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Randa Abdel Fattah S New Novel About Finding Your Place In Life And Learning To Accept Yourself And Your CultureAt 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 LongerJamie 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


10 thoughts on “Ten Things I Hate About Me

  1. says:

    3 1 2 stars, rounded downWhen Jamilah Towfeek started at a new school in grade seven, she saw a chance to change other people s perception of her from ethnic and possibly terrorist to plain old Australian So she dyed her hair blond, got blue contact lenses, and told everyone her name was Jamie Now in grade ten, that decision is starting to wear on her Racism is loud and proud in her school hallways, but how can she speak out when she s spent so long hiding her identity and muzzling her voice I mostly loved this book so maybe my review should have aimed for Ten Things I Love, but I m not sure I could fill out the whole list Jamilah has a great voice, and sounded genuinely 15 years old, with a mix of maturity and childishness She wants to do the right thing, but struggles to figure out how she can both be honest and protect herself from the cruelty and hatred expressed by some of her classmates She also wants to be closer to people both her family and her friends but is smacked in the face by the wall formed by keeping secrets and compartmentalizing her life I ve rounded this down a star because while it s a fast, fun read, full of sunshine and humor, it s also a bit heavy handed in its message about being yourself and not letting the buzzards grind you down It seems like every three pages or so, this lesson gets pointed out to be sure the reader doesn t miss it The plot is also fairly predictable, so the tension is situational rather than a consistent story arc I do recommend it, though It won t take up much of your time, and its observations and message of authenticity in one s life are always timely Depressingly, the story s focus on resentment towards immigrants, and suspicion of Muslims in particular, seems especially timely worldwide right now This book does what it can to help defuse some of that.


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    eeeeeehhh I picked up this book on a whim Maybe it s because I already passed this phase in my life that I didn t find it very relatable In fact, the main character is quite annoying You see, I am a Muslim girl growing up living in the United States so I get the whole growing up between two cultures thing On the other hand, I am really disappointed by the portrayal of my religion in this book Not every Muslim hides their faith and for once I would like to read a book about a girl proud of her religion and standing up for it as the main character man vs world instead of man vs self Because for a person like me, reading about someone else s cowering and fear actually only makes me self conscious about my religious identity too Stories about believers dying and standing up for their faith are much inspirational and encouraging to me That s why I love the stories of the prophets of my faith They went through some hardcore s and still believed and followed their religious practices On the other hand, I don t think I am the audience for this book I think this book was written for non Muslims and non Arabs so that they may sympathize with those groups And THAT S why there is some things in there that I feel are controversial They were included to appease non Muslim readers And by the looks of the other reviews, it works.


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    To see full review click here10 Have a Main Character That s a Whiney Titty Baby Oh, sweet baby Jesus, how I could not stand Jamilah Jamie.She is such a weak and despicable character.Honestly, I should ve been warned enough with the premises of how she tries to hide her identity, but it s even worse than that.There is not one thing I like about this character.I almost felt bad because she has a sexist father But she s not mad at him for being sexist so much Instead, she s just mad because she can t go partying with her friends Saturday night and get drunk and laid.And yeah, Abdel Fattah tries to remedy this by trying to make Jamie look responsible by wanting a job, but the only reason she wants a job is to have a gateway into partying.9 Have a Great Topic but an Epic Fail of an Execution You don t know how much I wanted this one t work I think having a book with a Muslim protagonist of Lebanese descent would be a great addition to a rather bland world in YA.But nopity Nope Nope Nope.The insight, I was given into the protagonist s religion and culture was about on par with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and to be honest the culture insight I got from that movie was probably better.8 Have an Unrealistic Depiction of Racism This is an issue everywhere in the world However, the way that Abdel Fattah talks about racism has me fuming.Racism, generally is not that obvious Oh, sure sometimes it is But to the extent it was displayed in this book it was downright unrealistic.People who are as outright racist as Peter generally are not viewed as the BMOC The majority of the population are going to look at him like he s a loser Especially when he starts throwing out racist slurs.I wish this book would ve talked about the undertones of racism Such as micro agressions The stuff that s not outright said, but is obviously there If it would ve taken an approach of showing this side of society that s backward rather than giving a hammy look at it, I think it would ve been a lot thought provoking than it was.Caveat Post 2016 Election While I still think that Peter is a cartoonish loser His depiction is unfortunately realistic than naive privilege me based at the time of writing this original review would like to think Unfortunately, over the top overt racism like Peter s is making a common appearance than it should be in today s society While I still feel like the character was overall cartoon like his behavior is unfortunately realistic to today s world than I originally wanted to give him credit for While I still wish that Abdel Fatah had focused on microagressions, I can no longer say that Peter is a ridiculous caricature in good consciousness I can also unfortunately no longer say that 99% of people would look at him like he is a creep that he is after all look at who the US voted for president Shudders 7 Have an Unrealistic Romance The romance or attempt at romance was laughable The fact that it was a love triangle Well, excuse me while I go empty my lunch.In corner one we have love interest one the most popular guy at school, who s an open bigot Obviously, our main character should hate him and stay out of his way But nope, he s popular so that must equal love.I freaking kid you not Fawn over someone who makes fun of your culture and religion just because he s the most popular boy in school.Yeah.And then there s boy number two who s her secret online admirer Who s conversation is so wooden, it reads like a bad fan fic It s obvious who this boy is, but are character of course is stupid enough to be clueless Also, the way he behaves online makes me want to get those guys from To Catch a Predator on the case.6 Have Teens Not Act Like Teens Or at least teens that I know.I swear, these kids had the maturity rate of an eight year old, our darling protagonist included.There was really not one character who acted their age Well, maybe the dad character But that s it.


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    This book was good, not great, and a little too simplistic and coincidental for me I imagine that if you re over the age of 12, maybe 13, you ll think the same.The plot revolves around a confused teen named Jamilah She s a Lebanese Muslim in Australia who s desperately trying to hide her cultural identity from her peers by calling herself Jamie, dying her hair blonde, wearing blue tinted contacts, and not inviting ay of her friends over to her house Her dad forbids her to do practically everything outside of school, so she doesn t have much of a social life, except for playing in an Arabic band at her madrassa She strikes up an email friendship with someone who calls himself John online his real identity was obvious very quickly and a little cheesy that it just happened to be him, but whatever and admits to him that she s exhausted by trying to play two people, depending on where she is.I thought the book was well written, and there aren t a whole lot of mainstream books about Muslim teens in a Western country, so that was nice I thought Jamie was a little too hung up with trying to hide stuff, but hey, she s a teen and that s what teens sometimes do My complaints, besides the whole email friend s real identity being too much of a coincidence, are mainly about the ending, in which everything seemed to be changing for the better I mean everything all too easily, with no major catalyst to inspire the change It felt, once again, too coincidental and simplistic But, I think that young teens and tweens would enjoy this book.


  5. says:

    I m Lebanese Muslim My name s Jamilah, not Jamie I ve been hiding myself for a long time So what Why the low rating most annoying pathetic cynical main character amazingly lame storyline how to overreact 101 sounds like socks on carpet no plot twists, or easily foreseeable two dimensional charactersI could barely comprehend the extent of racism in Australian culture expressed in this book being ethnic myself in Australia I have friends of every race and culture and they are proud to be who they are I hope noone ever goes to the lengths that Jamilah goes to to hide herself Kind of want to rewrite this review and call it Ten Things I Hate about this book I forgot to add obvious plot holes which I brought up in a class discussion


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    i enjoyed this book you know, it wasn t like the best thing ever but i thought overall it was pretty good the characters were well done and the themes are really important and rarely addressed so i was able to overlook some plotholes predictableness that would have annoyed me otherwise i thought she did a really good job of creating a main character without any self confidence who s totally embarrassed of her middle eastern background WITHOUT making her obnoxious i thought it was good and i read the whole thing last night, so you know10 Thins I Like About This Book 1 It addresses the current rampant anti arab anti muslim anti middle eastern crisis2 It addresses sexism misogyny3 Her sister is an activist4 It deals with highschool cliques without being totally obnoxious about it5 It treats boys like real people who can be friends6 It s set in australia7 Her family is respected and important to the story instead of being a absent or b treated like idiots8 It doesn t end with everyone getting all nicely paired up in romantic couples9 It talks about real life friendship issues instead of just treating friends like random acquaintances that you do things with.10 The main character is portrayed as lacking in self confidence and yet not an idiot At the same time What s that Complexity Awesome


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    2.5 stars There s just something about contemporary books that I find boring, especially when compared to fantasy So yes, this did bore meI 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 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 often, but seeing that it s mostly centered around Jamilah s life, Timothy took a back seat In fact, I wish there were 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.


  8. says:

    Ten Things I Hate About Me is my second book by Randa Abdel Fattah and I can easily say that I preferred this novel to Does My Head Look Big In This Yes, Jamie Jamilah is kind of annoying and self centered but it s intriguing to follow her journey of self discovery and acceptance 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 Honestly, I think I could have appreciated Jamilah if I had read this when I was much younger.


  9. says:

    Out of the two books that I have read this quarter, I really liked Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel Fattah You go on a journey with your average teenage girl I really enjoyed this book because in a way I could relate to it and I am 99.9% sure that every girl have, or will at some point in their live will experience what The main Character Jamilah experienced I would most definitely, highly highly recommend this book to girls ages 14 18 because there is a good message that you can get out of it As I mentioned before, I really really REALLY enjoyed this book I usually like to read books that I as a teenage girl can relate to which I did I related to mainly 2 things in this book, 1 Me and the main character only have one parent alive, and siblings and 2 being, one of the 10 things Jamilah hated about herself which was feeling like sometimes its not okay to just be yourself having to make adjustments just to fit in with everybody else Now I Am going on to talk in detail about my wonderful book Well, in my book Ten Things I Hate About Me it is bassically about the everyday teenage girl and the feelings we go through and many questions we ask ourself Jamilah aka Jamie is a junior in highschool, she is of Labanese and muslim backround in which she is very ashamed of Shes really smart and doesnt have many friends because she doesnt like to open up to people, scared that they will find out who she really is and to her thats bad because of the stereotypes about muslims and foreign people at her school She lives with her Dad, Sister Shareen, and Brother Bilal her mom died Ever since her mom died her dad became very strict and doesnt allow her to go anywhere or do anything that involves females interacting with males except school She doesnt like it, and so she tries to sneak out and lies to her dad about where she is and who she is with.She falls in love with a annoymous guy that e mailed her and later found out it was one of the biggest nerds in her class She likes him, but is ashamed of it The most popular guy in her class Peter flirts with her and she does not know how to act I DONT want to tell the book because its soo good, so if you want to know your just going to have to read it Personally I think the author Randa Abdel Fattah wrote this book to encourage everybody but mainly teenage girls I believe it was written because she personally experience something like this or somebody she knew did This book did not receive any awards In conclusion I learned something from this book well knew before I just really liked it it was that you should never forget who you are and where you come from just be yourself and people will love it or hate it.


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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadToo.comAfter 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 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.