Does My Head Look Big in This?

Does My Head Look Big in This?

Book - 2011
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Welcome to my world. I'm Amal Abdel-Hakim, a seventeen year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim still trying to come to grips with my various identity hyphens. It's hard enough being cool as a teenager when being one issue behind in the latest Cosmo is enough to disqualify you from the in-group. Try wearing a veil on your head and practising the bum's up position at lunchtime and you know you're in for a tough time at school. Luckily my friends support me, although they've got a few troubles of their own. Simone is blonde and gorgeous but has serious image issues and Leila's intelligent but her parents are more interested in her getting a marriage certificate that her high school certificate. And I thought I had problems.
Publisher: Sydney, [N.S.W.] :, Pan,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2005.
ISBN: 9780330421850
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 20 cm.


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Hilarious, beautiful, and funny light reading. It is about a Palestinian girl living in Melbourne (Australia) who wears a hijab. This author writes books about Muslim girls living in Western societies who just want to fit in. You can also check out her book, Ten Things I Hate About Me. (submitted by SR)

GCPL_Teen Jun 28, 2017

While it is great to see a positive portrayal of a young Muslim woman, this book is somewhat shallow and one-dimensional. While the protagonist struggles to reconcile Western life with her religion, much of the plot is typical YA girl drama.

Mar 26, 2017

Loved this book! Quirky and relatable for people of all ages, ethnic background, and faiths.

Aug 26, 2015

This was an AMAZING book!!! I mean it!!! I myself am muslim and can totally relate Amal's experiences. Her funny and out-going personality makes it even more enjoyable. Even if you are not muslim, this is still a very good book for teens that feel insecure about themselves. I can't even explain in words how much I LOVE this book. Great job Randa!!! Can't wait to read more work from you!!!

black_panda_2123 Aug 19, 2014

AWESOME book. Is funny and portrays a Muslim teen perfectly. I am Muslim so I really share Amal's point of view on many things, although things are a bit different in Australia than in New York. Overall a great read for anyone!

Aug 21, 2013

This book was great for me, I'm older than the age the book was intended for (in my 20s, not teens) BUT it was a great informational book for me, even though it was fiction. My boyfriend is Muslim, just here from the KSA recently and this was a nice way for me to get a little more information about what a Muslim girl in an English country would go through . It also helped introduce me to some new vocabulary that the BF had had trouble explaining to me.

Jul 29, 2013

A young Muslim girl growing up in Australia decides to wear hijab full-time. She faces prejudice and varying levels of understanding from within and without, and learns what it truly means to be pious. A very nice book; showcases the variety of Muslim belief and practice and the challenges unique and universal which they face.

Oct 23, 2012

Funny! Unique perspective.

LocketLibrarian Mar 26, 2011

Excellent YA book--informative look at life as a Muslim after 9/11--in Australia.

Amal is a phenomenal character, this is a must read for kids 12+

It was an okay book. I enjoyed the idea and the feel of what Amal was going through, but the author failed to give her the voice of a 16 year old. She sounded like a small 12 year old girl, not the mature 11th grader she was made out to be.

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Oct 22, 2012

Australian teen Amal has decided to go "full time" and wear the hijab (veil) all the time, even at school. Story deals with friendships at school and with other girls with & without veils. Strict and less strict families. Immigrant life in Australia.
FUNNY! Unique perspective"


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