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Just Like Tomorrow

by Faiza Guene

You can't help but love Doria as she delivers her take on life on a Paris housing estate. Her future could seem rather bleak - her father has cleared off back to Morocco, she's going nowhere at school and her best friends are a druggy and a psychologist - but Doria doesn't let this get her down. Her voice is upbeat and funny but never cruel - and she sees through hypocrisy with a wisdom beyond her 15 years. Try this and she could just become your new best friend.

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On the school front, term's ended as badly as it began. It's lucky my mum can't read. I mean, lucky because of my school report ... If there's one thing that gets on my nerves, it's teachers competing to write the most original comment about a student. Result: they all end up sounding moronic. The worst I ever got was from Nadine Benbarchiche, our physics and chemistry teacher, who wrote: 'Distressing, a lost cause, the kind of student who makes you want to resign or commit suicide.' I guess she thought she was being funny. But I'm telling you, she was out of order. Yeah OK, so I'm a no-hoper, but she went too far. Anyway, why would I care about what she thinks? She wears a thong.
Translated by Sarah Adams

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Amelie - the film
 

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