This post could also be titled: wherein Cait receives her first ever hard-copy ARC and runs around her room screaming with joy and hugging said book. (I totally should have used that title, eh?)
Sophie Kazzi is in Year 12 at an all-Lebanese, all-Catholic school where she is invisible, uncool and bored out of her brain. While she′s grown up surrounded by Lebanese friends, Lebanese neighbours and Lebanese shops, she knows there′s more to life than Samboosik and Baklawa, and she desperately wants to find it.
Unfortunately, her father has antiquated ideas about women, curfews and the Lebanese ′way′. Bad news for Sophie, who was hoping to spend Year 12 fitting in and having fun – not babysitting her four younger siblings, or studying for final exams that will land her in an Accounting course she has no interest in.
Just when it looks like Sophie′s year couldn′t get any more complicated, Shehadie Goldsmith arrives at school. With an Australian father and a Lebanese mother, he′s even more of a misfit than Sophie. And with his arrogant, questioning attitude, he also has a way of getting under her skin…
But when simmering cultural tensions erupt in violence, Sophie must make a choice that will threaten her family, friends and the cultural ties that have protected her all her life.
Are her hates and complaints worth it? Or will she let go … and somehow find her place?
Sarah Ayoub is a freelance journalist and commentator based in Sydney, Australia. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications including Marie-Claire, Sunday Magazine, Shop Til You Drop, Cleo, Frankie, Yen, Girlfriend and more, and she has spoken at numerous industry events with the Emerging Writer’s Festival, NSW Writer’s Centre, The Walkley Foundation, Vibewire and more.
cait enjoys carrots in hummus. she also enjoys books. her latest thought: there is nothing more exciting then talking about a book you love. currently, she’s been watching ironman 3 and is planning to read wildlife by fiona wood. in her latest step towards world domination, she’s set her laptop screen to look like jarvis.