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Kiffe Kiffe Demain

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,477 ratings  ·  256 reviews
"The Paradise projects are only a few metro stops from Paris, but here it's a whole different kind of France. Doria's father, the Beard, has headed back to their hometown in Morocco, leaving her and her mom to cope with their mektoub - their destiny - alone. They have a little help - from a social worker sent by the city, a psychiatrist sent by the school, and a thug frien ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 9th 2005 by Le Livre de Poche (first published 2004)
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Fabian
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tres magnifique! What a surprise!

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 & sharing. I wanna thank an old friend whose favorite book was the French version of this unique novel. Definitely my favorite read of the year thus far!
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
“‘Why would he give a shit about voting?’ The guy already has to fight daily just to survive, so you can forget about his duties as a citizen .. If his situation improved a little, maybe he would want to get out and vote.

I wonder if this is why these housing developments are left to decay, because few people around here vote. You have no political usefulness if you don’t vote.”

Our narrator, the very acerbic Doria, is surrounded by culturally ignorant people in her daily life while at home sh
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emma
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
i read this book in a french class in high school, and my fondest (and only) memory of it is that we convinced our friend who wasn't taking french that this was called "Chief Keef Demain," and was a memoir of Chief Keef's time married to his first wife, a french woman (pictured on the cover).

this was four years ago and i am still laughing just thinking of it.

(this is part of a project i pick up every year or so where i review books i read a million years ago because i am stubborn.)
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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
Antonomasia
[3.5] I can see why this is taught in schools (as another reviewer notes, it's a French A-Level text in England), but am surprised, in a good way, that it was longlisted, back in 2007, for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (precursor to the current format of the Booker International).

Translated, it's a very easy read, basically YA, though for a reader of French around A-Level standard, the slang will take a bit of getting used to. Subject-wise, it technically has that realist 'worthiness' c
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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
Meaghan
May 17, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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mimi
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4 stars*

I highly recommend this book to better understand the situation in which many young people who live in the suburbs are, especially the ones in Paris.
Faïza Guène writes her story in a realistic and in a very sweet way, that means the story of a girl who lives in the Paris’ suburbs and go to a school that she doesn't care about, hates her father for what he has done and tries to pull at the end of the month with the mother's meager salary.
The story is characterized by other characters, b
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Stacia
The author wrote this when she was 19 years old and it definitely has a YA simplicity and feel to it. I saw some comparisons to The Catcher in the Rye but I think it may more closely align with S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, both from the standpoint of a young author and for characters who are existing on the margins of society.

My daughter read this early on in college, having a professor for a core class (where the book was read in English) who also happened to be a French professor for my daught
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Jane
Nov 12, 2009 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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Drew
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Marie
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ciara
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 happened ...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 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth
Nov 15, 2006 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Zoe
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat bleak but interesting story, doubly worth reading since the shootings at Charlie Hebdo
Maeve
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to study this for A level French, wasn't a fan then, but having given myself the time to read it properly and understand it, it's not too bad of a book. I'm not a fan of the use of slang but it's good to read it in big chunks as the chapters are quite short. I don't really like the main character, but the story is interesting ...more
Sydney H
For a french book this really wasn’t bad at all but i still hate reading in french so 3 stars it is
Lauren Beaver
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: class
A story about growth and self discovery!!!
Leigh Anne
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book to kiffer, no kif.

Doria is a French teen, born to Moroccan immigrants. Her dad went back home because he wanted a son, and Doria's mom, Yasmina, couldn't have any more children. This leaves the mother and daughter on their own to cope with poverty, anti-immigrant sentiments, social workers, and job-hunting. For Doria there's all the usual teen stuff as well: school, boys, wearing the right clothes, or being mocked for lack thereof. It's a lot to cope with, but Doria's tough, and she and h
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Kelly
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a little gem of a book. This was published adult but has mega YA appeal, as it's about a 15-year-old girl growing up in the projects about half an hour from Paris. She's dealing with her father ditching her and her mother, who is illiterate, as he heads back to Morocco in order to attempt marrying a woman who can sire him a son (that's all that matters in his culture). It deals with urban issues in a way that's cross-cultural, about the challenges of growing up between cultures, and what it ...more
Brook Bhagat
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Literature, by definition, has some wisdom, some meaning beneath the surface; we call it literature and put in on a different shelf because it contains a secret, a way to live as a better or happier human being. One example of such literature is Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, by Faiza Guene.

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, translated from the original French by Sarah Adams, is a coming-of-age story written in the wickedly funny and toughly tender voice of Doria, a Moroccan immigrant living in a crumbling housing pr
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L
I actually really enjoyed this book for the most part. I'm not the best judge of how well written something in French is, but this was very interesting and had its beautiful moments. However, the end just lost my interest. It felt like each of the last few chapters were selecting a character arc and wrapping it up neatly, just for the sake of having everything end, even though a lot of these endings didn't really make sense to me. (view spoiler) ...more
Flora
Dec 20, 2008 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 & int ...more
Zach
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Hannah
Great! Not technically published as YA, apparently, but I will be assigning it to my class for its hella resonance.
Meryem
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 4 stars,even i want to give it 5 stars.
This book talks about a girl ,named Doria .she's fifteen years old,living with her mother _illetirate woman stuck in a dead end job _her father took off back to Morocco in order to marry a fertile woman ,because he wished for a long time a son not a daughter. Due the miserable life Doria is living she was bad at school where all her teachers were seeing her a bit depressed ;so she was obliged to follow sessions with a psychologist Mrs.Burl
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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.

Her first novel, "Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow" w
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