Ten Things I Hate About Me

Ten Things I Hate About Me

by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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Randa Abdel-Fattah's new novel about about finding your place in life . . . and learning to accept yourself and your culture. "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).

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ISBN-13: 9780545232036
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Ten Things I Hate about Me 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book and its amazing! I couldn't put it down, its a must-read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
After 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 more 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down!I read this book in a span of 2 days and it was amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a interesting novel about a Lebanese-Muslim girl Named Jamilah. Even though she is Lebanese-Muslim she pretends to be an Aussie at school because she thinks if people found out she was Lebanese they would make fun of her.Her father is really strict and doesn't let her go out to party's or to friends house unless its for school work. This really makes Jamilah mad and worried that people might think she is weird because her father wont let her go out. For Jamilah's school formal she asks her dad if she can go and he says no. So she gets mad she cant go and tries to find the way to explain to her father that nothing bad is going to happen to her. Miss Sajada is Jamila's Madrasa teacher (Lebanese-Muslim school) and she is going to get married to Jamilahs father. So Miss Sajada also tries to convince her father to let her go. jamlahs brother says he can take her to the formal and watch out for her, so he lets her go. When she is at the formal she wants to play in the band that her friends from Madrasa are playing in butt she is scared of what people might say. But her friend Amy and Timothy convince her to play and that people cant judge her just for who she is and from where she comes. So she plays and it turns out that nobody cares that she is Lebanese-Muslim, they treat her the same way they treated her before. Jamilah feels good about herself and about who she is. This is why i would recommend this book to a friend because it is letting you know that no matter who you are or where you come from people cant judge u and you just have to be yourself.
Maddie Neils More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because it is so true and that makes it inspiring. You really get to know the characters well and you feel like you know them.
livida More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a matter of two days... it's true that once you start to read it, you don't want to put it down. I say overall it's a good read, but it can be a little too predictable at times. I found myself laughing at the book too. Very unique humor. I found myself connecting to the book too. The only problem is that it's set in Australia and at times I don't understand it.
ILoveToReadTS More than 1 year ago
i read this book in two days. I promise you that this book is absolutely great. It captures your attention from the first page of the book, down to the very last. This is a MUST read for anybody who loves a story of a real girl with real problems.
LCoale1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Muslim books, as blasphemous as it is for my Christian soul to admit. This one's perfect. The writing is terrible, and the entire plot can be guessed halfway through, but the characters just pull you in and make you want to keep reading. It also had really funny dialogue and was pretty insightful into Lebanese culture. I really enjoyed this book.
madamediotte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Ten Things I Hate About Me, Jamilah does whatever is necessary to hide her Lebanese-Muslim identity from her classmates: she dyes her hair blond, straightens her hair, and even wears contacts to change her eye colour. She doesn't do this because she is ashamed of her cultural background, but because of the rampant racism and discrimination that exists at her school. To Jamilah, known at school as Jamie, this is a matter of survival.Jamie/Jamilah's struggles are sure to strike a chord with the reader while giving a fascinating glimpse into a rich culture. All in all, this is an interesting novel that deals with serious issues with a refreshing sense of humour.
Salee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A tenth grade Lebaneese-Muslim teenager struggles with self acceptance. She attempts to blend in with the Australian society, the belief in mind that her friends would not accept her if they know who she really is.Jamillah(the main character) goes to all extents- dying her hair blonde, channging her name- if it means decieving her closest friends. Then one day she meets "Rage Against the Machine" online, and soon the story approaches a turning point.Want to learn more? You'll have to read it to find out!
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ten Things I Hate About Me has plenty of positive aspects which outweigh the few faults it does have. It's a little predictable with Timothy's subplot, as well as the overall big deal of Jamilah/Jamie's identity. It's a little preachy at times, but the moments of preachyness do fit in with the plot. The characters are pretty well-rounded, and I particularly enjoyed the characterization of Jamilah's father. It's conversational and relaxed storytelling, and while the writing's not the greatest, it's still a good book. I know it's one I and many other girls, Muslim and non, can relate to, maybe on different levels, but relate nonetheless. The environment Jamilah has been brought up in is captured really well and again, is something people can identify with. It is pretty unique to read a young adult book about Muslim cultural identity, and I applaud Abdel-Fattah for writing the way she does. I enjoyed this book, much more than Abdel-Fattah's other book, Does My Head Look Big in This? I thought this one was more down-to-earth and relatable. Rating: 4/5
twonickels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book, but a lot of the dialogue felt like it was straight out of a 1986 teen health class documentary about respecting your peers. I preferred her first book.
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since I've never struggled with ethnic identity, I can't speak from personal experience as to whether Abdel-Fattah correctly conveyed the struggles of this teenage Lebanese-Australian girl at high school. However, when I read the book, I thought it was very well done and wondered whether books like this are crucial for helping certain teenagers figure out how to balance their identities.This past weekend, I was at a dance conference where I attended a panel on appropriation of dance forms. One woman began speaking of her experiences growing up as a Palestinian girl living in Toronto, and how as she became a teenager, she entered into a period of severe depression due to her struggles with identity. After hearing her speak, I'm more convinced than ever that books like this -- even though they're fiction -- are necessary.It's not the best written book in the world, and I did have some issues with certain things that happen in it (ie. the main character can be a little dense when it comes to online interactions), but overall I think the message of learning how to accept who you are -- both your family's background and who you are in the country you now live in -- is extremely important for many young adults today.
Chase92 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If there was one thing Abdel-Fattah was good at, it was her ability to create characters that were distinct, yet easy to relate to. Take Jamie, for example. She struggles to fit in, has family issues, and last but not least, a dad from hell. I suppose a lot of teens would be able to relate to that. The characters also develop very well, and it was fun to to see them grow over time.The plot was quite entertaining, but what was really intriguing was that Abdel-Fattah touches on numerous issues and themes to make the story more in-depth. Racial discrimination. Bullying. Sexism. It¿s all there! Abdel-Fattah manages to weave these themes together so that they all complement the plot and each other, creating a story that is emotionally resonating.Another thing I like about the novel was the style of writing. It was witty, but at times it can also be serious and thought-provoking. The shifts between narrative and e-mail conversations in the novel are also surprisingly refreshing. The only downside about her writing is that she doesn¿t sound like a teenager, but rather, an adult trying to channel her `inner-teen¿, a common flaw of YA novels written by adults.Overall, Ten Things I Hate About Me is uplifting and captivating. I highly recommend it to both teenagers and adults!
KendraJ_lillianopal More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand three times and then post this on three differnt books. Then look under your pillow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really I like it
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I luv this book cuz ivcan relate to it:- Im muslim too but u dont have to be in order to enjoy it
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Sophia Maya More than 1 year ago
Im just buyimg it now looking forward to reading it!
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