This review of IraqiGirl puts it well:
Some of Hadiya’s thoughts are universal among teenagers; other concerns stand in sharp contrast to those of her intended American audience. It’s precisely this contrast that will help an American audience empathize with her challenges.
Meanwhile, I may have mentioned that I am, through an odd set of circumstances, a member of my school’s student council. Last night (after about 20 students came to the usually staid and bureaucratic council meeting to speak in favor), the council voted 18 – 0 (with 6 abstentions) to pass my “legislation”:
The Associated Students of Madison supports its LGBT students by supporting the National Equality March on October 11 in Washington, DC, whose single demand is: Equal protection under the law in all 50 states for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Nice! Now time to get rolling on fundraising for the few hundred students who would like to get to DC if only we can get the money!!