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Shortlisted for the 2009 Melbourne Prize, Best Writing Award.

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 Sabih

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 4th 2009 (first published May 1st 2009)
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Nomes
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mate, Amra Pajalic's Aussie YA novel was such a good read.

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

Looking for Alibrandi (Screenplay of a Film) by Melina Marchetta Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah

It's not just because these novels also feature a non-Caucasian protagonist or a lively multi-cultural cast ~ it is the similarities
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Tor
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Good Daughter isn’t a one story novel. Fifteen-year-old Sabiha is growing up in Melbourne as a contemporary Australian teenager and as a Bosnian Muslim daughter.

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
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Nicola Marsh
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Raw, gritty, realistic multi-cultural YA set in my home city Melbourne.

Thoroughly enjoyed.
Well-written.
Steph
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to hear Amra speak at the Melbourne Wrtiers Festival in August 2010 and though I hadn't read her novel before attending her session, I made sure I raced out and bought it afterwards and am so glad I did as The Good Daughter afterwards as it's a really sharp and insightful read.

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
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Vicky
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I finished this book in two days. It is a simple story of a Bosnian refugee family in Melbourne. The main character is a young girl torn between two cultures and struggling with her identity. Maybe there have been more complex books published recently in Australia, such as ' The Slap',or 'Seven types of ambiguity' which touch the issues of the multiculturalism, youth belonging and separation. 'The good daughter,' is a very honest book. The author does not try to sugar-coat the way people feel an ...more
Rebecca
I enjoyed this under the radar #LoveOzYA. I liked the writing and Sabiha's voice jumped off the page making it very readable.
Pat aka Tygyr
This book was part of book bundle titled - Love on the Edge.
Carlo is a Mafia boss who fled Italy to the U.S. His son Massimo is a sick degenerate. His daughter Marissa was used sexually by her family - loaning her out to anyone that could bring more power to the family. Sandro is an Italian soccer star. In America he meets Nia - a female soccer star - and for Sandro it is instant love. They marry and move to Italy. Carlo makes Sandro an offer he cannot refuse. Sandro hopes it is a one time favor
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Lindsey Mcfarlane
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Realistic enough to make me angry with the choices the young women are facing in this book. The characters are drawn lightly but sympathetically, with the fracture lines of a displaced community showing. The parents attempts to reconnect with Islam fail to give the teenagers a sense of identity, and their attempts at strictness seem to make their daughters liars without protecting them from sexual pressure or helping them excel at school I hated to hear about physical violence from teen bullies ...more
Hung
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I started reading this book having noticed its popularity with some of the students at my library. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it as much as I had hope.

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
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Wendy Orr
A very promising first novel, this is a great young adult read, and a fresh, excellent look at the cultural clash experienced by many migrant teens - in this case, fifteen-year old Sabiha, whose mother has recently decided to throw herself into regaining her Bosnian and Muslim heritage. Life is further complicated for Sabiha by her mother's mental illness, and by having to change schools. However, Sabiha's strength makes the book ultimately optimistic.
Book Bazaar
I enjoyed this story of an inner city teenager growing up. It had lots of issues surrounding friendships, sexuality, ethnic idenitity and particularly families and mental illness. A recommended read for 15year old girls.



Not the best book in this genre I have read, but definitely a worthy addition.
Veronica
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, Adnan. I think you'll like this book.
Tobi Evangelisti
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Rennai
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: real-life-drama
Plenty of general teenage angst along with cultural conflict. I'm sure students with Eastern European back grounds (and other cultural backgrounds) will make connections with Sabiha and her difficulties balancing between her Aussie up-bringing and her family's Bosnian/Muslim background. Throw in mental illness and sexuality questions (among the rest of the "issues") and you have ALOT of things happening in this book. It is confronting at times but I think young adults will enjoy its honesty (it ...more
Kat Foster
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved reading this!
Declan Melia
May 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Another day another teen fiction novel.

This is a surprisingly complicated story of Sabiha, teenage girl who's secular mother takes a sharp right turn back towards Islam, the religion she disavowed when she came to Australia. It's not an untypical story of the kind of tensions felt by teenagers with a foot in two cultures, but it is a direct, honest and – at times – an unabashedly confronting one. Pajalic takes her (presumedly young) readers seriously and we don't get easy or expected answers or
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Amra Pajalic is an author and teacher. Her debut novel The Good Daughter (Text Publishing, 2009) 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. She is also author of a novel for children ...more