Ma Ra'yukum fi Shakli Al Aan? / Does My Head Look Big in This? (Arabic edition)
A witty and engaging story about being young and Muslim.Amal Abdel-Hakim is, a seventeen year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim trying to come to grips with her various identities. It’s hard enough being cool as a teenager when being one issue behind the latest Cosmo is enough to disqualify you... show more
A witty and engaging story about being young and Muslim.Amal Abdel-Hakim is, a seventeen year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim trying to come to grips with her various identities. It’s hard enough being cool as a teenager when being one issue behind the latest Cosmo is enough to disqualify you from the in-group. Try wearing a veil and talking intimately about personal issues and you know you’re in for a tough time at school in Australia.Luckily her friends support her, although they've got troubles of their own. Simone, blonde, gorgeous and overweight – has serious image issues, and Leila's really intelligent but her parents are more interested in her getting a marriage certificate than her high school certificate! Maybe Amal’s problems are not as bad as she thinks…
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Womens Fiction
, Chick Lit
While this book is far from perfect, I appreciate what the author attempted to do. In the book, a teenager fights against ignorance and stereotypes regarding Islam and Muslim identity. Facing issues such as mistaken oppression, the freedom of choice, and flat-out racism, I think this was a good star...
This book started out rather slowly, with Amal writing lists of why she should, or should not, commit to wearing the hijab to school. Her endless agonising about it was starting to get on my nerves. However, once she decided to go ahead with it and came face to face with all the issues it raised, th...
It hit me as I was power walking on the treadmill at home, watching a Friends rerun for about the ninetieth time.It's that scene where Jennifer Aniston is dressed in a hideous bridesmaid's outfit at her ex's wedding. Everyone's making fun of her and she wants to run away and hide. Then she suddenly ...
3.5 starsAmal is sixteen, and about to start her second year as the only Muslim at a posh private high school, when she has an epiphany while watching Friends.She decides to start wearing the hibab full time, fully aware that this will attract all sorts of attention, and that it may be the most popu...
I'm really liking this so far, but the copy I've got has definitely been Americanized, and I'm finding it pretty distracting. This book is pretty great. I'm not Muslim or Palestinian or Australian, but I definitely relate to Amal. I like that the book addresses issues of race and religion, but the s...
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