Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Read Harder Challenge - A book that was originally published in another language

I Love I Hate I Miss My SisterI Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amélie Sarn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was originally written in French and I think some of the translations caused for some awkward phrases. Besides the translation issues, this book was a quick read and an interesting read.  

Sohane and Djelila are sisters. They are both close and distant with each other. While physically they live in France, they inhabit two different worlds.  Sohane is an observant Muslim while Djelila has embraced a secular lifestyle.  Both girls are facing negative feedback from the community based on their decisions.

Sohane has decided to wear a head scarf. Since head scarfs and veils have been outlawed in France, her school has given her an ultimatum. She can either remove her head scarf while in the building or she must leave school. Sohane decides that correspondence classes will be a better choice for her than attending school.  She doesn't have any friends so it's not a hard choice for her to make.

Djelila is being harassed by a group of boys from their housing development.  They don't like that she doesn't follow the religious law and requirements. Djelila is pushing her limits in trying to be a French teenager living in a very religious community.

Things don't end happily for these sisters.  It's a moving story.

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