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.
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
It's not just because these novels also feature a non-Caucasian protagonist or a lively multi-cultural cast ~ it is the simila ...more
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
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 ...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.
The novel is by an Australian author and set in St Albans in Melbourne's west.
It was personally relatable to me and presented issues that were familiar in my own high school experience.
Sabiha, the main protagonist, deals with identity, sexuality, fitting in with her family and finding the right friends. She is conflicted with her Australian and Bosnian culture. The novel deals with gender roles, religion, culture, mental illness and growing up.
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 ...more