Original title: Kahden maailman tyttö
Class/genre: Young Adults
Nominated for the Topelius Prize 2012
You can run away but you will never escape your family – we are everywhere!
Tara, a seventeen-year old Kurdish girl, wants the same things as Finnish girls of her age. She wants to wear make-up and dress fashionably, have hobbies, be on Facebook and meet up with her friends. Beautiful Tara enjoys the attention of boys and would like to do a little bit of flirting herself. Her father considers such behaviour unacceptable; he wants his daughter to obey old traditions, which require a young girl to hold on to her chastity until she is married off to a man who is part of the same community.
When Tara starts dating Janne, she knows she is playing with fire. The relationship comes to light and soon Tara learns of her father’s plans to marry her to a relative who lives abroad.