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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah Narrator: Rebecca Macauley Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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There are a lot of things Jamie hates about her life: her dark hair, her dad's Stone Age Charter of Curfew Rights, her real name - Jamilah Towfeek. For the past three years Jamie has hidden her Lebanese background from everyone at school. It's only with her email friend John that she can really be herself. But now things are getting complicated: the most popular boy in school is interested in her, but there's no way he would be if he knew the truth. Then there's Timothy, the school loner, who for some reason Jamie just can't stop thinking about. As for John, he seems to have a pretty big secret of his own.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rosa Franco | 2/3/2014

    " This was a nice book it shows you the little problems that you have and you know how some people feel about theiself and they have a lot of problems just thinking that they are not nice persons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caitlyn | 1/31/2014

    " This book was a really good read about a girl who tries to live a normal life down under in Australia and get away from her indian heritage at school. She just wants to be a normal kid and not made fun of for her indian back round so she dies her hair blonde and tries to blend in as a true Aussie. She is battling double lives throughout the book but can she keep up the act? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Doha Al-Haddad | 1/30/2014

    " I didn't quite expect this but this book was very enjoyable to me , and the moral of the story is so good .. Randa has earned a fan out of me , certainly will read more of her books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura Hughes | 1/24/2014

    " I liked the premise, but not the execution. I love the idea of exploring the advantages and disadvantages of passing, the growing sense of minority pride in a character who initially is all about integrating in mainstream society (particularly, in this case, Muslim and Middle Eastern cultural pride), and the resourceful teen's ingenious idea-turned-horribly-wrong. But the most interesting parts of the story happen before it begins--the why and how of Jamilah's decision bleach her hair blonde and get blue contact lenses to pass as Anglo in her school. It seems like an awfully rebellious and spunky decision for a character who seems so passive and beaten-down in the story. Part of that may be the effect of her charade, but it would be nice to see that character change. On a practical level, how did she ever manage this with her father as anti-hiding-your-heritage, and generally parentally strict, as he is portrayed? A girl could easily bleach her hair without her parents knowing until it was too late, but you need your parents' health insurance/money to get contacts, especially expensive upgrades. In order for this story to work, I feel like we need to see the journey from Jamilah thinking this is a great idea, to realizing its serious practical limitations (she can never invite anyone over her house or allow her classmates to meet her family members, she must censor herself to the point of having nothing to say, she can't make any close friends at school, she's constantly worried about being outed), to understanding on a deep level why and how she is complicit in her own oppression. Instead, the story starts there: with her already fully aware yet continuing with the charade anyway, full of self-loathing. In fact, Jamilah actually states things "I'm complicit in my own oppression" (maybe not that exactly, but PRETTY DARN CLOSE). All of the characters in this book, in narration and dialogue, are ridiculously self-aware, not just for teenagers but for humans, and although the activist older sister is mocked for talking like a sociology textbook, it's really everyone. The "mystery" subplot where she's secretly conversing with an unknown online friend, WHO COULD IT BE, is so predictable it's not worth discussing. "

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