Does this book look serious to you? No it does not, and that's how it goes right for your jugular with its talons and shows us anyone who stays silent when someone is being bullied for their identity is complicit in the related -ism racism, ableism, etc. So no, you're not in for something cute with a swoony romance. There's not really a romance at all. You're in for a modern-day take on the inner and outer struggles of someone who works hard to pass as white, racism and what makes someone complicit in it, and learning to respect your own culture while living in another.
Jamilah went to all sorts of lengths to get what she wanted--dying her hair blonde in sixth grade and going by Jamie instead of her full name--and now she's on just the right spot on the popularity ladder to have friends and be generally invisible, but it came at the cost of the pain she feels every time popular boy Peter is racist which is often and stays silent. None of the other Aussie YA books that have come across the pond to the US have even mentioned racial relations, which are as difficult there as everywhere else on the planet.
You understand why Jamie works so hard to hide that she's a Lebanese Muslim and hurt for her because she felt she needed to do that. When Peter opens his yap, you understand exactly why she felt it was necessary. I do, however, wonder how she pulled off the ruse. I guess none of her friends ever heard her full name, which is ethnic enough the more racist people would question her about it, because she'd interrupt teachers and substitutes while they called role and say her name was Jamie.
An explanation of that would have been nice, and if anyone had been in school with her prior to sixth grade, they might have remembered things and thrown a wrench in her plans. It's handwaved in usual "just go with it" style.
Essentially, the novel has two major subplots: Jamilah learning to shrug off her internalized self-hatred and her evolving relationship with her strict-Muslim-father-headed family. Like a number of girls would and do, she chafes under his rules that she can't go out alone or hang with boys because it would sully her honor, she's jealous of her brother's freedom, and she's embarrassed by her sister's open activism and how she sports the hijab. Many of these conflicts are rooted in Lebanese Muslim culture, but they will still cross cultural borders and speak to readers of all kinds.
Islam and her family's beliefs aren't presented as Better Than or Worse Than either; they simple Are and have strengths and flaws just like any other set of cultural beliefs. The Southern Baptist family I grew up in didn't forbid me from hanging out with boys, but I couldn't walk the same yards by myself at night at age 16 when my brother could at No religion wins in the "who treats women better?
So I feel Jamilah on her father limiting what she can do just because she's a girl. But remember, this novel won't let you pretend you're not part of the problem just because you aren't actively racist. It makes sure you know silence is consent, complicity, wrong.
I have no better way to say it than this quote does: "We buy tickets as audience members only. We never volunteer for the show itself. I know that's not an excuse. In fact, maybe we're worse. Go find a copy somewhere. You need this book. Also go watch both the movie and television series for 10 Things I Hate About You, which is referenced in the title, because regardless of sexual orientation, we'll all swoon over Heath Ledger serenading Julia Stiles.
Lauren Stoolfire. I appreciated that she sounds just like a regular fifteen year old. I'm not from Australia and I'm not that familiar with the situations that are covered here, so I'm sure I missed some of the nuances. Jennifer Wardrip. Author 5 books followers.
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. There's just something about contemporary books that I find boring, especially when compared to fantasy. So yes, this did bore me I found myself not caring enough about the story and characters to want to keep reading.
But I pushed myself to finish it, and I'm glad to say that the last few chapters were more interesting than the rest. I wasn't expecting to love it when I picked it up though, and my feelings are still the same as my expectations before I read it. Jamilah has never exposed her Lebanese and Muslim heritage to her classmates at school in fear of ridicule. However, due to certain events in tenth grade, she's constantly thinking about this matter and worrying about it.
Especially when she meets guys in school and online who encourage her to be true to herself. She feels oppressed by her widower father who is extremely strict. The book is about Jamilah's journey to accept herself in all places.
The majority of the characters I either felt ambiguous to or disliked them. Only a select few I liked, including Timothy and Amy. There were several times when I didn't even like Jamilah for her being meek and selfish. She improved a lot by the end, and her weak traits were probably done on purpose, but I still didn't enjoy reading it.
Timothy was a great person, and I wish he was in the book more often, but seeing that it's mostly centered around Jamilah's life, Timothy took a back seat. In fact, I wish there were more details in general about everything. See, as I mentioned before, the main problem I had was that I couldn't bring myself to care much about the book.
I was bored and it didn't spark my interest. I really don't have much against it, and I agree that it has a very good theme. So do I recommend it? Not really, because it was boring for me. But if you're specifically looking for a self-acceptance novel with non-Caucasian involved problems, then you should consider this book. Robin Duple. This was a quick read -- relatively light YA fare.
Although it deals with issues of identity because of the way that Jamilah hides her Lebanese-Muslim heritage from everyone at school including standing by while other immigrants are mocked by the most popular guy in high school , the novel never gets terribly serious. An interesting writing device is employed in various chapters of the story, wherein the action and character development is portrayed via an ongoing conversation in the form of an email exchange between Jamilah and "John," an anonymous new friend that she met in a chat room, although he says he is also a high school student somewhere in the city Sydney.
Funny and heartwarming, this book was entertaining and likeable, although it was not as memorable or masterfully crafted as some other things that I have read in recent memory. I read it on vacation while I listened to my husband and his best friend hold an electronic music jam session in the background, and it was great for that purpose.
Jamilah might hate several things about herself, but only one keeps getting brought up. Not fitting in is like leprosy at adolescence. No one wants you on their team. And the nasty daily comments can push any teen into a huge depression. So she bleaches her hair, puts on blue contacts and changes her name to Jamie. And no one "notices. What truly bothered her was the relationship with her dad.
His overprotective parenting drove her and her siblings crazy. And she associated that with him being Muslim: no girls should go out unchaperoned, girls must be home before sunset More than character growth, we get to see bonding and how communication is key.
Haidy Abouelnasr. I absolutely LOVE this book. I love jamilah and shereen and timothy and bilal and amy and ahhh I've never related this badly to any book before. Everyone read this. Abdel-Fattah, Randa. I found the perspective interesting--a Muslim teen girl who feels caught between cultures: wanting to be true to her faith and family but also wanting to fit in with the popular, beautiful people.
We've got a narrator caught between two identies: Jamie and Jamilah. At home, she's proud to be Lebanese and Muslim. At school, she wants to blend in with everyone else. She wears colored contacts and dyes her hair blond. She doesn't want to be seen as ethnic.
She doesn't want to be seen with the nerds either. Which is why she goes along with the 'in' crowd even when it makes her cringe. She's so caught up in being on the fringest of the fringes of the 'cool' people, that she doesn't ever risk being herself, having a voice, taking a stand. She's so completely different from Timothy--a nerd who shows no reaction to the endless teasing he receives. He's himself no matter what, come what may. But being two different people is time consuming and exhausting.
Which is why it is so refreshing when she begins to consider--for the first time ever--being herself. What brings about this change? A group of email exchanges with a stranger. So the novel is broken into three sections in a way. Her school identity, Jamie; her home identity, Jamilah; and her online identity. I found the school sections hard to stomach because I think they reveal her uncomfortableness and awkwardness all too well. Use exclamation makrs and highlighter pens on all my sentences.
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I found it interesting and entertaining. Both are about Australian teenage girls who struggle with being both Australian and Muslim, both have very likable and amusing protagonists, both have extremely predictable plots the old "I'm confused about who I am Sometimes it felt like Abdel-Fattah was hitting the reader over the head through thinly-veiled dialogues between the characters about Muslim and immigrant life in Australia, but, well, it's obvious she has an agenda and I certainly don't disagree with her agenda.
In fact, I'm a fan of her work. All that said, I liked it and would recommend it. Oh, one more thing: Sure, Jamilah can go as Jamie in school, but none of her classmates noticed her obviously ethnic sounding last name? I find it hard to believe that none of her classmates ever noticed her real name is Jamilah Towfeek.
It's one thing to go by a nickname, but it's sorta hard to hide your full name during school when your name will show up on report cards, class lists, yearbooks, etc. She lives two lives and tries so hard to keep them separate. She feels if they collide it would ruin her whole world. Jamie struggles to maintain her two personalities because the rules her over controlling father gives her. Seeing other friends having freedom that she desires so much. Life appears to be looking up for Jamie when the most popular boy in school begins to show an interest in her.
Added to that she gets an after-school job and makes an email friend, John, the only person with whom she can be completely honest. However her life is turned upside down when her father announces to her that her Arabic band is hired to play at her schools 10 year formal. I encourage anyone that has problems with there true identity to read this book. This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers. Show full review. She embodies the whole east meets west cultural conflict so well.
The duality of her identity is best seen in her two names, struggling between who she has to be at school, and who she is with her family.
Much like in The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, Gogol has mixed feeling about his name but accepts it in the end. The male characters seem to have more influence in her life, while her sister and stepmother remain less important role models. Although the ending was a little disappointing the book is definitely worth reading and suggesting to youth and adults. Youmna Youssef. This is a better than average teen problem book from an Australian author, perhaps a 7 on the Peachworthiness scale because I like that it deals with a culture for which there hasn't been a lot of representation in YA lit.
Yes, a 10th grader who dislikes WAY too many things about herself and can't choose an identity that works at home, with friends, and with boys, a girl that can't decide whether to accept the attentions of a popular A-hole at school or to speak up for the guy who is ridiculed instead--all these plot components have been done and are comfortable and familiar to readers.
So what makes this decent but run-of-the-mill story special is what makes the main character special: her Lebanese-Muslim identity in an anglo-centric country. Jam has chosen to split her identities rather than deal with the teasing and name-calling at school that other Muslim teens there face.
She is "passing" for Anglo through bleaching her hair and wearing blue contacts, but she feels torn and isolated and can't tell her friends the truth about why she can't go out at night or anywhere with boys besides school.
She can't tell them that she plays in an Arabic music band and loves it or that she's devoted to her exuberant, but embarrassing family. American teens could benefit from this mixture of the typical YA story with the culture infusion that will teach them about an experience that might vary is some ways from their own--fighting prejudice and stereotypes, unique aspects of Muslim identity--but will allow them to see commonalities they might not expect.
At some point, most teens feel as if they come from another planet,so Abdel-Fattah's story will provide more resonance than they expect. Author 2 books 43 followers. After the last book I read I needed a light read to lift up my mood. Something like a palette cleanser. Thankfully I had my second Randa Abdel-Fattah novel with me to accomplish that task. After reading Randa's debut novel "Does my head look big in this? It was a light witty intelligent read filled with ironic laughter.
What about the second novel then? Well, it was good and drastically different from the first one. Jamela, a Lebanese Muslim girl living in Australia is known as Jamie in among her high school mates, who by the way do not now about her background nor that she is a Muslim from middle eastern origins. Protecting her identity is very crucial from Jamie especially given that her father is very strict and uptight. You can say that Jam is having an identity crisis -taking you back to the yucky high school years- and her way of facing discrimination in her home land is to try and blend in, be one of the crowd walking in the background, and laying low.
The writing is superb, the story is good, but its not as witty as the first book was. Nor did I like the ending that much. I felt that there could have been more to it, a few chapters perhaps. However, I did enjoy the book and will keep it on my bookshelf. I'm seeking out the rest of Randa's books for sure. This would be a perfect read in breaks during a busy day or maybe for summer lounging by the pool while being interrupted one million times.
No concentration required and no problem picking up the story line at all. Jamie struggles to be two persons at the same time. I think "Jamie" has 2 lives because her over-protective father just like mines doesnt let her be like a normal teenager so she hides part of her life from him. Jamie's life seems to be getting better for her when the most popular boy in school starts to show that he's interested in her.
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