Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

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Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faiza Guene, Hachette Litteratures

He thought I'd forged my mom's name on the slip. How stupid is that? On this thing Mom just made a kind of squiggly shape on the page. That jerk didn't even think about what he was saying, didn't even ask himself why her signature might be weird. He's one of those people who think illiteracy is like AIDS. It only exists in Africa.
--from Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

 "A tale for anyone who has ever lived outside looking in, especially from that alien country called adolescence. A funny, heartfelt story from a wise guy who happens to be a girl. If you've ever fallen in love, if you've ever had your heart broken, this story is your story." -- Sandra Cisneros, author of THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET 

The Paradise projects are only a few metro stops from Paris, but here it's a whole different kind of France. Doria's father, the Beard, has headed back to their hometown in Morocco, leaving her and her mom to cope with their mektoub—their destiny—alone. They have a little help-- from a social worker sent by the city, a psychiatrist sent by the school, and a thug friend who recites Rimbaud.

It seems like fate’s dealt them an impossible hand, but Doria might still make a new life. She'll prove the projects aren't only about rap, soccer, and religious tension. She’ll take the Arabic word kif-kif (same old, same old) and mix it up with the French verb kiffer (to really like something). Now she has a whole new motto: KIFFE KIFFE TOMORROW.

"Moving and irreverent, sad and funny, full of rage and intelligence. [Guène's] characters are unforgettable, her voice fresh, and her book a delight." -- Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

Faïza Guène, the child of Algerian immigrants, grew up in the public housing projects of Pantin, outside Paris. This is her first book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156030489
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/03/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 386,373
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

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This is her first book.

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Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dania Najmi More than 1 year ago
An easy and quick read. Insightful, humorous, and smart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to ANYONE ELSE! This is one of the best books since Stargirl...Get a hold of it now! It includes real life situations and deep morals. You have to think...and it is not boring. It is engaging and interesting. I thoughtfully enjoyed it because it was recommended for me by my middle school teacher. I love it. The girl is funny and learns lessons that YOU should learn someday because they are IMPORTANT. Live the book Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. READ READ READ! I loved it, and so will you! I cried....
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book starts out ok but it gets boring and the second half is difficult to get through. I skimmed the end. Could have been much better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 15-year old son and I both loved it. It's a slice of life in another city, for a 15 year old in very different circumstances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One word: BORING. It didn't keep me interested. Most of the little jokes you couldn't even get because it's probably from France. I could have stopped halfway through and it wouldn't have mattered. Don't waste your time.