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Publisher's Summary

Meet Osamah Sami: a schemer, a dreamer and a madcap antihero of spectacular proportions whose terrible life choices keep leading to cataclysmic consequences...despite his best laid plans to be a good Muslim boy.
By the age of 13, Osamah had survived the Iran-Iraq war, peddled fireworks and chewing gum on the Iranian black market, proposed 'temporary marriage' not once but three times, and received countless floggings from the Piety Police for trying to hold hands with girls in dark cinemas.
And the trouble didn’t stop when Osamah immigrated to Australia.
As much as he tried to be a good Muslim boy - his father was the lead cleric in Melbourne, after all - life was short, and there were beaches with girls in bikinis to skip school for, a medical degree to fake because the son of a cleric should become a doctor, and an arranged marriage to run away from because his heart belonged to someone else.
Good Muslim Boy is a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir of loss, love and family. It's about what we'll do to live up to expectations - and what we must do to live with ourselves.
©2015 Osamah Sami (P)2016 Bolinda
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sylvia Green on 07-26-17

Funny, heartwarming and one of the best

What did you love best about Good Muslim Boy?

It made me realise we are all the same, naughty boys are naughty the world over, young men have the same fears and worries and family is important

What did you like best about this story?

The journey made by Osamah from a child to adult and all the incredible problems that beset him everywhere.

Which character – as performed by Osamah Sami and David Tredinnick – was your favorite?

Osamah himself obviously and he was the perfect peson to narrate. But I had a great admiration for his father who dealt with his (shall we say wayward) son in a very sympathetic and caring way. As a leading cleric this surprised me.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Good Muslim Boy is fine, perhaps Trying to be a Good Muslim Boy might be more accurate

Any additional comments?

Osamah is a funny and likeable character. I was lucky enough to hear him talk about his book and he is no different. His narration makes the book so personal and real I absolutly loved everything about it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kerrie on 04-12-17

Funny, sad, inspiring, uplifting

Osamah, I loved your story so much, I even got teary in your acknowledgements! Your father was a very special human indeed and I get the sense that he has taught you well in life to always be kind and considerate. These are the two most important attributes a person can have, and we need more people like you (and him) in this world. He would be so proud of the way you fought so hard to bring him home to Australia so his family could give him a proper farewell.

This book shines a light on the experiences of people who have gone through war, settling in new and strange lands and their endeavours to fit in and have a sense of belonging. It is not the usual trauma filled account of war and immigration. Osamah manages to somehow not be angry or resentful with the world. This is what truly grabbed me about his memoir. We could all learn a lot from his attitude to life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anthea J Williams on 02-08-17

Beautiful True Stories read by the Author

Where does Good Muslim Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first Audible book I listened too, I've listened to other audio books years ago but this got me back into it. I listened to the whole book in under a week. So pleased it was read by Osamah Sami the author.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Osamah and his father. Full of love and trying to do their best, despite in Osamah's case, being a stupid kid

What does Osamah Sami and David Tredinnick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The emotion is evident

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many moments, but no spoilers here

Any additional comments?

Thanks Osamah

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