Jamie wants to fit in – which means having blonde hair and blue eyes, and hopefully getting noticed by the popular crowd at school. Jamilah wants her father to understand she needs to get out of the house sometimes and that not having her mother has been hard, and struggling to find her place growing up can be wonderful and hard at the same time.
What do Jamie and Jamilah have in common? Each other – they are the same person! Jamilah has invented the person she is at school (Jamie) to counter any stereotypes she worries people will put on her because she is Muslim and Lebanese. Stereotypes that are rampant at her school.
While she struggles with an over protective father, she also has to deal with friendship issues at school. Plus why is she somehow drawing the attention of the most popular guy at school, who just so happens to love spouting off racist comments constantly? When Jamilah is able to be herself with someone she meets online she thinks finally she has a friend she can count on. But then again, when do things work out so well?
Finding out who you are and trusting that who you are is good enough for those who really care about you is something we all must face as some point in our lives. Jamilah/Jamie has just come to that place. Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah is a great, fun book set in Australia. Don’t miss this one!
Recommended for students 7th and up.