Where The Streets Had A Name
by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Dream Of The Past, A Dream For The Future!
Hayaat is not your average thirteen year old; she will break laws and risk her life, and all for her ill grandmother.
Hayaat has grown up in Bethlehem but it is not where she was born. She is a Muslin and also a Palestinian, but most importantly she is a girl, a child living under occupation in the West Bank. Her life is a mixture of good days; going to school or skipping it to spend time with her friend Samy, and bad days; being locked in her home during curfew with her family for days on end.
The past is a scary place for many, filled with loss and heartache, and Hayaat has not been spared from this; she carries the scares of the past with her. People cling to their memories and to each other to survive, but despite all there is love and life, shopping and gossip. Although for many the future seems bleak and devoid of hope, life goes on, and so does their dream for freedom.
This is a story that is not often told. It is about more then just survival, it's about hope, and courage, and the enduring human spirit. A simple yet beautifully written story that is incredibly moving and passionately honest.
Price (AU): $16.99
Recommended age: 13+
In a word: Hope
Re-read it: possibly
Star rating: three out of five