Sabiha's Dilemma Reviews

‘... would be excellent for class study as it concerns matters of modern Australian multiculturalism, the question of belonging and issues of identity. ’ FICTION FOCUS

‘... a candid, insightful story and a realistic portrayal of a teenager in crisis.’ MAGPIES

‘A funny and challenging debut novel that has been described as the Bosnian answer to Looking for Ali Brandi. Is a gritty and enjoyable novel, at times unflinching and dramatic.’ CANBERRA TIMES

‘... debut novel from new Melbourne author Amra Pajalic and it’s one you won’t want to miss! It’s a funny and honest story about Sahiba, a teen girl growing up in Melbourne’s western suburbs who’s trying to deal with family traditions and her own desire to do what she wants. (5 stars).’ GIRLFRIEND MAGAZINE

‘Amra Pajalic writes with such honesty every young adult will empathise with her… While dealing with some ordinary “stuff” Pajalic’s observations are sincere and often hilarious.’ BENDIGO ADVERTISER

This multi-cultural story is frustrating, funny and sad with an ending that promises there is still much more to tell about Sabiha’s life. I hope so. Loved it. Want more!‘ THE READING STACK

‘Insightful… A spirited debut novel.’ HERALD SUN

‘Written with a light and comic touch… Pajalic brings a fresh voice to Australian Young Adult fiction through a funny, endearing, tough and ultimately resilient, first-person narrator.’ VIEWPOINT

‘Rewarding, poignant and occasionally chuckle-out-loud funny.’ BOOKS BUZZ

‘A raw and honest story about duty and the desire to run free. A strong new voice in Australian fiction.’
MELINA MARCHETTA

‘It had me in stitches. Hilarious, poignant, gutsy and real.’ RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH

‘Funny, sharp and insightful.’ SIMMONE HOWELL

'Amra Pajalic’s portrayal of what it means to be a teen growing up in Australia and caught between two cultures is spot on! There were times where I was sure she must have read my journals from my own youth. Told with honesty, tenderness, simplicity, wit and subtle wisdom, it’s one of the stand out young adult novels I have read in many years and my own teen loved it too.' TESS WOODS