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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,100 ratings  ·  225 reviews
A startlingly sassy coming-of-age tale that realistically imagines the time when a girl feels she's on the outside, looking in. In the case of Doria, Guene's 15-year-old narrator, it is all too true. A child of Moroccan immigrants in France, the bellicose Doria is a cynical Muslim teenager in a Parisian suburb. Abandoned by her father, she and her mother inhabit a small ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Definitions (Young Adult) (first published 31st 2004)
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Fabian
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 & sharing. I wanna thank an old friend whose favorite book was the French version of this exquisite novel. Definitely 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 ...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'
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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.
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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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
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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 ...more
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. ...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.
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
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
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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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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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 ...more
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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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 & ...more
Zach
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Hannah
Great! Not technically published as YA, apparently, but I will be assigning it to my class for its hella resonance.
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
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MC Dotson
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for an MFA class, and am really glad to come across this author! It helped to learn about the historical and cultural context that the story is written in. It takes place in Paris and its notorious suburban housing projects, which are filled to this day with immigrants and people of color from France’s many former colonies around the world. The characters in this story have come from the Muslim North African nations of Morocco, Tunisia, and especially Algeria. Though this a ...more
Kristin Lems
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and fiery coming of age novella with an upbeat ending, when she turns 16 and it seems she is getting a little traction in her life (including a sincere boyfriend who once tutored her in school). Working class Magrebin Paris is the setting and the anger at the exclusion of North African youth from beautiful France is not muted - she's pissed! But she's also pissed at the relentlessly misogynist immigrant Muslim culture, which results in middle aged fathers like her own dumping their wife when ...more
John Vanderslice
Heard about this book and this writer at a conference I attended recently. It sounded like, and turns out it's true that, Guene is inserting into a western literature a much needed new voice. Specifically the voice of the younger, urban, immigrant underclass just surviving in and around Paris. Doria, the adolescent protagonist of the novel, is a young woman of Algerian descent living with her mother in the projects just outside of Paris. (The father has abandoned the family.) Like any adolescent ...more
Michelle
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is written in such an authentic voice that I can hear the narrator speaking to me, as if she were a friend sitting next to me or on the phone. She is an imaginative friend at that, spinning off relatable tangents that invite me into her world, the world of a fifteen year-old girl with a single mom who rages half-heartedly against her father, her schooling, the world. It is a clever story, a vignette of the difficulties of the real world, told with a hint of naïveté - not in the ...more
Sue Kozlowski
I read this book as part of my quest to read a book written by an author from all 169 recognized countries in the world. The author of this book is an 18 year girl of Algerian parents who grew up in the projects of northeast Paris.

This book introduced me to some of the poorer sections of Pairs - when one thinks of Paris, they think of the Eiffel tower and the wealthy residents. This book describes the suburb of Pantin, where many poor immigrants from North Africa reside.

Doria is a daughter of a
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Lisa Lucie
This book is enjoyable but forgettable. It gives a good representation of French suburbs - or I suppose it does, and I enjoyed Doria's cynical tone all way through. However, there is nothing very substantial in the story and this is my main problem with this book. It just exists, no more, no less. None of it was particularly relatable, probably because I am not the targeted audience. Saying that, it wasn't awful either and I had quite a good time reading it in one sitting, but I will have ...more
Riikka
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book reads almost like the protagonist's journal. Doria doesn't let anyone get close, least of all the reader and concentrates mainly on describing the world around her. There isn't much joy in the life in the suburbs, especially when you're poor. However, even when things look bad, there's still some hope on the horizon.

I really liked this book and I'm glad I managed to find it in my local library. The main character's voice sounded genuine and even though her tone was very wry it was also
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B K McIntire
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast and funny, but with depth and heart

Faiza Guene is a young author whose first novel is a hit with me. Her writing is funny, moving and believable. I hope this is the first of many books for her.

Rifat Islam
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting account of a first-generation French girl living in the isolated "banlieues." Also an interesting look into Maghrebi/North African culture in France today, and the complications of economic inequality in French society.
Erik
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great YA book but good for adults as well. This narrator is likable and we get a realistic view of her life as a teen growing up with an immigrant mother in the rough suburbs of Paris. Funny and real.
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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"
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“be blond. I know, they're shitty prejudices. There must be Russian brunettes out there with names that are super simple to pronounce, so simple you'd shout them out for no other reason than the fun of saying such an easy name. I guess there even could be some Russian girls who have never laced up a pair of skates in their life.” 0 likes
“Sometimes I try to imagine how I'd be if I were Polish or Russian instead of Moroccan ... Maybe I'd do ice dancing, but not in those cheapskate local competitions where you win chocolate medals and T-shirts. No, real ice skating, like in the Olympics, with the most beautiful classical music, guys from all over the world who judge your performance like they do at school, and whole stadiums to cheer even if you go splat like a steak.” 0 likes
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