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 ยท 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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I mean, in America, I’ve rarely been bothered because of my hijab. Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Htis the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes: Australia portal s portal Books portal Islam portal Fashion portal.

And even though the act of putting the Hijab itself gave people around her the brief idea that she’s “out of bounds”, she managed, during the course of the story, to abcel-fattah that, and make people feel that her Hijab has no “I’m pure” effect at all.

I also thought the book did over-exaggerated in some points. View all 33 comments. The writing style is in first person and very conversational, funny and easy to follow. But more importantly, I think this kind of book reminds you that “Islamic militants” are a very small part of the Muslim population, just like “radica I was hoping this book would be laugh-out-loud funny – it wasn’t.

Let me start out by saying that this book is a book that NEEDED to be written, and one that, definitely, should be read. 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 the judgment of others.


The big difference is that I was in fourth grade. It was so jarring I actually wrote the changes down – and the words that hadn’t been changed, which was sometimes even stranger. Amal has like 4 friends, but they all felt the same to me.

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah | Scholastic

Curiously enough, there were some words they didn’t change, including: Does my head look big in this Synopsis The slide opened and I heard a gentle, kind voice: She started putting more make up. She wants to marry Leila off as soon as possible and doesn’t want her to pursue an education and a career because that’s “improper” for a girl. The reactions she faces at home are not all positive, either, but Amal has made a choice.

Add your rating See all 11 kid reviews. Abdel-faattah Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith–without losing her identity or sense of style.

There are people who are deeply involved with their faith and others who reject their culture in favor of conforming to Australian norms. It’s abde,-fattah quick read, and entertaining, and Amal is a great character.


When Amal decides to wear her beliefs so visibly, it really brings to her notice the different views of those around her, from her cranky Greek Orthodox neighber to her friend Leila’s ultra-conservative mom who just wants to marry Leila off at a young age which Amal’s mom does not agree with, even though they are both Muslim. It was so interesting to read about an Australian-Palestinian girl who was just a regular teenager, not a victim or a religious fanatic. Yes so be cautious of expressions of prejudice if you’re interested in reading this novel but there are SO MANY positive reactions to Amal’s faith!

If they had cut this character’s really insensitive plot line, I probably would have given this book 4 or 4. It felt like a teacher trying to shove everything in your mind all at once. I’ve dows kept that in mind, but it was consistent with all the characters in the book, regardless of their background.

Does My Head Look Big in This?

May 15, Rebecca rated it liked it Recommends it for: I would read so many more books about her if it meant experiencing her story! That was a sucky summary. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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