with her cultural heritage. At school, she's Jamie, the cool girl who flirts with the most popular boy in her grade. At home, she's Jamilah, the Muslim girl who speaks Arabic and plays the darabuka drums. No one at school knows about her Lebanese-Muslim heritage. But she feels like she can't keep it up much longer. How can she become both Jamie and Jamilah? In the end, she decides to just be herself...and makes some true friends along the way.

I really enjoyed this book. Jamie/Jamilah was a funny, spunky heroine, and I enjoyed reading about her life at school and at home. I also thought it was interesting to learn about her culture and traditions. It was a great novel that went very quickly, and I would prepare to read it in one sitting if I were you.

This book is for the Random Reading Challenge.


Nymeth said...

Oh, this sounds great! Randa Abdel-Fattah's first book, Does my head look big in this?, has been on my wishlist for a while. I really need to read her sometime!

PS: Your mom was telling me you met Svetlana Chmakova - lucky you :D

Debi said...

She was really nice--we had to wait about an hour in line, but it was worth it :)


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