Ten Things I Hate About Me
Title: Ten Things I Hate About Me
Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
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.
“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 longer…”
Jamie 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).