Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is the first novel by Faëza Guène, who was only nineteen when it was published in The book was embraced and celebrated in France. Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. Faiza Guene, Author, trans. from the French by Sarah Adams. Harcourt $13 (p) ISBN Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is written by Faïza Guène, a young French woman of Algerian origin, who wrote the book when she was nineteen, and.

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The first-person contemporary narrative, translated from the French, is touching, furious, sharp, and very funny. This tomorrlw novel reads like a quiet celebration within a chaotic ghetto.

In this novel, told in Doria’s fresh, funny, original voice, the projects outside of Paris aren’t just full of rap, soccer, and crime. It struck me how this wouldn’t have seemed anything remarkable in fiction, or a magazine anecdote, 20 or even 10 years ago – although by then a similar reaction to being ‘ravished’ would have been considered off, and bad writing, by many.

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The story is clunky in places, and there were some unanswered questions, but the voice here is powerful, cheeky, and badass. Sa mere d’abord, femme de menage dans un Formule 1 de Bagnolet et soleil de sa vie. Although I haven’t read the French text, it does not seem that Sarah Adams’ translation is missing any of the brilliant wit or originality that was expected from reading reviews. Some contemporary readers may feel that a certain plot point needs more exploration and discussion, especially for teen readers: If you like to look things up as you go, it means that this otherwise very straightforward book might not be the most convenient read for public transport.

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He’s one of those people who think illiteracy is like AIDS. Narrator Doria’s voice may grate for some readers and the ending is perhaps a bit too neat in that YA way. Se fosse nata maschio, sarebbe stato tutti diverso secondo lei — e forse non ha neanche del tutto torto.

But the rich content, beautifully balanced with a great authorial touch, did balance that. The title of this book, Kiffe kiffe demainmust give translators nightmares. I loved watching her interact with a broad cast.

The protagonist speaks in different voices, including filtered and unfiltered depending on who she is talking to Aug 24, Antonomasia rated it really liked it Shelves: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

The curious and open minded.

This is her first book. Children’s books and book reviews – reading resource for kids, teachers, librarians, parents. Winner who calls all the Arabs, like her mother, “Fatma”upside down and shows them how wrong they are. Jan 20, Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: The comparison with Catcher in the Rye and The Invisible Man is as much to suggest that this work deserves to become a French classic.

Hammoudi, a thug living in their apartment building, and Auntie Zorah, an Algerian immigrant, are just a few of the colorful cast of characters in this novel.

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Nabil le nul qui lui donne des cours particuliers et en profite pour lui voler son premier baiser. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The plot is pretty predictable – it is nothing we haven’t read before in other coming-of-age teenage novels – but the voice is so strong the translating of French backslang into British urban slang was a nice touch, I thought that it didn’t matter.

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In the rough Paris housing projects, Doria, 15, a child of Muslim immigrant parents, sets her soap-opera dreams against the grim daily struggle, even as she does sometimes find the bold and the beautiful in herself and in her neighborhood.

This Paris is full of people caught between two countries and, really, two entirely different worlds. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Now she has a whole new motto: It’s also an example of a popular trope of the 90s and 00s, the nerd gets the girl.

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Mom goes to adult literacy training, Doria tries to finish school but has some obstacles along the way. Her voice is cynical and hopeful at the same time, something that is difficult to achieve in writing. Wonderful and fast read because the style is so engaging. We all need to read it to understand jiffe massacre at Charlie Hebdo. The heroine’s economic situation is the polar opposite of Holden Caulfield’s so her cynicism about her future doesn’t come across as a pose.

This is a quick read, it took me like 2. Not technically published as YA, apparently, but I will be assigning it to my class for its hella resonance.