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Helen Chebatte Ô 7 review

D family ties are pushed to their limit in Helen Chebatte’s explosive debut nove I hope we don t have to wait long for Helen Chebatte s next novel To echo Trisha she s fresh OZ YA talent to watch Her use of a school boy fight club as her underlying plot enables her to skilfully interweave a number of themes friendship racial rivalry and peer pressure into a modern day morality tale without exactly clubbing you over the head with it Chebatte s easy style will appeal to a broad readership and should be a particular hit with reluctant readers It s a book that made me empathetic to the themes it explored and left me feeling hopeful

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Bro By Helen Chebatte

Romeo knows the rulesStick with your own kind Don’t dob on your mates or even yo 45 StarsIn the nineties when I was a teen the Northern suburbs of Melbourne were a diverse and cultural blend where your street may have resembled members of the United Nations I attended a same sex school much as the same as the connecting school of Saint Adele College and Christian Boys where the storyline takes place Bro could have been my teen experience It could have been the same stereotypical cultural groups that continued the trend of segregation If you were an Aussie meaning Caucasian Anglo Saxon you were friends with other Caucasian Anglo Saxon teens the same if you were Maori Asian and Lebanese as seen in Bro My high school had a large Lebanese community and we experienced the same segregation and even being a girls college there were physical fights and weapons used Back then we didn t uestion why that s how it worked You stayed within your own group and it took a strong individual to stray from their own group and befriend others It didn t happen oftenAnyone reading Bro that sees the issue of the us verses them mentality as being unrealistic has never lived in working class and diverse suburbs It even happens as adults We may not involve ourselves in physical conflict but even our close social circles tend to be formed from the same basis Like attracts like and I find that incredibly sad that as Australians we still find ourselves drawn to the same friendships with those who share our cultural beliefs and backgrounds rather than expanding our circles In Bro Romeo finds himself torn He was born in Australia to a Lebanese father an Caucasian Anglo Saxon Australian mother but lives what he sees as the Lebanese culture Even as he identifies as being Australian society still sees him as being Lebanese due to his heritage and the colour of his skinApart from the islander teens or Fresh Off the Boat as they re known the basis of Bro is Australian teen boys and those with a Lebanese background facing off in bouts of physical violence A Fight Club is established where boys are pitted against one another for sport or entertainment It s barbaric but realistic Less than a week ago in Melbourne this happened Teen violence is alive and thriving and the police aren t listening nor are these mostly young men heeding the warning from authorities Bro drives home the message of how we can t all grow up being raised in ivory towers We share different cultural beliefs socioeconomic backgrounds skin colour language sex race ability and the cycle never endsBut through tragedy Bro breaks the cycle of violence and rivalry and although the solution to violence in our communities isn t that simple it does highlight the need for change in our attitudes and mentalityBro is such an important read not only for teens but for Australians to understand the issue of teen violence within society and to discuss at a national level Bro should be part of our schools curriculum in every school library and addressed within youth groups nationwide As Australians we need to openly discuss not only violence but diversity our religious and cultural differences grief gender roles and the role they play in our history But importantly how we can change and educate ourselves and Bro is a brilliantly written insight into diverse teen life of our suburbshttpwwwdivabooknerdcom201603b

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Ur enemiesBut even unwritten rules are made for breakingFight Clubs first loves an really enjoyed this one and it made me cry Romeo was a good character and i jumped on board with his story from the beginning


10 thoughts on “Bro By Helen Chebatte

  1. says:

    45 StarsIn the nineties when I was a teen the Northern suburbs of Melbourne were a diverse and cultural blend where your street may have resembled members of the United Nations I attended a same sex school much as the same as the connecting school of Saint Adele College and Christian Boys where the storyline takes place Bro could have been my teen experience It could have been the same stereotypical cultural groups th

  2. says:

    Written in a language teens will relate to Bro delves into Australian identity and what that means to many different peopleAttending a generic Christian boys high school our main character Romeo finds himself having to fight to defend his Lebanese heritage in a school divided into four distinct groups Fobs fresh off the boat mainly islanders Lebs Lebanese Rez Asians and OzziesBut what makes you a Leb when if you as in Romeo's case had an Au

  3. says:

    A straightforward contemporary novel of different racial groups colliding in the school yard resulting in a fight club and unexpected tragedies Chebatte nails the jargon associated with South EuropeanMiddle Eastern males if in Melbourne 'muzzas' might be a good word to use Bro speaks at a level intended for easy consumption

  4. says:

    A gritty read with themes as diverse as identity loss and the power of peer pressure This is a fairly slim volume with lots of dialogue and a familiar setting so I'll be recommending this to reluctant readers who reuire a text suitable for NCEA

  5. says:

    really enjoyed this one and it made me cry Romeo was a good character and i jumped on board with his story from the beginning

  6. says:

    A very important take on the racial hostilities between high school boys in Australia Bro looks into the life of Romeo a half Australian half Lebanese year 10 boy who just wants to get through school and get the girl But gossip is a nasty part of the high school experience and before he knows it Romeo is in the spotlight caught in a war against the Aussie kids There's a choice to make and Romeo isn't making any of the ri

  7. says:

    I hope we don't have to wait long for Helen Chebatte's next novel To echo Trisha she's fresh OZ YA talent to watch Her use of a school

  8. says:

    Easy read with issues relevant to teenage boys Would teach to Year 9 boys

  9. says:

    Bro is Helen Chebatte's debut novel Set in Western Sydney the story revolves around Romeo Makhlouf a sixteen year old boy attending a Christia

  10. says:

    From a YA novel called 'Bro' about a fight club and racial tensions with fists punching out the title on the cover I was expecting ugly brutality I was surprised with vulnerability and sensitivity I thoroughly enjoyed Helen Chebatte's debut novel with its West Side Story feel set in Western Sydney with appeali

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