Ten Things I Hate About Me (Paperback)
Orchard Books, 9780545050562, 304pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2010
"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).
But when the cutest boy in school asks her out and her friends start to wonder about Jamie's life outside of school, her secrets threaten to explode. Can Jamie figure out how to be both Jamie and Jamilah before she loses everything?
Praise for TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT ME:
* "Written with insight, humor and sensitivity, Abdel-Fattah introduces a winning Muslim-Australian heroine who discovers that "honesty is liberating.' " -- KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
* "[T]he teen's present-tense narrative is as hilarious as the narrator's in Abdel-Fattah's first book and is just as honest about the shocking prejudice against Muslims. Teens will love the free-flowing, funny dialogue, even as they recognize their own ways of covering up who they are." --BOOKLIST (starred review)
"[T]he author brings a welcome sense of humor to Jamilah's insights about her culture, and she is equally adept at more delicate scenes . . . Jamilah is a character teens will readily relate to." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"[A] witty, sensitive debut . . ." -PEOPLE
"A fascinating look at Islam" -ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY