Does My Head Look Big in This?

 
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Does My Head Look Big in This?
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14+
Release Date
January 01, 2005
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0439919479
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When sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, her entire world changes, all because of a piece of cloth...

Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full- time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else.

Can she handle the taunts of "towel head," the prejudice of her classmates, and still attract the cutest boy in school? Brilliantly funny and poignant, Randa Abdel-Fattah's debut novel will strike a chord in all teenage readers, no matter what their beliefs.

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Not from here not from there
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Reader reviewed by Rvnclw08

This makes you realize how hard it is to be faithful to a religion when it is the minority.  And who tough it is know when to judge and when you be quiet.  Being raised baptist in the bible belt I have never experienced this and am glad I read this book, because it made me understand life and other cultures better.  I think it would be a good book for both the minority and the majority.  I think ever high school and college girl should read this.  Mucho kudos!
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Awesome book, a great schooltime read!
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Reader reviewed by Kinkos

To wear or not to wear? That's the question in Does My Head Look Big in This?

While watching a Friends rerun at the gym, Amal, a teenage Australian-Pleastinian- Muslim girl, realizes that she is ready to wear the hijab. A sign of Muslim faith, a hijab is a strip of cloth wrapped around girls' heads, meant to deter boys' wandering eyes and such. After much thinking, she wears it to her snotty prep school-only to be faced by the excrucating pain of being ignored. Eventually, everyone breaks out of their shells and asks questions; even her crush, Adam. Can she navigate a wild world of prejudice, religion, and love? Or will she crumble under the weight of her hijab?

This book was truly amazingly written and equally as inspiring; a great read for anyone. Amal will make you laugh or cry. It's filled with emotion, and you can feel what the characters feel. Please, read this book!
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Good book
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Reader reviewed by mlecompt

Amal is a Muslim teenager living in Australia. Up until the second half of eleventh grade she had been a part-timer with the hijab, only wearing it when necessary. Now she has decided to become a full-timer and she must deal with the stares and questions of her classmates and the world at large.

Amal is a likable character and her cast of friends and family are entertaining. Her decision to wear the hijab and deal with further prejudice from some Australians is very brave and something that she does for herself. It was interesting to hear the thoughts of a Muslim girl in today's environment. My only problem with the book was the subplot with her elderly neighbor. It didn't seem to add much to the story and I think the book would have been tighter without it.
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One of the best of the year
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Reader reviewed by Amanda

Oh...I loved this book. I absolutely loved this book. It was on a topic that needed to be written about, at least in the YA genre, for quite a long time and I am so glad that it was this brand-spankin new author that decided to take on the task.


In, Does My Head Look Big in This, by Australian author Randa Abdel-Fatthah, Amal, a typical 11th grade girl, is struggling with a very personal decision. Being a Muslim of strong faith, Amal wants to wear her hajib head covering all the time. No, her parents are not forcing her, in fact, they are almost wary of her doing so, this is completely Amal's choice. When she does decide to go forth with her plan to wear the hajib everywhere, except in the company of family, she knows she is setting herself up for prejudice. The headmaster at her private school is not too keen on Amal messing up the uniform system with the hajib, Tia, a snotty girl in Amal's class is set on making her feel like a loser, and Adam, the one boy Amal has had a crush on, seems to like her back, but also is somewhat uncomfortable with the whole religion thing.


Amal stands by the decision she made to wear her faith, quite literally, on her body. She stands up to people that scorn her and when upset, only lets it show to her closest friends and family. This is an incredibly powerful book that is perfect for teens, no matter what they believe in terms of religion. The strength of Amal is beautiful and she is a great role model for teenage girls, struggling to stand up for themselves in a world of peer pressure and designer clothing trends.


This is one of the best teen novels I have read this year and definitely look forward to more works by this author. The character of Amal is exactly who I wish I could have been in high school. I was able to stand up for myself to some extent, but I cared way too much what others thought about my appearance and my personality. I would certainly recommend this book be read by adults and teens everywhere.
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