The Good Daughter
Fifteen-year-old Sabiha has a lot to deal with: her mother's mental health issues, her interfering aunt, her mother's new boyfriend, her live-in grandfather and his chess buddy, not to mention her arrogant cousin Adnan. They all want to marry her off, have her become a strict Muslim and speak Bosnian.
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by Amra Pajalic (Goodreads Author)
Fifteen-year-old Sabiha has a lot to deal with: her mother’s mental he…more
Fifteen-year-old Sabiha has a lot to deal with: her mother’s mental health issues, her interfering aunt, her mother’s new boyfriend, her live-in grandfather and his chess buddy, not to mention her arrogant cousin Adnan. They all want to marry her off, have her become a strict Muslim and speak Bosnian.
And Sabiha’s friends are not always friendly. She gets bullied by girlfriends and is anxious about boyfriends, when she just wants to fit in. But two boys, Brian and Jesse, become the allies of this fierce and funny girl.
The Good Daughter is a coming-of-age novel written with sensitivity and humour. It confronts head-on the problems of cultural identity in the day-to-day lives of teenagers. Amra Pajalic has a wonderful ear for idiomatic dialogue and the dramatic moment.
The Good Daughter won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature's Civic Choice Award, and was a finalist in the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award. Prior to publication it was shortlisted in the 2007 Victorian Premier's Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript.
‘A raw and honest story about duty and the desire to run free. A strong new voice in Australian fiction.’
‘I love The Good Daughter. It had me in stitches. Hilarious, poignant, gutsy and real.’ RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH
‘Funny, sharp and insightful.’ SIMMONE HOWELL [close]
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I am always hesitant to compare novels but in this case I think a comparison is helpful to give you a good feel for the vibe and quality of the novel. When I think about The Good Daughter it is easy to compare it to Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi and Randa Abdel-Fattah's Ten Things I Hate About Me
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The novel could be about that immigrant story and nothing else. That narrative arc would be sufficient for a well written, coming of age, young adult novel, which this book is. But I’m a greedy reader so I loved the fact that The Good Daughter took me somewhere else, led me into other darker places, without losing its core focus on i...more
What interested me most about The Good Daughter was the way Amra Pajalic explores Sammie’s struggle between the traditional Bosnian-Muslim beliefs of her family whilst navigating adolescence in contempor...more
The Good Daughter share some of the identity and cultural conflict themes found in Looking for Alibrandi and Does My Head Looks Big In This but failed to be as good a read. I had real problem with the story flow. I did not like most of the characters. While I empathise with the main character situation, I could not bring myself to like her. I...more
Not the best book in this genre I have read, but definitely a worthy addition.