Randa Abdel-Fattah is an attorney, a writer, a chocoholic, and an active member in the interfaith community, as well as the campaign for Palestinian human. Randa Abdel-Fattah · Coming of Age; . chats with friends on her cell phone, reads Cosmo and decides to wear a hijab, or Muslim head scarf, full- time. The Priest would declare me a heretic; my parents would LOOK INSIDE Randa Abdel-Fattah is twenty-five, and has her own identity hyphens to contend .
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For example, the main character’s best friend has a daughter who wants to get her married at a young age, an arranged marriage.
Does My Head Look Big in This?
I also really loved how supportive virtually all the people in Amal’s life are of her decision to wear the hijab! The answer, on all three counts, is a big fat no.
Curiously enough, there were some words they didn’t change, including: Parent of a 9 and 15 year old Written by Momaofkzkj September 20, This author has the potential of being a very good novel writer, but her story was lacking a very important ingredient. That was a sucky su Sixteen year old Amal makes a momentous decision right before the start of a new term at her snotty private school: I like the idea of this book and I think that we need more of this kind of books.
Quotes from Does My Head Look Still, though, it is interesting to read about it; the question I had opening the book was: I see what the author was trying to do. I don’t love this one.
Too preachy and too repetitive. This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. To her, it is a personal, religious decision, to show her devotion to God; it’s not about being oppressed as some of her classmates seem to think, or making any sort of statement. So what is missing? Amal is smart and sassy and opinionated, and the book explo Amal is Palestinian-Australian Muslim girl in eleventh grade at her snooty Melbourne prep school, when she decides that she is ready to wear the hijab, the headscarf, full time.
Summaries and Excerpts: Does my head look big in this? / Randa Abdel-Fattah.
I bug this book right up off the new books shelf, because how often do you see a girl wearing a hijab on the cover? It shows how awfully scared Amal is to wear the hijab, bit She chose and wants to do, because of how it changes th Let me start out by saying that this book is a book that NEEDED to be written, and one that, definitely, should be read.
After a terrorist attack in Bali, a fellow student asks Amal to “explain to everyone why they did it and how Islam justifies it. I’m a teenager, but I’ve never been like that. I felt like I was getting bashed over the head most of the time. How is this in the final version of the book??? Amal is subjected to racism and discrimination by kids whose experience with Muslims has largely been confined to what they see in the media. Brace yourselves because I’ll probably be talking about this book for the next years.
I really like to learn stuff, but I haaaate being preached at. I feel cheated out of that special bond.
The negative actions are never addressed, there is no story arc of accepting yourself, she’s still trying diets in the last chapter, which makes it feel like all this harm was for nothing. I believe it will make me feel so close to God. I’ve learned a lot about Judaism through books.
Does my head look big in this. Instead of letting the story unfold naturally, the author adds numerous fake-feeling situations in which Amal defends her faith.
Readers of different faiths will admire her determination to be true to her beliefs and identify with her strong friendship bonds. On the other side of the spectrum, we have Leila’s family. And I hate the lists in the book. For all we know, she may have wanted to demonstrate exactly that Hijab is not what a real Muslim is about; and if this was what she aimed for, I would say that she did a good job at that.
After he caught her sneaking a cigarette, Amal’s dad makes her smoke half a pack — she doesn’t want to smoke after that. I would say that the way it is written right now, it’s nothing more than a set of interesting glorified short stories that deal with the same people over and over.
Leila runs away from home when she can’t handle her mother trying to marry her off anymore; Amal criticizes Leila’s mother to her face. But Amal was still really admirable.
This book wouldn’t let me put it down when I started to read it! Amal struggles to juggle her religious beliefs with high school drama, and is determined to define herself on her own term’s and not on liok judgment of others. Randa has also been deeply interested in inter-faith dialogue and has been a member of various inter-faith networks.
Does My Head Look Big in This?
View all 3 comments. About what it’s like to be a Muslim. Can she handle the taunts of ‘towel head’ and the prejudice of her classmates and still hang out with the cutest boy in school?
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