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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Doria, perpetually failing at school, begins a job babysitting a neighbor’s much-adored four-year-old daughter, and Doria’s mother begins literacy courses. I wanna thank an old friend whose favorite book was the French version of this exquisite novel. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention kiffe kiffe kiffe toomrrow tomorrow coming of age back to morocco outside of paris doria lives great book mother french france father guene young perspective projects woman school view ended growing.

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow: A Young Woman’s Portrait of Muslims in France

For all the adolescent POV, the novel is refreshingly unself-centered. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The heroine seemed to jump from pessimism to optimism rather abruptly, rather than growing progressively happier. Honest about the oppression of women and about the prejudice, both ways, Guene also shows those who break free.

A funny, heartfelt story from a wise guy who happens to be a girl. Understandably Doria is angry. How stupid is that? At first, Doria’s life is kif-kif tomorrow. Her father has returned to his Moroccan birthplace to find a new wife who will provide him with the son he so badly wants. Hamoudi, her closest friend, Their lives are moving in different directions, but the bond between them remains. Even more, I loved the inside glimpses I was able to grasp to help me better understand the students I serve.


It’s also potentially educational in that there’s a lot to look up about French pop culture of the late 90s and early 00s, the sort of casual references you might get IRL: We all need to read it to understand the massacre at Charlie Hebdo. Now she has a whole new motto: This is the story of a young Algerian girl who lives in the slums surrounding Paris.

The Paris that Doria inhabits is not the Paris of the movies, the Paris that Yasmina was expecting when she stepped off the boat and set foot in France all those years ago. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. 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.

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This is her first book. This book is basically perfect. Doria kife an Eeyore soul but it so terribly endearing It’s humorous all the way through which makes it very entertaining, it’s tomorrlw my sense of humor.

The book makes sense without knowing all tomotrow references, but I enjoy finding out this sort of stuff. The character of Doria is utterly compelling – belligerant yet vulnerable; cynical yet heart-breakingly naive – I would have happily spent twice the length of the book again inside her head. She’s strong and she deals with everything as it comes along, no matter how hard it is. However, there were a few flaws. Translated, it’s a very easy read, basically YA, though for a reader of French around A-Level standard, the slang will take a bit of getting used to.


Faiza Guene pulls you into her story.

And read it they will, even if it’s only because they’ll be pulled in by kiffr amazing cover art. 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.

There are dark theme: When you emerge, you’ll find yourself missing Doria’s fresh take on things.

The heroine’s economic situation is the polar opposite of Holden Caulfield’s so her cynicism about kicfe future doesn’t come across as a pose. Jan 02, April rated it it was amazing Shelves: Doria is an amazing character, possibly a little like Faiza Guene herself, who also grew up in the projects outside of Paris.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. She has a black sense of humour, a strong moral compass, and wonderful powers of observation. I love coming of age novels, but this protagonist is barely memorable. Her voice is cynical and hopeful at the same time, something that is difficult to achieve in writing.

Quick read, and not boring-per-se, but I didn’t really think that the book was particularly insightful. I loved watching her interact with a broad cast. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

He’s one of those people who think illiteracy is like AIDS. I would especially recommend this to teens. Jan 20, Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: