Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey

Book cover for Dare to Disappoint by Özge Samanci

Özge Samanci


Özge Samanci

Book Summary

Growing up on the Aegean Coast, Ozge loved the sea and imagined a life of adventure while her parents and society demanded predictability. Her dad expected Ozge, like her sister, to become an engineer. She tried to hear her own voice over his and the religious and militaristic tensions of Turkey and the conflicts between secularism and fundamentalism. Could she be a scuba diver like Jacques Cousteau? A stage actress? Would it be possible to please everyone including herself?

In her unpredictable and funny graphic memoir, Ozge recounts her story using inventive collages, weaving together images of the sea, politics, science, and friendship.

Turkey, Growing Up, Middle East, Graphic Novel, Comic, Artists, History

Age Range
Ages 12+ (grades 8 and up)
Farrar Strauss Giroux Books for Young Children
Book Category
North Africa & Middle East