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Ten Things I Hate About Me

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  2,444 ratings  ·  330 reviews
Ten Things is about Jamie, a teenage girl from Sydney’s south west who lives two lives: at school and in the outside world she is ‘Jamie’, a bottle-blonde with an apparently Anglo Aussie background; at home she is ‘Jamilah’ a Lebanese-Muslim who is proud of her cultural identity. Jamie struggles to maintain her two personas as the rules of her over-protective father collid...more
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Published August 1st 2007 by Marion Lloyd (first published October 1st 2006)
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Haleema
Once again, I am absolutely appalled by the portrayal of my religion in this book. Abdel-Fattah has done nearly everything wrong. Perhaps she was merely confused between religion and culture. I wish I was there lurking by her side to tell her what to write and what not to write. It bugs me so much.

First of all, Jamie/Jamilah is a befuddled teenage girl who cannot decide whether she is an Aussie-Muslim or a Lebanese-Muslim. She has two lives: one at school where she has blonde hair and blue conta...more
Sara
This book was good, not great, and a little too simplistic (and coincidental) for me; I imagine that if you're over the age of 12, maybe 13, you'll think the same.

The plot revolves around a confused teen named Jamilah. She's a Lebanese Muslim in Australia who's desperately trying to hide her cultural identity from her peers by calling herself "Jamie," dying her hair blonde, wearing blue-tinted contacts, and not inviting ay of her friends over to her house. Her dad forbids her to do practically e...more
Howdy YAL
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10) Have a Main Character That’s a Whiney Titty Baby:

Oh, sweet baby Jesus, how I could not stand Jamilah/Jamie.

She is such a weak and despicable character.

Honestly, I should’ve been warned enough with the premises of how she tries to hide her identity, but it’s even worse than that.

There is not one thing I like about this character.

I almost felt bad because she has a sexist father. But she’s not mad at him for being sexist so much. Instead, she’s just mad because she...more
Layla
eeeeeehhh. I picked up this book on a whim. Maybe it's because I already passed this phase in my life that I didn't find it very relatable. In fact, the main character is quite annoying. You see, I am a Muslim girl growing up (living) in the United States so I get the whole growing up between two cultures thing. On the other hand, I am really disappointed by the portrayal of my religion in this book. Not every Muslim hides their faith and for once I would like to read a book about a girl proud o...more
Sarah
Aug 17, 2008 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who liked Evolution Me & Other Freaks of Nature and The Beetle and Me
i enjoyed this book. you know, it wasn't like the best thing ever but i thought overall it was pretty good. the characters were well done and the themes are really important (and rarely addressed) so i was able to overlook some plotholes/predictableness that would have annoyed me otherwise. i thought she did a really good job of creating a main character without any self-confidence who's totally embarrassed of her middle-eastern background WITHOUT making her obnoxious. i thought it was good. and...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 d...more
Robin Duple
This was a quick read -- relatively light YA fare. Although it deals with issues of identity because of the way that Jamilah hides her Lebanese-Muslim heritage from everyone at school (including standing by while other immigrants are mocked by the most popular guy in high school), the novel never gets terribly serious. An interesting writing device is employed in various chapters of the story, wherein the action and character development is portrayed via an ongoing conversation in the form of an...more
Elizabeth
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Maya
Out of the two books that I have read this quarter, I really liked “Ten Things I Hate About Me” by Randa Abdel-Fattah. You go on a journey with your average teenage girl. I really enjoyed this book because in a way I could relate to it and I am 99.9% sure that every girl have, or will at some point in their live will experience what The main Character Jamilah experienced. I would most definitely, highly highly recommend this book to girls ages 14-18 because there is a good message that you can g...more
Agnes
The central character of Jamilah/Jamie will be relevant to almost any immigrant girl. She embodies the whole east meets west cultural conflict so well. The duality of her identity is best seen in her two names, struggling between who she has to be at school, and who she is with her family. Much like in The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, Gogol has mixed feeling about his name but accepts it in the end. The added context here is the currency of the novel in how it gives the reader a glimpse into Jamil...more
Becky

Abdel-Fattah, Randa. 2009. (Pub Jan) TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT ME. Scholastic. 297.

Randa Abdel-Fattah's previous novel, Does My Head Look Big In This?, was one that I was ambivalent about. I found the perspective interesting--a Muslim teen girl who feels caught between cultures: wanting to be true to her faith and family but also wanting to fit in with the popular, beautiful people.

Ten Things I Hate About You is similar in theme. We've got a narrator caught between two identies: Jamie and Jamilah....more
Yoonmee
This is very similar to Abdel-Fattah's first young adult novel Does My Head Look Big In This?, so, unless you read Does My Head and absolutely loved it, there's no big reason to read both. I wasn't as crazy about this one as I was Does My Head but that's possibly b/c I read this second. Both are about Australian teenage girls who struggle with being both Australian and Muslim, both have very likable and amusing protagonists, both have extremely predictable plots (the old "I'm confused about who...more
Suzanne
This is a better than average teen problem book from an Australian author, perhaps a 7 on the Peachworthiness scale because I like that it deals with a culture for which there hasn't been a lot of representation in YA lit. Yes, a 10th grader who dislikes WAY too many things about herself and can't choose an identity that works at home, with friends, and with boys, a girl that can't decide whether to accept the attentions of a popular A-hole at school or to speak up for the guy who is ridiculed i...more
Pooja
Jamilah Towfeek aka Jamie leads a two-faced life, enacting a girl with a split-personality. To jibe with her Australian counterparts, Jamie has dyed her hair blonde, worn contacts in public and has made no real friends pretty much out of the fear of being "discovered". Beneath this wannabe-Caucasian identity though is the real Jamilah: juggling between sunset curfew-rules set by her conservative father, playing in a Muslim band, and loving her Lebanese-Muslim culture (only not being courageous e...more
Tufa
In the book “Ten Things I Hate About ME,” by Randa Abdel-Fattah, the main character is Jamilah, or as she wants it pronounced, “Jamie.” Jamilah wants to be popular and beautiful, but she can’t, she has to wear the Hijaib. The Hijaib is a muslium tradition clothing that is worn over the head (only for women to wear) to keep sacred and to not take it off in of public or infront of men. She is forced to wear it because her father is very religious and wants Jamilah to be one too.
So, lets talk abou...more
Khadija
A young teenaged girl in high school in Australia named Jamilah She hides her background from her white friends because she doesn't want them to find out that she has a Lebanese Muslim Background. So she wants to not tell her friends and classmates of her Lebanese background so she dyes her hair blond and wears blue contacts to school and all her friends call her JAMIE not Jamilah!

When Jamilah was 9 yrs old her mother died and now she has a father and 1 sister and 1 brother named girl-Sheereen a...more
Isabel
"Ten Things I Hate About Me"is the second book from Randa Abdel Fattah.Her other book is called"Does My Head Look Big In This?"In this story Abdel Fattah writes about being a tennager and growing up in Ausralia."Ten Things I Hate About Me"is about Jamie, a teenage girl from Sydney in the south west that lives two lives: at school and in the"outside"world she is"Jamie",a blonde girl witha Anglo Aussie background; at home she is"Jamilah"a Lebanese-Muslim who is happy of her Australian culture.Jam...more
Jess
I found this while I was working in the library this morning. It seemed interesting, so I checked it out. I actually liked this quite a bit more than I thought I would. Jamie lives a double life, a regular Aussie at school and a Muslim at home. But now her world's starting to fall apart.
It's pretty good, and I could definitely see why she was the way she was. My problem? I didn't like that she spent the whole time obeying her dad (unhappily, but she still did) but the one time she didn't, she d...more
Youmna
well the book goes below my expectations a little, TEN THINGS ABOUT ME is about a confused Lebanese Muslim teen she is afraid to show her heritage but i don't know why randa abdel-fattah managed to make me feel that the muslim heritage is something you should be ashamed of, she only focused about the 11september and benladen and Jamie don't want anybody to think that her hobby is to fly planes into buildings and jamilah seems not to be so religious because she don't pray and in the end she kisse...more
Ammena
I started this book the day I received it in the post, it was shiny and pink and oh something I wouldnt usually read, but for islamic fiction I was willing to give it a shot. Ive read a few islamic fictions in the past, namely the triology by umm Zakiyyah, which I thoroughly enjoyed so I was hoping for something equally as entertaining. Alas, I was to be disappointed :(

I read the intro with an open mind and clear heart
"The novel is the story of Jamie Towfeek, a teenager living in Sydney's weste...more
Danderma
After the last book I read I needed a light read to lift up my mood. Something like a palette cleanser. Thankfully I had my second Randa Abdel-Fattah novel with me to accomplish that task.

After reading Randa's debut novel "Does my head look big in this?" I went back to Jarir bookstore specifically to get her second novel, that's how much Ioved the first one. It was a light witty intelligent read filled with ironic laughter. What about the second novel then?

Well, it was good and drastically diffe...more
Olivia Paczek
Jamilah lives a very confusing life. After her mothers tragic death, she is left with her two older siblings and her extremely strict and religious father. Her older sister Shereen is a strong-willed hippie who will stop at nothing to go against the rules of the government, and her older brother Bilal is the casual high school drop out whose dream is to work in a car garage. Jamilah has always felt that she was the good child, but her father made it seem like she was his biggest challenge. Being...more
Sue Anderson
Ten Things I Hate About Me is Randa Abdel-Fattah’s second book, which follows her award-winning Does My Head Look Big In This? and deals with similar themes. In Ten Things, Jamilah is a teenage in Australia straddling her Australian life at school and her Lebanese-Muslim family life at home. Petrified that the other students will discover that she is “ethnic,” Jamilah has fabricated a persona for school in which she is “Jamie,” has died blond hair and blue contact lenses and stays mute in the fa...more
Sena Khateeb
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Libby Ames
Jamie will do almost anything to fit in, including bleaching her hair and wearing blue contacts to disguise her Lebanese-Muslim background. At school, she tries to be a normal Aussie teenager with nothing that makes her stand out. At home, Jamie’s real name is Jamilah. She plays in an Arabic band, enjoys Lebanese food, and wears a hijab. Jamie’s double life forces her to keep her distance from friends in an attempt to hide her identity. When friends start to ask questions, she has to decide who...more
Runa
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...more
Laura Hughes
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...more
Elias
Jul 15, 2010 Elias rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids of religious conservatives, or minority kids
Recommended to Elias by: the bookshelf at High Point library
Shelves: young-adult
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Polly
The book Ten things I hate about me by Randa Adbel- Fattah is pretty interesting because it can relate to a lot of teenagers in some way. Jamie and her families are Australian, Lebanese and Muslims. Jamie hates to spread her religious identity, her real name and her parent’s rule. When she’s in school she doesn’t want anyone to know she is Muslim because she doesn’t want people to be racist toward her. As well as to fit in with the “cool” crowd in school which leads by peter, the most popular gu...more
Ubalstecha
Nice story about Jamilah, a Lebanese muslim girl who is afraid to reveal her heritage to her Australian classmates for fear of being bullied. Instead she anglicises her name, dies her hair and wears contacts. Jamilah does evrything she can to keep family and school life seperate. She also finds herself sitting on the sidelines as a bystander as the class jerk bullies fellow students and makes racist comments. By saying nothing, she can fit in. Not one of the cool kids, but neither is she ostraci...more
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Randa Abdel-Fattah was born in Sydney in 1979. She is a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage. She grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic primary school and Islamic secondary college where she obtained an International Baccaularetate. She studied Arts/Law at Melbourne University during which time she was the Media Liaison Officer at the Islamic council of Victoria, a role which afforde...more
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“But persistent name calling? that prolongs hurt. It stretches out. Each nasty word stretches the rubber band further away until finally, one day, it snaps back at you with maximum impact” 14 likes
“That's why when Peter started talking to me in homeroom this morning, i soaked up his attention like a doughnut dipped in coffee. The fact that his comments have left me soggy and wilted doesn't matter. That's the price you pay when you withdraw to the safety of anonymity” 4 likes
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