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Rebels by Accident quotes Rebels by Accident , litcharts Rebels by Accident , symbolism Rebels by Accident , summary shmoop Rebels by Accident , Rebels by Accident 6db26148 A Troubled Teen Sent To Cairo Finds Revolution Is Everywhere, Including In OurselvesWhen My First Party Ends In Jail, I Think Things Can T Possibly Get Worse But Then My Parents Send Me To My Grandmother In Cairo, And I M Sure My Life Is Over My Sittu Is Darth Vader S Evil Sister, And I M Sure The Only Sites I Ll Get To See In Egypt Are The Rooms In Her ApartmentTurns Out She S Not So Bad We Ride Camels By The Pyramids And Ice Skate At A MallAs Sittu Says, Sometimes A Moment Can Change Your Life But It Can Change The Life Of A Country Too When A Girl Named Asmaa Calls The People Of Egypt To Protest, I Find Myself In The Middle Of A Revolution, Running From Tear Gas And GunsOh Yeah, And I Meet The Cutest Guy I Ve Ever Seen Fall In Love For The First Time And Have My First Kiss Miriam Is Desperate To See What It Feels Like To Be Part Of The Inside Crowd If Only For An Evening It S That Fateful Night That Lands Her In The Middle Of A Series Of Explosive Events That Change Her Life And Those Of Millions Worldwide This Is A Story That Will Open Hearts And Minds Carole Geithner, Author Of If Only


10 thoughts on “Rebels by Accident

  1. says:

    The main reason I decided to read this book and requested it at Netgalley was because of the storyline As many of you well, should know it is obvious I am Egyptian And I had spent some time in Egypt during the events of the 25th of January, but had to go visit my parents in Kuwait before it got dangerous It was weird being so far from your family and friends and having no way to contact them, completely terrifying really, and not the holiday we d all hoped for obviously Let me tell you, watching from the sidelines was not fun So I was intrigued, since the author did not appear to be Egyptian, and I had hoped it wasn t one of those books where they just serve in stereotypes about Arabs whilst not knowing much about them But this book was well researched and so I was glad for that.This book is about Mariam, an Egyptian girl who was born in the States and thinks of it as home, hating everything that reminds her of her Egyptian background That includes her name, her looks and her family s peculiar habits She hates it all and longs to be freed of her dad s strict reign Only, one day things go too far with her in a party she wasn t supposed to be at and as punishment, her father decides to send her to Egypt to stay with her grandmother for a bit with her bestfriend Deanna, there they both embark on a journey neither had ever anticipated One where they join the point of anger a whole country faces, making them be a part of something big, and belonging in it.One thing that bothered me was the part where the luggage was thrown on the floor In Cairo there are 2 airports, they re called the new airport and the old airport Never have I gone to either where your bags were just thrown on the floor for you to gather up.Other than that, the book was great I am one of those people whose parents weren t so fond of life in Egypt and decided to live abroad instead Dad had a choice between France and Kuwait, and chose Kuwait because he wanted us to be raised in an Arab and Muslim country, so we had the values engraved in us as we grew up Unfortunately for Mariam, her dad didn t make the same choice, causing the identity crisis and gap between the cultures to form an overload for her In any other regard though we were the same, I never felt like I belonged in Egypt, I hated every minute of it and thought my parents absolutely overbearing Frankly, I couldn t wait for the day to go out.I really liked this part Deanna makes us take about a dozen pictures of her and the Sphinx from all different angles Right profile Left profile Foot to paw I m going to put these all over Facebook, Deanna says Didn t Beth or was it Karen call me Sphinx Face It was Karen They didn t mean it as a compliment, Deanna Of course not But I like it Look how amazing this thing is, she says.Why do I like this part Because yes, the Sphinx is amazing That s honestly how I felt like the first time I saw him, I was so enthralled and in awe of him I had to be practically dragged away.I am so glad to have read a book that put a new perspective on people during the revolution, especially from a non Egyptian I could relate so much to Mariam, and the only time I ever felt like belonging to Egypt were in those moments of the revolution, one where we were all united with hopes of a better future I enjoyed the thorough research, the plausible scenarios, and the use of Arabic especially colloquial in the book, it added an extra charm to it.Long story short, a journey of a girl searching to find a meaning in life, fitting in to an aspect of her life she d never thought possible, and growing up.I enjoyed this book very much and would absolutely recommend it.Rating 3 5


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    This review is also on my blog, The Library Canary I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This has in no way changed my opinion of the book The review below is my open and honest opinion I requested this book because of the interesting topic and setting I m calling this historical fiction, but this is pretty recent historical fiction, as these events just happened in 2011 I was excited to learn about this time in Egypt s history as well as experience a different setting from the usual insert U.S city here that typically occur in YA.But ultimately this book fell completely flat for me Here s what I didn t like 1 The main character Mariam was literally one of the most annoying people I have ever met She was constantly hating on herself, her religion, her people, her country I get having insecurities about yourself and being uncomfortable that your family is different, but this girl just took it to the extreme Her blatant jealousy of her friend was over the top and seemed both exaggerated and clich.2 The setting Egypt is an awesome setting So why do I feel like we weren t in Egypt None of the descriptions in this book transported me to Egypt Even when they went to visit the pyramids, it just felt like a fun outing The magic of Egypt and the difference in culture wasn t captured.3 Instalove Oh my gosh, you guys There was so much freaking instalove in this book Instalove for the main character Instalove for the best friend Even instalove for the freaking Grandmother I m surprised that my eyes aren t permanently stuck in the back of my head from all the eye rolling I did in this one.4 Mariam s friend, Deanna Deanna just seemed so fake to me She complained about stupid American tourists, but then she acted like a stupid American tourist A protest We have to go to that It ll be so fun Fun Are you kidding me No, you just sound ignorant.5 Mariam s parents decision to send her to Egypt This makes zero sense to me Her parents are super strict and super overprotective They know there is dissent in Egypt right now It s not a secret So where do they send their daughter Directly into all that political dissent Into a country that they know beats and tortures their prisoners This decision just didn t seem to make any sense to me.What I liked 1 The historical aspect where we got to know about the revolution The sense of hope as the people protested I liked Hassan s sister And Asmaa, the girl who made the video It was these minor characters who we only saw for five seconds that captured me They showed extreme courage I don t know that I could ever risk getting arrested and tortured for the sake of my country I m not sure if I would be that brave But these kids were.The characters in this book just kind of killed it for me Not one of them really stood out Most of them either made me cringe or roll my eyes I think the topic is an important one, but it could have been executed much better with improved characterization Still, this book has an average rating on Goodreads of 4.28 stars so maybe it was just me


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    Miriam is 16 years old and the only Egyptian American at her school Her best friend Deanna has a physical diability that prohibits her from smiling Both girls are teased and bullied Deanna, however is able to maneuver through the bullying and is better equipped at defending herself In an attempt to fit in with the crowd, the girls decide to go to a party, but have to do it on the sneak When drugs are reported and the girls are arrested simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the girls are sent off the Miriam s grandmother in Egypt for a cooling off period by her parents Unbeknownst to Miriam s parents, they had just sent their daughter and her best friend into the midst of the most significant movement in modern day Egyptian society, the tumultuous uprisings of the Egyptian Spring protests in January of 2011 In a storyline that covers a mere five days, the girls literally experience the events of a lifetime Dunn, drawing on personal experience, truly knows what it is to be a teenager in the Islamic world She has spent most of her adult life in Egypt and takes the reader on the ride of their life through the modern Egyptian malls, past the ancient wonders, through romantic interludes, past issues of diversity and through the ups and downs of friendships Using Rebels, an originally self published novel, as the perfect literary object to help teens deal with how to become a part of the changing world, Dinn chooses to handle this through the eyes of young Egygtian Moslems who are struggling with the contradictions of today s society I believe diversity is important in all literature, but especially in YA I come from a small town called The Bronx Everyone in my neighborhood was originally from Italy, but we, my family, were the Americans on the block I grew up knowing that I was different, but it was from the stories I read, the books recommended to me by my school and public librarians, that I learned there was a whole world full of people who were different, and different was not bad, it was good, very good quote from I Am a Reader Blog s published interview of author


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    There are not enough words to describe this book, but I guess I will tryHow about awesome Fabulous Mind blowing Can you tell I really liked this book First, I loved this book because of the setting I ve never been to Egypt, but I really felt like I was there touring the pyramids and riding on the back of a camel Dunn did a great job pulling in the Egyptian culture as well, without making it too touristy As a reader, you were able to see so much of the country by pulling in the language and culture Sometimes authors who try and write in other countries or have characters who are diverse, it ends up being forced But with Rebels by Accident, it flowed really well and nothing stuck out and not believable Second, the characters Deanna and Mariam were awesome My best friend since the first grade is named Mariam, so it was fun to see her name in a book I think that Dunn did a great job in characterization The friends mirrored each other perfectly Where Mariam was shy, Deanna took control Where Deanna didn t feel sure of herself, Mariam was there to make her feel better They even fought like best friends would Mariam s grandmother, or Sittu, was also a very lovable character You could really tell she loved her granddaughter Overall, I really enjoyed this book I would recommend it to my middle school students and feel comfortable with them reading it I would also recommend it to the older readers as well Laura


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    This is such an exciting read I started reading it and couldn t put it down The protagonist is likeable and relatable as a young adolescent who transforms into a self assured, confident person who learns to appreciate her cultural heritage It s a contemporary novel, set against the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and Dunn realistically portrays the technological Facebook, twitter, iPhones and cultural and even linguistic OMG usages of teenagers And the friendship between Deanna and Mariam is one of the richest and most realistic in any recent YA novel I ve read.


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    I give it 4.5 stars As a grown up 1st generation American, I could relate to Mariam s feelings of alienation from her peers On the bright side, she had her BFF Deanna to support her when the mean girls of high school brought her down On the other hand, Mariam finds herself battling feelings of jealousy when first her Sittu grandmother and then A Boy both seem to prefer Deanna to her I understand her sense of inadequacy and smallness, but because of the sass with which she tells her story, I empathize, rather than roll my eyes.Dunn weaves an engrossing tale which sometimes had me in unbearable suspense and other times saw me sniveling into a wad of tissues I did wonder at overprotective parents who d send their daughter abroad with just a friend, when she didn t seem to enjoy that much freedom otherwise I also wondered that Deanna s mother would let her go to Egypt to be looked after by a stranger I didn t always understand the actions reactions of Sittu and Deanna, though I did come to enjoy them both and root for them all But these are small things to me, as the story grabbed me from the beginning and made me stay up later at night than I had any right to be.As for Mariam, I don t feel it s correct to call this her coming of age story, as she s still got a lot of growing and learning to do It cheered me to see her embrace her heritage by the end of the book, as well as the responsibilities inherent in being a True Weirdo Lord knows, when the time came for her to perform a very daunting task and act of love , she handled it with a courage and maturity that I doubt I m capable of at the age of 41.So, if you re looking for an engaging read through an historic revolution, you ll take my advices not a typo and pick up Rebels by Accident and read it with your daughters And sons


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    Spoiler alert I was lucky enough to get an advance reading copy of Rebels By Accident , and I m happy I did Mariam, not quite 16, ends up in jail when the police bust a party she s attending with a friend Though she and Deanna are entirely innocent, their parents are naturally furious The next thing Mariam knows, she s on a plane headed for Cairo to stay with her father s mother Deanna is going with her.Deanna is excited to be visiting Egypt, but Mariam is convinced they won t see anything but the inside of her sittu s apartment Sittu, however, is quite a character in her own right The girls discover that she s computer savvy, among other things, and has connections to the young rebels on Facebook and Twitter But, whatever her own opinions, Sittu intends to keep her granddaughters safe Though Deanna longs to go to Tahrir square and join the protests, Sittu has other plans Sometimes, though, fate can intervene If the events toward the end of the book seem melodramatic well, sometimes life just is that way Mariam s voice is clear and often laugh out loud funny The writing, though simple, is evocative I felt Mariam s panic as she searched for Deanna in a mob of protesters or waited in a hospital for word of her Sittu As for Sittu herself, every teen in the world, IMHO, should get to know her and hear her speech to Mariam about holding up her freak flag and waving it It s also true that people we ve only known for a few days or weeks can change us forever, if they are people we love.This is a good book It is warm and clear and humane, and girls who enjoyed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants should love it.


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    After the party Mariam goes to with her best friend, gets busted by the cops, and everyone gets arrested, her parents decided to send her and her best friend Deanna, to Cairo to stay with her with her sittu But on January 25th, the rebellion against President Mubarak changes Mariam s life Will the rebellion change her life for the better Or will it just make things worse Rebels By Accident is an outstanding book because of how the informational book was I learned so much about my country s history While reading this book, I felt so many emotions I cried and I laughed I was concerned on how they perceived egyptians The book made us egyptians seem as if we know english Not all of us know english, and those of who do, are not perfectly fluent in it, like they are in the book I was really captivated by the way Dunn described Egypt itself not egyptians The amount of detail and description that went into the description of Egypt was phenomenal I also enjoyed how they used the arabic language to emphasize things and to also humor the audience Something I would recommend if you are going to read this book is that you will want to do research on President Mubarak, Asmaa Mahfouz, and learn some arabic.A quote I really liked in the book was Banat gareeba, ageeba wa gameela begad This is a quote in arabic In english, this means Truly strange, weird, and beautiful girls.


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    2.5 starsThe concept sounded really cool I honestly don t read a lot of contemporary fiction, unless they look like they ll prompt some kind of soul searching Silent Alarm or really popular The Fault in Our Stars I really expected a lot out of this book, thinking I d at least give it a 4 star rating The concept is a brilliant thing that could have easily gotten a 4 1 2 out of me So was the main character, sassy, slightly insecure Mariam.The problem I had was the fact we re always TOLD what the Mubarak regime does, not SHOWN Also, the book had too short of a time frame to give a real picture of Egypt The true conditions in Egypt are never really experienced by Mariam and Deanna, the main characters Also, the Egyptian characters are kind of flat Sittu is really cool but that s it The guys are hot That s it The only character who had depth was that old guy what was his name I forgot.Other than that, this is a fairly sweethearted coming of age story.


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    After Mariam and Deanna get into trouble for sneaking into a party where there are alcohol and drugs, they are sent to Egypt to spend time with Mariam s grandmother I think this is a good choice for my classroom bookshelf Themes self acceptance, confidence, tolerance


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