Na'ima B. Roberts is here today with a Teenage Garage Sale post courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, Boy vs. Girl. Thank you for being here today Na'ima! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
My father’s vintage 70s green pinstriped suit with the flared trousers and wide lapels - I wore the hey out of that baby!
My baggy green jeans and Doc Marten copies - unique in all Harare!
Head Girl badge - I went to a school that was modelled on a British private school and was appointed Head Girl in my final year, a position I relished and tried to use to truly improve my school and leave a legacy - it didn’t quite end that way though! I attempted a coup d’etat and was struck off the yearbook instead!
My school copy of Macbeth - complete with pencil-written notes dating back to the 1970s.
My trusty Dark’n’Lovely hair relaxer kit - I went through a phase of relaxing my hair to within an inch of its life - so glad those days are over now!
A copy of Nigerian playwrite, Ola Rotimi’s play ‘Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again’ - I was curiously drawn to this play and read it over and over again.
My library copy of Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ - a much-treasured introduction to African literature.
What a great list of item's, Na'ima! Thank you for being here today!
Farhana and her brother Faraz may be twins but they are on different paths. Their grandparents came to Bradford 40 years ago but their family remains devoutly Muslim. While Farhana risks being ostracised by her classmates for taking Ramzan seriously and adopting the hijab, Faraz is getting involved in a local gang led by 'Da General' Imran. This powerful second novel by the author of From Somalia With Love explores the idea of honour (Izzat in Arabic and Urdu) and what it means to different generations. A powerful idea that has been used to justify dreadful abuses such as forced marriages and 'honour' killings, new generations of ex-patriate Pakistanis have to re-evaluate its importance as they seek to straddle traditional and modern ways of life.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.