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I feel that I have been sleeping all my life and I have woken up and opened my eyes to the world. A beautiful world! But impossible to live in.

These are the words of fifteen-year-old Hadiya, blogging from the city of Mosul, Iraq, to let the world know what life is really like as the military occupation of her country unfolds. In many ways, her life is familiar. She worries
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Haymarket Books (first published April 1st 2009)
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Hadia (iraqigirl)
Unable to review it.. since I wrote it !!
This book was brought to my attention by one of my high school students and I can't thank her enough for it. This is a terrific YA book about a young woman who begins a blog about her life in Mosul, Iraq at age 15 in 2004. The topics she covers are the profound and banal, but life isn't very banal when bombs kill people everyday and the family can't go out of their homes. Under the pseudonym, Hadiya, the young woman talks about how life has changed drastically during and after the war. Under Sad ...more
Adolescence sucks.

Mood swings, identity struggles, major life decisions, cloudy thoughts and actions ("Why did I just say that to my bff?"...). Being a "normal" teen is hard enough.

But then add the trauma of war on top of all that, and it's a wonder a youth can survive adolescence without committing suicide.

In this transcript of Hadiya's blog, you clearly see how "normal" she is but how abnormal (well, to us) her life is. In one blog post, she will talk about TV shows, food, a family vacay or a
Dana Burgess
This was a fabulous insight into the war from a teenager's point of view. Certainly it was somewhat anti-American but just what I would expect from any teen anywhere faced with the circumstances. Aside from the war issues and issues that just come from living in Iraq, it was wonderful to see that teens are teens are teens no matter where they live, no matter their religion. There are the same issues with siblings and parents and friends. This book is basically her blog published and I loved when ...more
Sophie Zapoli

This is clearly the blog of a teenager and while at times it seems childish and lacks any literary elements, it makes this story all the more realistic and relatable. Raw, emotional, and completely honest, Hayedi tells the story of the Iraqi war from the unique and insightful perspective of a teenager living there. She speaks of Barbies and bombs, she worries about midterm exams and whether she will live until tomorrow or not, showing that she is just a typical girl being exposed to such indesc
Elena Calvillo
Sep 26, 2014 Elena Calvillo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes to know peoples story in a different country
This book was so good! I enjoyed reading this a lot. I cant imagine facing many challenges while studying and going to school and seeing dead bodies. Now this would affect me too just like it did to her life and family. I respect this girl and i hope she is doing okay. I just wish there was no such thing as war. I understand her feelings. Religion shouldnt matter either. Just because you are muslim does not mean they should be labeled terrorist. Im a christiian qnd i am friends with a muslim. If ...more
Rebecca ~ Silvan Elf  ~
IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq
Completed 4-2-14
4 stars

I love learning about other cultures, so this book was right up my ally! It is hard to believe how often they live without electricity! I was really touched when she was away for a week, and the electricity was on while she was gone. Instead of complaining about not being there, she was thankful the other people in her area had electricity. Really puts things in perspective!

And now I will go on my “how wonderful the first amendment
So interesting. The comparison to Anne Frank is inevitable - but limiting. This book encompasses many (all??) the posts on a blog of the same title, posted beginning with the US invasion in 2004 and continuing through 2007, with a more recent interview. Her pen name is Hadiya, and she was 15 at the start. She is at turns depressed at the increasing violence, angry at the US for ruining her country, and confused what to think, say, plan for her future - but throughout she is honest and plain-spok ...more
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
Reviewed on my blog The Perpetual Page-Turner

How I Got This Book: The people at Haymarket were kind enough to send it to me. This did not affect my opinion or rating of the book.
Rating: 3.5 stars

IraqiGirl is a compilation of blog posts written by an anonymous girl blogging her way through the Iraq War. She shares in her posts the horrors of the war and talks about her life as a teenager in Iraq. She speaks of the typical struggles of any teenager--worrying about exams, friendships, sibling rival
Jennifer Lavoie
This book looks at the Iraq war from a teenage girl's perspective. Hadiya is fifteen years old and living in war torn Mosul. Daily she has to live with car bombs and shooting near her home and school. Family members are killed and friends flee the country. Yet she keeps on blogging. Though she is often pessimistic, can anyone blame her? She sees death around her daily and even her home is not the safest place. School is often called off because of flooding or curfew, but she still studies for he ...more
On the one hand, you have to be ready for the format of this book. It is indeed a blog, with all the unevenness, brevity, and extemporaneity that this implies, especially when it comes from a teenager. On the other hand, this is a remarkable, personal account of the very human effects of war. Hadiya (the author) is in many ways so "normal," concerned with school, friends, her family, and watching the same t.v. shows as Americans. And yet her life is marked by explosions that shatter her windows, ...more
Through her blog, the world was able to see the effects of war on individuals. It's true that what is reported on the news is just a minute detail of what actually happened in her country. Despite her young age, she was able to fight her own battles, that is being a teenager and being in the middle of the war. I've felt terrible and sad that for her the bombings, violence and death are an everyday occurrence. Her pessimism on the future made me want to reassure her that everything will be alrigh ...more
This story is one of the best I've read in a long time, it made me feel free! The story made me feel differently and experience something that is not a part of my life. The book really goes deep, involving a girl who lives in Iraq, Hadiya. The book describes her school and the classes she takes. The conditions she writes about are not good. She needs to change schools and the windows of her house keep breaking because of the explosions. She also has very limited use of electricity and needs to s ...more
Interesting perspective. Greatly appreciate the opportunity to read it.
a book compiled from the blog entries of a young teenage girl living in Iraq. She's honest about her feeling that the Americans are interfering in Iraqi's lives, her pride in being Iraqi and Muslim, her desire for "simple" things like 24-hour electricity and clean water, and silence from the sounds of shelling and bombs. What a fresh and different perspective. The book also includes an interview with her, discussion questions, and a timeline.
For her safety, her real name is not revealed, but "Ha
Interesting reprinting of a teenage girl's blog posts; gives an inside view of the war in Iraq. I was interested in the subject matter and the book is nicely "packaged". However, I was a bit disappointed that the book didn't have more depth and thoughtfulness. Yes, the subjects (war, peace) are quite serious, but the short blog posts from a teenage girl don't seem to delve very deeply. I think my expectations were too high. Plus, a blog post by definition is a short, quick piece - not the depth ...more
A collection of blog entries (and a few other tidbits) from an Iraqi girl during the American occupation of her country. I will say it’s a bit repetitive, but this is one of those books where it’s less about the writing than it is about the experience. This is a chance to see the world and the Iraq war through the eyes of a normal teenager who grew up in a different culture and country. It’s sometimes very nice to step into someone else’s life and get a perspective you would otherwise never have ...more
Iraqi Girl is your typical 15 year old. She blogs about her room, friends,and school while being unaware of the politics that shaper her world. The US invasion of Iraq changes this, and soon Iraqi Girl is blogging about bombs, Bush, and Saddam. The first half of the book is difficult to read because Hadiya was still struggling with her English language skills. In the three years this book covers, we Hadiya's English improve along with an overall maturing into young adulthood.
This is the Iraq part of my around the world challenge.
I couldn't imagine life as a teenager in her country. It is a series of blogs written by an Iraqi teenage girl. It describes how she tries to study hard to go to college but with exams getting cancelled hours before, very little electricity, explosions, people getting hurt, friends leaving the country etc. She shows the war from the other side - something I am ashamed to say I never really thought about.
The book was okay. I felt bad after reading about Hadya's suffering, but I didn't feel any real emotions. Hadiya's posts do not have any depth to them; she merely tells the reader what is going on, and sometimes says a little bit about how she is feeling. The book wasn't that great, and I didn't enjoy it. Maybe that is partly because I had a difference in opinion with Hadiya ... But still. Not extremely interesting, and rather boring at times.
Mrs. Schonour
This book truly is the diary of a teenage girl and it reads like one. I really wish an editor had been involved, but I understand the appeal to publish a diary as is. This book gives a lot of interesting insight into what is going on in Iraq and how the people there feel about things.
Sarah S.
It's always good to look at life through somebody else's eyes, and this collection of blog entries of a girl growing of age during war makes you think about the price civilians pay for wars they didn't want and have no wish to be a part of.
It is interesting during the first third of the book, but one gets bored quickly when hearing about bombings over and over and over. The situation this girl and her people is horrible, yes. However, this book couldn't hold my attention very long.
Originally written as a blog, the author is sincere in her account of how the war affected her. However, because she was a teenager, I frequently found it whiney and shallow. This book should be balanced with other accounts both pro and anti.
At times poignant, at times distracting because of the writing style, this book is, nevertheless, an eye opener to what the US occupation of Iraq is like from an Iraqi's perspective. seen from that light, Saddam Hussein didn't seem that bad.
Sanya Weathers
I give the title credit for being precise - this is the diary of a teenaged girl. A really, really normal one. Her diary is about as readable as mine from that age would have been. I gave up about halfway through.
Book from blog; comparisons to Anne Frank's diary.

"Hadiya's fondest memories are of driving with her dad on starry Mosul nights to buy ice cream. For six years now, going out for ice cream can get her killed."
So far, I'm hooked. I'm reading it at school, so I get to share my favorite passages with the kids. I'm learning so much about real life in Iraq. Very interesting. Honest voice.
I found this book to be very informative as to what life is like in Iraq. Also it gives another side to the story. I feel sad that there can be no peace between our countries.
thinker bell
A book that brings readers to the reality war-torn Iraq and how the war has ravaged families and innocent civilians; from the eyes of a teenage girl.
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