Is Ten an Appropriate Age for Your First Identity Crisis? (If Not, What Is?)

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
140 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2023
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Author Biography

Nadia Rassuli was born in 1993 and raised in the German city, Kassel. Her parents fled the mullah regime in Iran as political activists in 1990. After graduating from high school, she went on a never-ending quest to find her identity and a sense of belonging. Rassuli moved to Berlin to study Business Administration, which she hated full-heartedly. During and after university, the author commenced her soul-sucking career in tech as a Recruiter and has worked for companies like Twitter, TikTok and Uber. In 2021, the author’s first book “Those who face death” was published by re:sonar. “Is 10 an appropriate age for your first identity crisis? (If not, what is?)“ is Nadia Rassuli‘s second book and first self-published work. In 2023, she turned her back on the tech world and has started from scratch. Rassuli is now studying Journalism and focussing on the only thing she truly knows: writing while struggling to pay bills. (She is, however, still willing to hire great talent for your company if the offer is worth more than her integrity.)

    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Is Ten an Appropriate Age for Your First Identity Crisis? If Not, What Is? by Nadia Rassuli speaks out about the need in her youth to suppress her Kurdish identity to help her function in the country where she was born. With sarcastic comments and a healthy dose of humor, Rassuli details her upbringing by parents from war-torn backgrounds, her difficulties with her peers, and her struggle with societal expectations. Due to her heritage, Rassuli was overly concerned about her looks. Still, she motivates us, no matter our background, to work hard, enjoy our lives, and pay greater attention to developing a good personality.

Through her therapeutic writing style, Nadia Rassuli talks about her childhood as a “third-culture kid” with her family difficulties and search for acceptance. No one should have to live their lives feeling ostracized by community members, but Rassuli showed resiliency with her strong character and sharp tongue. She has experienced three decades of feeling homesick for a home she never had, and her journey as an author showcases it. There were periods of her life where Rassuli sought validation, and her story may validate the feelings of immigrants and refugees. She mentions books, songs, anime, and artists who have inspired her or made her feel less lonely, and she discusses how she creates boundaries and refocuses her energy. Is Ten an Appropriate Age for Your First Identity Crisis? is a good selection for those with an open mind and for mature readers who may have had relatable experiences.

Konstantin Besel

Laugh out loud funny, brave and honest! Nadia gets us out of our comfort zone by stepping out of hers. She describes her journey through discrimination, misogyny and racism in a witty and humorous way, never failing to add a little bit of self irony. Must read for marginalised people who are looking for a sense of belonging and privileged people who want to challenge society’s status quo.