Asking for It: Why We Need Talk About Rape Culture

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Asking for It is an Irish young adult literature written by Louise O’Neill in 2015. Honestly, I’ve never read an Irish literature before, and this book blew my mind.

Review below may contain spoiler.

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Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

This Abdel-Fattah’s first debut novel was published in 2007. Does My Head Look Big in This? tells a story about a sixteen-year-old Palestinian-Australian-Muslim teenage girl named Amal who lived in Melbourne. At the age of sixteen, Amal decided to become a full-timer. Full-timer means Amal wearing hijab whenever she went to public places, and not just to school. Amal was once attended Islamic school until 10th grade. However, because the school couldn’t provide higher grades for the students, Amal continued her high school in a private school, McCleans.

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Menolak Tumbang by Lies Marcoes

For those who have concerns in human (and women’s) rights and gender I recommend this book, A Journey Against Defeat: Narration of Women’s Rejection of Poverty (2014) by Lies Marcoes.

This book is actually written in Bahasa Indonesia with the title Menolak Tumbang: Narasi Perempuan Melawan Pemiskinan, then it was translated into English as the launching were taken place in two countries: Indonesia and Australia.

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I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amelie Sarn

I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister is a French novel by Amelie Sarn and translated into English by Y. Maudet. This book is a short read, not even 150 pages long, but it carries global issues that related to culture, diversity, diaspora, hate crime, even Islamophobia.

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Who Asked You by Terry McMillan

Its witty title represents the novel’s fresh, original, funny, yet touching idea and story. Who Asked You? (2013) by Terry McMillan is a novel that highlights the life of a middle-aged African-American woman named Betty Jean Butler who works as a room service at a hotel in Los Angeles. Sounds not interesting, huh? Wait a minute!

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Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Okay, first of all, I was utterly, unbelievably frustrated reading this book. I was getting too emotional, I felt anger was boiling inside me.

Congratulations and thank you, Aisha Saeed, Written in the Stars is painfully beautiful. This is a great piece of writing that you will never want to put it down. Great story, great plot and twists, strong characters, and important issue that anyone should be aware of.

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The Life of A Banana by PP Wong

“After I read a good book, I have a hard time coping with reality.”

I was still pretty drunk, even after I have finished reading The Life of A Banana around 30 minutes ago. My heart keeps telling me, “Write it up, write it up” before I am sober again (from a book hangover, yeah I know, total nerd).

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