Ten Things I Hate About Me Author Randa Abdel Fattah
Ten Things I Hate About Me Author Randa Abdel-Fattah am Book Randa Abdel Fattah was born in Sydney in 1979 She is a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage She grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic primary school and Islamic secondary college where she obtained an International Baccaularetate She studied Arts Law at Melbourne University during which time she was the Media Liaison Officer at the Islamic council of Victoria, a role which afforded her the opportunity to write for newspapers and engage with media institutions about their representation of Muslims and Islam.During university and her role at the ICV, Randa was a passionate human rights advocate and stood in the 1996 federal election as a member of the Unity Party Say No To Hanson Randa has also been deeply interested in inter faith dialogue and has been a member of various inter faith networks She also volunteered with different human rights and migrant resource organisations including the Australian Arabic council, the Victorian migrant resource centre, Islamic women s welfare council, Palestine human rights campaign, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, to name a few.Randa has used her writing as a medium for expressing her views about the occupation of Palestine Her articles about Palestine, Australian Muslims and the misunderstood status of women in Islam have been published in the Australian, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Canberra Times, New Matilda, Le Monde France.Randa is frequently sought for comment by the media on issues pertaining to Palestine, Islam or Australian Muslims She has appeared on SBS s Insight, ABC s First Tuesday Book Club, ABC s Q A, Channel 7 s Sunrise and Channel 10 s 9am.Randa is also a regular guest at schools around Australia addressing students about her books and the social justice issues they raise Randa has also been a guest at Sweden s Gothenburg and Litterlund book festivals 2007 and 2008 and Kuala Lumpur s Book festival 2008 She has also toured in Brunei and the UK.Randa lives in Sydney with her husband and their two children She works as a litigation lawyer.. Randa Abdel Fattah s new novel about finding your place in life and learning to accept yourself and your culture.At school I m Aussie blonde Jamie one of the crowd At home I m Muslim Jamilah driven mad by my Stone Age dad I should win an Oscar for my acting skills But I can t keep it up for much longerJamie just wants to fit in She doesn t want to be seeRanda Abdel Fattah s new novel about finding your place in life and learning to accept yourself and your culture.At school I m Aussie blonde Jamie one of the crowd At home I m Muslim Jamilah driven mad by my Stone Age dad I should win an Oscar for my acting skills But I can t keep it up for much longerJamie just wants to fit in She doesn t want to be seen as a stereotypical Muslim girl, so she does everything possible to hide that part of herself Even if it means pushing her friends away because she s afraid to let them know her dad forbids her from hanging out with boys or that she secretly loves to play the darabuka Arabic drums.. Bestseller Book Ten Things I Hate About Me 3-1/2 stars, rounded downWhen Jamilah Towfeek started at a new school in grade seven, she saw a chance to change other people’s perception of her from “ethnic” (and possibly “terrorist”) to plain old “Australian.” So she dyed her hair blond, got blue contact lenses, and told everyone her name was Jamie. Now in grade ten, that decision is starting to wear on her. Racism is loud and proud in her school hallways, but how can she speak out when she’s spent so long hiding her identity and muzzling her voice? I mostly loved this book (so maybe my review should have aimed for Ten Things I Love, but I’m not sure I could fill out the whole list). Jamilah has a great voice, and sounded genuinely 15 years old, with a mix of maturity and childishness. She wants to do the right thing, but struggles to figure out how she can both be honest and protect herself from the cruelty and hatred expressed by some of her classmates. She also wants to be closer to people -- both her family and her friends -- but is smacked in the face by the wall formed by keeping secrets and compartmentalizing her life. I’ve rounded this down a star because while it’s a fast, fun read, full of sunshine and humor, it’s also a bit heavy-handed in its message about being yourself and not letting the buzzards grind you down. It seems like every three pages or so, this lesson gets pointed out to be sure the reader doesn’t miss it. The plot is also fairly predictable, so the tension is situational rather than a consistent story arc. I do recommend it, though. It won’t take up much of your time, and its observations and message of authenticity in one’s life are always timely. Depressingly, the story’s focus on resentment towards immigrants, and suspicion of Muslims in particular, seems especially timely worldwide right now. This book does what it can to help defuse some of that.