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He thought I'd forged my mom's name on the slip. How stupid is that? On this thing Mom just made a kind of squiggly shape on the page. That jerk didn't even think about what he was saying, didn't even ask himself why her signature might be weird. He's one of those people who think illiteracy is like AIDS. It only exists in Africa.
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Paperback, 179 pages
Published July 3rd 2006 by Mariner Books (first published December 31st 1999)
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Fabian
Jan 22, 2017 Fabian rated it it was amazing
Tres magnifique ! ! !

I am headoverheels in love with this novel! Unputdownable, it is extremely hard to find fault with this wondrous tale by a 19 year old writer. It will make you laugh like no other book in recent memory. No wonder the French went gaga over this new Sagan, this new Salinger. Her novel is worth finding, reading, and sharing. I wanna thank an old friend whose favorite book was the French version of this exquisite novel. My favorite read of the year thus far!
Whitaker
The title of this book, Kiffe kiffe demain, must give translators nightmares. The problem is that it’s a play on words, and not just on any normal words, but ghetto slang. “Kif kif” is vernacular roughly meaning “same ‘ole, same ‘ole”; “kiffer” is vernacular meaning “to like/love”. The title has a bittersweet tang derived from the opposing feelings of despair (“same ‘ole shit tomorrow”) and hope (“loving tomorrow”). That title must also give those tight-arsed asshats at the French Academy nightm ...more
مصطفي سليمان
Jun 09, 2011 مصطفي سليمان rated it really liked it
رواية مسلية بشدة تتنهي في خفة
دون فلسفة
تناقش مشاكل المغتربين
او تظهرها بصورة بسيطة وساخرة
تخليك تقول يا سلام
يا اخي
ايه دا
مفيش الكلام الكبير المجعلص
رواية لطيفة بشدة
:)
بثينة العيسى
رواية لذيذة. وهل تملك إلا أن تشغف بصوت الفتاة ذات الخمسة عشر ربيعاً .. والتي تسخر من العالم وتتهكم على غبائه طوال الوقت؟

لذييييذة تذوب في دمك بسهولة :)
Meaghan
May 17, 2007 Meaghan rated it it was ok
Shelves: comingofage
I was going to write a review about this book, but then I remembered that I don't remember anything about it. I read it last month and it has already slipped from my mind.

I love coming of age novels, but this protagonist is barely memorable.
Jane
Nov 12, 2009 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: passed-on
“I wonder why they call them wisdom teeth… The more they grow, the more you understand stuff? Personally, I’ve learned that learning hurts.”

It’s an understandable sentiment. Fifteen year old Doria’s life is far from perfect. She lives with her mother in a tower block on the outskirts of Paris.

Her father has returned to his Moroccan birthplace to find a new wife who will provide him with the son he so badly wants. And so mother and daughter are left to subsist on the meagre wages that a woman who
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Nafiza
This coming of age novel was recommended to me by Rida and while I didn’t like it as much as I had hoped to, I did find it very stark and honest in its portrayal of life on the poor side in Paris, France. I don’t know about you guys but I have a very selective way of thinking about Paris. To me, it is the city of lights, romance and fluffy pastries. Before I read this book, I didn’t think about the people who populated the city, who breathe, live and animate this city. There’s this authenticity ...more
Marie
Jan 20, 2010 Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A very accurate representation of the life of Arabic Immigrants in France. Written in the no nonsense a bit rash style of a teenager the book grabs you from beginning to end. Reading about the conditions of life for some of these unfortunate women only makes you want to change things for the unfortunate immigrants.
A fresh look on immigration and on surviving even in difficult conditions.
The voice of the young girl is sometimes angry but it is an anger that is directed to the injustices that ar
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April
This book is basically perfect. Doria (the teenaged narrator) is witty; sarcastic; cyncical, yet a dreamer; funny, in a primarily ironic way; insightful; tender; irreverent; and swears brilliantly. Like seriously, this book--ugh, I love it so much. Doria has an Eeyore soul but it so terribly endearing... Great perspective on class, gender and xenophobia in France, but given in a mostly humorous instead of tragic way. It's an easy read and a fresh voice--I guarantee it'll make you chuckle. RECOMM ...more
Elizabeth
Nov 15, 2006 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: The curious and open minded
Another copy I picked up at the office...turned out to be fascinating. This is the story of a young Algerian girl who lives in the slums surrounding Paris. I've never read a story about this group in France--preferring to focus on the artisan and historical stories--and I found the story to be full of rage, Americanisms and sadness. A compelling peek into a world that I knew nothing about. Sad really.
Reetta Saine
Vinkkauspakkiin sopiva kasvukertomus viisitoistavuotiaasta Doriasta, köyhyydestä, sossuista, Pariisin lähiöistä ja arkisesta erilaisuudesta. Suoraviivainen tyyli, lyhyet luvut, samastuttava ihana kuspääpäähenkilöteinix.
Zoe
Feb 06, 2015 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat bleak but interesting story, doubly worth reading since the shootings at Charlie Hebdo
Salima Korri
Dec 13, 2014 Salima Korri rated it liked it
Having read this in French, I was pleasantly surprised by the many controversial issues this book deals with. It goes against what France, at the time, wanted to keep hidden- the true life in the 'Banlieuss' (suburbs).

Doria, a young immigrant, who comes to live in France with her mother, has a negative outlook on life because of all the discrimination around her in which she blames fate for her bad life. First, her father leaves because Yasmina, her mother, wasn't able to bore him a son, which o
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Drew
Nov 26, 2008 Drew rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Finished reading this book Friday morning on my metro ride in to work. This was a great book for the metro since you could pick it up and put it down without losing any train of thought or end during a critical piece of analysis. Not a great book at all. It was cool, since the perspective was intriguing: French-born Moroccan adolescent girl growing up in poor suburbs around Paris with her Moroccan mother and absent father.

The timing of this book was good, given the riots last year in the suburbs
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Ciara
Jul 15, 2008 Ciara rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: its young adult readership base, immigrant teens in france
Shelves: read-in-2008
i wanted to love this book...but i didn't. it's a novel about a teenage girl living in the projects outside paris with her mom. the cast of surrpunding characters is a motley crew of old people, immigrants, people struggling to get by. i guess maybe this is supposed to be a coming-of-age novel, as the protaganist comesover the course of the book to make some strides in having a better relationship with her mom & doing the work necessary to improve her station in life, which may not have happ ...more
Cheryl
"Last week, Mme DuThingy, the social worker from city hall, came back to the house. This woman, she's really a shit-stirrer. Mom had hardly opened the door when she flashed her perfect white teeth and started up:

'Oh dear, you don't look so good...ooh la la."

If you like the fiery kind of protagonists you see in some YA novels, you will like fifteen-year old Doria. Originally from Morocco, Doria lives with her illiterate mom in the projects of France (in a North African community) a few miles from
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Lily
Dec 13, 2012 Lily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I honestly don't know what to think about this book. It's French (thus the title) but I mean I read it and understood it (I'm doing A-Level French and I'm going to be studying French at Cardiff Uni this year) but the main character was so hard to wrap my head around. Her entire perception of the world was full of complaints about everything, it's not until we're over halfway through the book that she begins to show real emotion and it just made me so angry.
It was readable but frustrating - in a
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Annabelle
Apr 23, 2015 Annabelle rated it really liked it
A sweet confection of teenage angst by a Algerian descent teenager living in the projects outside of Paris. We all need to read it to understand the massacre at Charlie Hebdo. Amidst racism, poverty, and growing up with a single mom, Doria,, the main character, writes in a smart, snarky, sardonic voice, making fun but in an enjoyable way of teachers, neighbors, will focusing hate at her father who has abandoned her. There is love in her mother and friends, and she ends up with a teenage love.I l ...more
Flora
Dec 20, 2008 Flora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot. The plot is pretty predictable - it is nothing we haven't read before in other coming-of-age teenage novels - but the voice is so strong (the translating of French backslang into British urban slang was a nice touch, I thought) that it didn't matter. The character of Doria is utterly compelling - belligerant yet vulnerable; cynical yet heart-breakingly naive - I would have happily spent twice the length of the book again inside her head. (I hear there is a sequel & ...more
Mamad Arzhang
لحن و زبان این کتاب و سن و سال شخصیت اصلی آن، آدم را یاد «ناتور دشت» میاندازد اما فقط در همین حد. دخترک شانزده سالهی این کتاب، با طنز ظریف و موشکافی که دارد، جهان پیرامونش را با فاصلهای روشنفکرانه نقد میکند اما در دو صفحهی آخر کتاب، به این نتیجه میرسد که زندگی چندان بدی هم ندارد. خب البته اگر به این نتیجه نمیرسید، نویسنده هنوز داشت جلدهای بعدی کتاب را مینوشت. ...more
Neda Alaei
Oct 16, 2015 Neda Alaei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbi
Denne boka er utrolig tatt på kornet av tilværelsen til en ung, muslimsk jente som vokser opp i en europeisk by. Doria er en fantastisk smart jente, og alt hun forteller sluker jeg med stor leselyst. Ekstremt troverdig jeg-forteller!
Zach
Sep 14, 2008 Zach rated it it was ok
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Shereen Mohamed reda
Mar 28, 2013 Shereen Mohamed reda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
عبقرية البساطة بجد
الحدث اليومي المعتاد عندما يتحول لمادة شيقة ساخرة تصلح للكتابة
أتمني أن يكون لفايزة جن مؤلَفَات أُخري
ندمت اني أنتهيت منه سريعا
hannah
Great! Not technically published as YA, apparently, but I will be assigning it to my class for its hella resonance.
Sara Salem
Aug 21, 2015 Sara Salem rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this!
Tholl Pascale
Sep 21, 2013 Tholl Pascale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je vous conseille de lire « Kiffe kiffe demain » pour sa valeur socioculturelle parisienne et son style naturel frappant. Mais ne le choisissez pas pour une lecture de classe : trop « rude ». Cela signifie « dur » en verlan.

J’ai lu avec plaisir les fiches de travail de Gabriele Rüger-Groth dans l’article « les jeunes débutants à la découverte de la littérature » ainsi que celles d’Andreas Nieweler « C’est en lisant qu’on devient un bon scripteur ». J’y ai pris plaisir parce que je trouve ces mat
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Laura
Feb 04, 2017 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un romanzo davvero molto significativo,mi ci sono immedesimata in alcuni aspetti della mia adolescenza,anche se questa ragazza ha vissuto una storia parecchio più complessa e difficile: in un paese lontano dalle sue tradizioni,sola con la madre in qualche modo "reietta",con difficoltà economiche costrette perciò ad affidarsi alla carità e all'aiuto di altri. A mio parere Questo testo sarebbe da far leggere a scuola.
Louise Bray
May 19, 2017 Louise Bray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Kiffe kiffe demain n'a pas d'intrigue, il s'agit de la vie quotidienne d'une jeune fille marocaine dans la banlieue. Normalement je n'aime pas les livres sans intrigue, mais en fait j'ai bien apprécié celui-ci. C'était intéressant de voir le cycle apparemment sans fin des banlieusards et des musulmanes en France, surtout aujourd'hui quand il existe tant de racisme après les attentats terroristes. Ce n'était pas absolument incroyable, mais c'était intéressant et facile à lire.
Priscila Carvalho
Mar 12, 2017 Priscila Carvalho rated it it was amazing
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Helynne
May 15, 2009 Helynne rated it really liked it
Kiffe Kiffe Demain by Faiza Guène (b. 1985), a daughter of Algerian immigrants to France, was a surprise best-seller in France in 2004, and already has been translated into English. This novel is the story of a young Beur (an Arabic-based word meaning French-born people of North African descent) girl negotiating the Parisian maelstrom. The heroine, 15-year-old Doria, lives with her illiterat, Moroccan-born mother in a poor and violence-ridden HLM (government-subsized low-income houseing) in sub ...more
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Faïza Guène is a French writer and director. Born to parents of Algerian origin, she grew up in Pantin, in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris. She attended Collège Jean Jaurès followed by Lycée Marcelin Berthelot in Pantin. She began studies in sociology at Université Paris VIII, in St-Denis, before abandoning them to pursue writing and directing full-time.

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