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Habibi Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1999
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I enjoyed this book because it was not quite a biography, but it thoroughly explained Liyana and her family and everything going on.
While reading the book, I noticed that character development played a huge part. Later, she became very mature about moving to Palestine and understood how her father missed Palestine and the daily life. She developed into a working member of the society. Without character development, the reader would not have been able to understand how Liyana felt throughout her experiences.
Throughout the book, there was a little bias towards the Arabs, but not a lot, which was good because this book shouldn't have any bias. The book was very strong in analyzing the conflict in the region. I didn't feel any bias towards the Israelis or the Arabs while reading this book. I would definitely recommend this book to any teenager who is interested in the Arab-Israeli conflict, who doesn't know the side of any Arab. You get to realize the everyday life of your everyday Arab.Read more ›
I love the way this book was written. It reads like one long, flowing poem (and the short chapters don't hurt, either). The style is so new and refreshing. One of the sentences reads: "In St. Louis, Liyana's room had been painted a deep, delicious color called 'raisin.'" This is an excellent, original book that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
However, some of the issues in Habibi deal with the ongoing hatred and violence between the Palenstinians and Jews, so take that into mind. But if you're looking for action and adventure, I would recommend another book.
All in all, Habibi is a wonderful, fresh book that I think deserves to be read.
But, a few notes for parents of elementary children: The novel begins with a 14 year old girl coveting a second kiss with a boy, and several times throughout the novel the theme of kissing boys comes up again. The romantic part doesn't go beyond kissing, but even there, there's no discussion whatsoever about whether it's wise for 14 year old girls to be kissing their boyfriends, secretly meeting without parents, etc. This is all presented very positively in the book. Physically romantic intimacy outside the care of parental supervision at the age of 14 by the age of 16 will normally lead to more than kissing. Of course, Habibi is not at all unique in this respect, a lot of youth fiction and television are pushing our children to become physically intimate at younger and younger ages, and the sad statistical results in US and other Western societies are unavoidable. I want my daughters and sons to admire characters who encourage them to have higher goals than kissing and boyfriends/girlfriends.
Second, a chapter in the middle subjects the reader to a thick dose of religious relativism, really out of place in the novel--the author abandons the voice of her narrator (a fourteen year old girl interested in kissing) and preaches to her young audience about how all ways to God are equally good, except, of course, formal Christianity of a type that teaches that some people are chosen by God and that some paths do not lead to God.Read more ›
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Lovely writing memoranle characters in a timely story.Published on October 10, 2014 by Marion Miller
Last week, I read the book Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye. This book was different but definatly entertaining. It wasn't my favorite book,nor is it my least. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by Sydni