I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister
Sisters Sohane and Djelila wanted to live freely. They wanted to go to school and have friends that they could laugh with. Most of all, they wanted to love and protect each other.
But some things don't come so easily.
Both born in France in a Muslim community, they each decided on very different paths: Sohane chose to become more religious by wearing a head scarf, and Djelila veered toward the more secular by wearing make-up and drinking alcohol. The school district then expelled Sohane for wearing the scarf and Dejlila got harassed by a local gang for not following Muslim customs. Slowly, Sohane and Dejilia began to hate each other for putting themselves in constant danger for choices that they thought could easily have been changed.
"I LOVE I HATE I MISS MY SISTER was an emotional read that shows what it can mean to be a sister and a best friend."
After Djelila’s death, Sohane looked back over the past year to try to understand her sister better. Why did Djelila have to provoke the gang? Why did she have to wear tight jeans and short jackets? But mostly, how could life go on?
I LOVE I HATE I MISS MY SISTER was an emotional read that shows what it can mean to be a sister and a best friend. Amelie Sarn did a wonderful job creating such a thoughtful story about dealing with loss. However, it was hard to get into because the book was translated from French and some of the language seemed awkward or unclear, which was distracting --- it broke my joyful trance of being immersed in good fiction. Otherwise, I was still able to lose myself in the complex characters and the compelling story. This is definitely a book that I would have loved to have read in its original French format.
Reviewed by Maya B., Teen Board Member on August 7, 2014