Does My Head Look Big In This?
Last week I asked the readers to give me suggestions of books in order to write reviews about, and one of the first suggestions was to write a book review of ‘Ten Things I Hate About Me’ by Randa Abdel-Fattah and because I am still find it hard to locate that book I thought why not write a book review for the first book Randal Abdel-Fattah wrote, Does My Head Look Big In This?
Randa Abdel-Fattah is an Australian- born-Muslim-Palestinian-Egyptian. Her main motto in writing is to allow readers to enter the world of the average Muslim teenage girl and see past the headlines and stereotypes.
Amal a 16 year old teenage Muslim Palestinian girl who has been in Australia all her life decides to wear the Hijab full-time (not just in the Islamic school or at the mosque but everywhere) and what she has to do in order to fit in year eleven, where she is the only one in her school wearing the Hijab and the choices she has to make to cope with prejudice, maintain and help friends and attract the cutest boy in school.
The book helps us feel how hard it is for a girl to be wearing the Hijab in the western society, how hard it is to tell the cutest boy in school you like to back-off because you can’t date. And how hard it to be in a school where guys won’t understand why a simple hug is strictly prohibited or how girls just won’t get why you are covering yourself up from head to toe but still try to match your outfit. However, it helps many girls living in a different culture to be strong and with a lot of determination and self-esteem to be themselves which will make life a lot easier.
It also aids the reader to realize how extremely strict parent should loosen up with their children, not totally lose their culture but just give them enough air to breath like they would have if they were living in their own society.
Like the Telegraph said “it’s a book about defiance, determination. Intelligence and self-respect” and I advise everyone to read it.
Buy Does My Head Look Big In This? (Amazon link)