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Ten Things I Hate About Me

Ten Things I Hate About Me

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by Randa Abdel-Fattah
     
 

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

"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

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

"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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Children's Literature - Kristen Catania
Jamilah has two lives: at home she embraces her Arabic Muslim culture, but at school she is Jamie, a modern all-Aussie girl. During a time when racism is prevalent in Sydney, she chooses to hide her ethnicity from her friends rather than admit that she is different and risk being mocked by the "cool" classmates. Most of the book is written in emails between Jamilah and an online friend. Through their correspondence, her personality and her struggle to become comfortable with who she really is both shine through. The book's format also makes the novel easier to read and more accessible to younger audiences, who often communicate with each other through social media. The plot offers a great example of conflicts teenagers all over the world face, making Jamilah a character with which the readers can easily identify. Within a classroom setting, this book could help promote unity and acceptance of diversity among students since it shows people rising above the social stigma associated with ethnic stereotypes and diverse cultures. The direct, first-person narrative affords readers complete insight into Jamilah's thoughts, and Abdel-Fattah uses fairly simple language, peppered by modern slang and sarcasm, to convey the contemporary realism of the situation. Reviewer: Kristen Catania

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545050555
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author


Randa Abdel-Fattah is an attorney, a writer, a chocoholic, and an active member in the interfaith community, as well as the campaign for Palestinian human rights. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS? and TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT ME, both published by Orchard Books. She is also the author of the forthcoming middle-grade novel, WHERE THE STREETS HAD A NAME, published by Scholastic Press. Ms. Abdel-Fattah lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and their children.

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Ten Things I Hate about Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book and its amazing! I couldn't put it down, its a must-read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
After the sudden death of her mother years ago, Jamilah and her older brother and sister have been raised by their conservative Lebanese-Muslim father. Being the youngest is not easy, since her older sister, Shereen, is forever finding ways to irritate their father, and her brother, Bilal, is a constant disappointment. It's no wonder that Jamilah has begun to live a double life - one at home and another at school.

She has dyed her dark hair blonde and wears contacts to hide her dark eyes. At home she is Lebanese-Muslim, but at school everyone thinks she is just a normal Sydney-born Australian like the majority of the students in the tenth grade.

Unfortunately, things aren't going very well.

Jamilah loves her heritage - the music, the religious beliefs, the food, and the family, but she hates the rules that go along with all she loves. Her father believes in a strict curfew that requires her to be home by sunset. She dreams of having a boyfriend and going on a date, but that's totally out of the question. As a result, Jamilah finds herself trying to balance both lives. Her friends see one side of her and her family sees the other.

While at school, Jamilah observes members of the popular crowd viciously taunting any students from different ethnic backgrounds. To keep her own secret, she shamefully watches silently, afraid the cruelty could be directed towards her if she speaks up to defend the others. With her double life threating to crumble around her, she attempts to convince her domineering father that she needs more freedom than he is willing to allow.

TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT ME gives readers a glimpse into the Lebanese-Muslim culture and at the same time demonstrates that the true and honest path is not always the easiest to travel, but perhaps the most satisfying in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down!I read this book in a span of 2 days and it was amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a interesting novel about a Lebanese-Muslim girl Named Jamilah. Even though she is Lebanese-Muslim she pretends to be an Aussie at school because she thinks if people found out she was Lebanese they would make fun of her.Her father is really strict and doesn't let her go out to party's or to friends house unless its for school work. This really makes Jamilah mad and worried that people might think she is weird because her father wont let her go out. For Jamilah's school formal she asks her dad if she can go and he says no. So she gets mad she cant go and tries to find the way to explain to her father that nothing bad is going to happen to her. Miss Sajada is Jamila's Madrasa teacher (Lebanese-Muslim school) and she is going to get married to Jamilahs father. So Miss Sajada also tries to convince her father to let her go. jamlahs brother says he can take her to the formal and watch out for her, so he lets her go. When she is at the formal she wants to play in the band that her friends from Madrasa are playing in butt she is scared of what people might say. But her friend Amy and Timothy convince her to play and that people cant judge her just for who she is and from where she comes. So she plays and it turns out that nobody cares that she is Lebanese-Muslim, they treat her the same way they treated her before. Jamilah feels good about herself and about who she is. This is why i would recommend this book to a friend because it is letting you know that no matter who you are or where you come from people cant judge u and you just have to be yourself.
Maddie Neils More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because it is so true and that makes it inspiring. You really get to know the characters well and you feel like you know them.
livida More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a matter of two days... it's true that once you start to read it, you don't want to put it down. I say overall it's a good read, but it can be a little too predictable at times. I found myself laughing at the book too. Very unique humor. I found myself connecting to the book too. The only problem is that it's set in Australia and at times I don't understand it.
ILoveToReadTS More than 1 year ago
i read this book in two days. I promise you that this book is absolutely great. It captures your attention from the first page of the book, down to the very last. This is a MUST read for anybody who loves a story of a real girl with real problems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really I like it
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I luv this book cuz ivcan relate to it:- Im muslim too but u dont have to be in order to enjoy it
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Sophia Maya More than 1 year ago
Im just buyimg it now looking forward to reading it!
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Bobby Jackson More than 1 year ago
love it
Ankita65 More than 1 year ago
Ten Things I Hate Abut Me was a terrific book I had an awesome time reading it. I would recommend this book because it shows readers to always take the right path because the path you choose is the path that will inspire and take you to a great future. What i like about this book so much is that the book is about a real life issue so i can connect it in many ways to my life. The author did a great job on writing this book it must of taken a lot of effort to write this great and magnificent book .The author has also written a book called Dose My Head Look Big In This. I read many good reviews about the book and it seems really interesting also my friend who had read this book told me it was pretty much the same as Ten Things I Hate About Me. The book was about the same character from Ten Things I Hate About Me. She wouldn't tell me the rest of the story because she wanted me to read it. I had a great time reading Ten Things I Hate About Me. This is a MUST read for anybody who loves a story of a real girl with real problems.
Yasas10 More than 1 year ago
When I read the synoposis of this book, my first reaction was that I'd probably hate this book. I hate reading about cultures and real-life issues. I like books such as Pretty Little Liars, Audrey, Wait!, The Clique... the unrealistic stereotype teen books. But this book was amazing! I couldn't get the first chapter, and some phrases and words I came across were foreign to me, but I still understood and loved this book! I especially loved the online boy, and when I found out who he was I was absolutely thrilled that it turned out to be that person! This book is one of a kind. As much as I hate real-life stories, this book will be my top favourite.
ANKU More than 1 year ago
Ten Things I Hate Abut Me was a terrific book i had an awsome time reading it. I would recommend this book becouse this book teaches you to always take the write path becouse the path you will take you it will be your future and also this book tells peaple about Lebanese-Muslim. My favortie part of this book was when Mustafa, Samira and Hasan wrote a rap the rap was really good and funny. The author did a great job on write this book it must of tooken alot of effort to write this great and terrifc book.the author has also writen a book called Dose My Head Look Big In This. I read a alot of good reviews about the book and it seem's really interesting also my friend who had read this book told me it was preety much the same as Ten Things I Hate About Me. The book was about the same character from Ten Things I Hate About Me. I hope you read this book it was a great book.
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