Ten Things I Hate About Me

Ten Things I Hate About Me

Book - 2006
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Jamie just wants to fit in. She doesn't want to be seen as a stereotypical Muslim girl named Jamilah, so she does everything possible to hide that part of herself, even if it means keeping her friends at a distance. But when the cutest boy in school asks her out and her friends start to wonder about Jamie's life outside of school, suddenly her secrets are threatened. Now she has to figure out how to be both Jamie and Jamilah before she loses it all...
Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780545050555
Branch Call Number: ABD
Characteristics: 297 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: 10 things I hate about me


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Oct 25, 2016

* This is the first time I've ever read a book that takes place in an Australian high school. Therefore, the setting was interesting for me, although I don't know how true to life this novel actually is.

* The book is a quick and fun read, even though it's totally predictable. It's a bit like a tv sitcom rerun: you've seen it before, but you don't mind watching again.

afzalupal Jul 16, 2014

Great book Im muslim too and I was kinda sad to see all that racism and those stereotypes but the book was mostly about being proud of your heritage and showing who you are

Apr 03, 2014

I haven't finished this book yet, but it is good so far, and I can totally relate! I <3 it! There is so much of prejudice in the United States since 9/11 that I too hate admitting I'm Muslim. It's nice to know I'm not a stupid fool, and other people have gone through this too!

Aug 01, 2013

Jamilah, a high school student in Australia, is trying to hide her Lebanese and Muslim backgrounds from her school friends. Unfortunately, this means that they can’t come over to her place, and because of her father’s strict rules, she can’t go out with them or go over to their houses much. As she struggles to be true to herself and brave the prejudice she is afraid of facing, hijinks ensue. A nice, entertaining read with strong characters and an interesting story.

Apr 05, 2013

the plot and story-line was alright. i loved how i could relate to it since i'm a brown girl myself :) i think i didin't like it as much because i'm more into the sci-fi stuff

ChristchurchLib Jan 02, 2013

"Have you ever hidden something about yourself because of what people might think? Sixteen-year-old Jamilah does it every day. She goes by "Jamie," wears blue-tinted contacts, and bleaches her hair so that no one at her Australian high school will guess her Lebanese heritage, or that she is Muslim. Why? Mostly because the popular students are hateful to anyone they see as different, and they make crazy assumptions - as if all Muslims "fly planes into buildings as a hobby." But living a double life is stressful, and "Jamie" isn't sure how much longer she can keep it up. Read this funny, realistic novel if you like stories about people who straddle different worlds." Teen Scene January 2013 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=586158

Oct 23, 2012

Fun book!

Aug 17, 2012

i thought this book was an absouloute waste of time dont read it! unless u want me bustin down ur door and yelling at u for wasting ur horrible lives on this freakin book!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 24, 2012

this book rlly connects me ...rlly good....

Dec 19, 2011

i really liked the book.

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Jun 30, 2013

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Oct 22, 2012

Jamilah dyes her straightened hair blond wears blue contact lenses and forms only superficial friendships at school to avoid being labeled a "wog" based on her Lebanese heritage. Truth is she loves Lebanese culture and music. When school and her music collide, restrictions from her dad overwhelm, she turns to a new friend on the internet. Coming to trust self and others is a common theme. To thine own self be true especially true here.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 24, 2012

Lebanese-Australian Jamilah, known in school as Jamie, hides her heritage from her classmates and tries to pass by dyeing her hair blonde and wearing blue-tinted contact lenses, until her conflicted feelings become too much for her to bear.


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