Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah
What I liked about this book was that its main issue is how to fit in with a culture that’s completely different from your family at home. Jamilah Towfeek dyes her hair blond , wears blue contacts lenses and calls herself Jamie at school to disguise her Lebanese-Muslim heritage from the kids at her high school. Although she’s not ashamed about who she is, the cool students at school make fun of anyone who looks “ethnic.” (Can you imagine that happening at BHS? We’d all be making fun of ourselves!) While surfing online, Jamilah befriends a local boy and realizes that she can be herself and have people like her for who she really is. Her school and home identities collide when her band is asked to play at the school’s formal dance. Does she have the guts to show her classmates who she really is??? Read Ten Things I Hate About Me to find out!