Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey
Personal identity and national politics combine in this memoir of the author’s struggle to find herself in a rapidly changing Turkey of the 1980s and ’90s. Full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Feb 2016
Awards & Honors
2016 Cybils Finalist, Young Adult Graphic Novels
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
Samanci’s graphic novel memoir is a humorous and moving portrayal of coming-of-age in Turkey in the turbulent 1980s. The story makes the political personal in ways that are perfectly accessible to young teens. Samanci’s narrative is peppered with engaging details of her childhood experiences, including her re [STARRED REVIEW]
Samanci’s graphic novel memoir is a humorous and moving portrayal of coming-of-age in Turkey in the turbulent 1980s. The story makes the political personal in ways that are perfectly accessible to young teens. Samanci’s narrative is peppered with engaging details of her childhood experiences, including her relationships with her parents, uncle, and sister; the grueling educational system; and the difficult reality of growing up female in a politically and religiously polarized society. Throughout it all, Samanci struggles with her conflicting desires for success, happiness, and, above all, the approval of her critical father. The style of cartoon illustration combined with mixed media is used to great effect. In several places, the author employs rubber stamps to create pictures of people and concepts that were important to her when she was a child. The muted color scheme and stark backgrounds evoke the political and cultural tone of Turkish society. While there is some violence, it is used sparingly and is presented as an integral part of the narrative. VERDICT In the growing body of graphic novel memoirs, this one is a standout.—Maggi Rohde, Ann Arbor Public Schools, MI
The Horn Book Guide Review:
This graphic memoir chronicles the coming of age of a girl and her country, Turkey. Özge is starting school in the early 1980s, just after the coup that would place the country under a military dictatorship. She’s a sharp observer of the world, writ both large and small. While primarily relying on small ink sketches, Samancı provides graphic surprise on nearly every spread.
7" x 8 1/4"
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.3; Points: 6;
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Graphic Descriptions
Ö,zge Samanci (1975- ), Graphic novels, Autobiography, Turkey, History of Turkey, 1960, Turkish artists, The 1960s,