Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Hate Is Such a Strong Word

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Hate Is Such a Strong Word

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Title: Hate is such a strong word

Author: Sarah Ayoub

Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers, Australia, 2013

Hate is such a strong word is Sophie's story as she tackles the hardships of being a Lebanese teenage girl: boys, overbearing parents and stereotypes. In Year 12, most students would be studying, going out with friends and enjoying their last bit of dependence, but here Sophie is stuck inside because of her father's views on 'good Lebanese girls'. She is not allowed to leave the house unless he knows exactly where she is going, how long she will be and the company she is keeping; he believes he is protecting his daughter and his reputation.

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While this may be a work of fiction, the novel has a very real background. In 2005 Sydney's beaches played an unwilling host to the Cronulla Riots where Anglo Australians and Lebanese Australians waged a brutal and intense race war against each other. Many were injured in this particular brawl, creating headlines in news bulletins for weeks. It perpetuated more stereotypical views towards Lebanese Australians and left the connections between Anglos and Lebanese tense. …

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