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Ten things I hate about me

Ten things I hate about me / Randa Abdel-Fattah

Ready for a break from fairies, mutants, and time travel?

Then this may just be the book for you!

Ten things I hate about me is Randa Abdel-Fattah’s second book. It won the Kathleen Mitchell award, an award I had never heard about before but that is apparently some Australian thing.

Brief plot summary

Jamilah Towfeek is a Lebanese-Australian teenager living in the suburbs of Sydney. Embarrassed by her religion, ethnic background, and overprotective father, Jamilah dyes her hair and wears contacts in an attempt to pass as a “normal” Australian.* She attempts to maintain strict separation between her school life and home life, keeping her background and religion a secret from her closest friends. Her only true confidant is an anonymous online correspondant.

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