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In a country torn apart by war, a teenage girl blogs her story of family, friendship, and life under American occupation.
In 2004 in Mosul (the third largest city in Iraq), a 15-year-old girl started a blog detailing her life in the midst of the Iraq War. Her journal encompasses the day-to-day trauma the American invasion has caused her city, her family and friends. "Today is like every day in Iraq. No electricity, no fun, and no peace," writes Hadiya (all Iraqi names in the book are pseudonyms). Her struggle against helplessness is agonizing, though her view modulates somewhat over time (her blog is still active, but the book covers her writings only through 2007). "I sense that my country is still beautiful in spite of everything that has happened to it," she says during a hopeful moment. Poems and photographs accompany her thoughts on her academic struggles, Islam and growing up in a war zone; comments from her blog are interspersed, and Hadiya responds to others in several entries ("Another anonymous said, 'You certainly don't deserve this life.' I want to ask you something is this really a life?"). Hadiya's authentically teenage voice, emotional struggles and concerns make her story all the more resonant. Ages 12 up.