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  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (22 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439950589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439950589
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most remarkable young adult novels of the year (The Times, UK)

[A] witty, sensitive debut (People magazine)

A fascinating look at Islam (Entertainment Weekly)

...the funny, touching contemporary narrative will grab teens everywhere (Booklist)

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing has added another internationally acclaimed, award-winning title to its Arabic list...brilliantly funny and poignant, Randa Abdel-Fattah's debut novel will strike a chord in all teenage readers. (Qatar Tribune) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"[A] witty, sensitive debut..." (People Magazine)

"More than the usual story of the immigrant teen's conflict with her traditional parents, the funny, touching contemporary narrative will grab teens everywhere." (Booklist)

"This is a superb first novel with clever, entertaining dialogue, language and characters." (Good Reading Magazine)

"Using a winning mix of humor and sensitivity, Abdel-Fattah ably demonstrates that her heroine is, at heart, a teen like any other. This debut should speak to anyone who has felt like an outsider for any reason." (Publishers Weekly)

"Amal Abdel-Hakim is a 17-year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim who's asking the same question all teens ask: How do I fit into my world?. She's bright, pretty, popular, and she's just decided to wear the hijab – the headscarf – full time. How this changes Amal's life is recounted in serious and hilarious detail and narrated with authenticity by Rebecca Macauley, who manages both teen angst and adult tones with equal aplomb. While the Australian slang may sometimes mystify American teens, the story's universal appeal and Macaulay's gifted narration will keep listeners fully engaged in Amal's struggle to be an observant Muslim while still maintaining an ordinary teenager's life." (AudioFile Magazine)

"Amal's decision to wear the traditional Muslim veil full-time (including school) takes some guts. Can she cope with the prejudice, keep her friends, "and" attract the cutest boy in school?" (The Guardian)

"Determined to prove she's strong enough to 'wear a badge of my faith,' Amal faces ostracism and ridicule as she dons her hijab with both good humor and trepidation... Abdel-Fattah's fine first novel offers a world of insight to post-9/11 readers." (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Let me start out by saying that DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS? is a book that needed to be written, and one that needs to be read. It definitely fills a gap in young adult literature: it's a story about a normal Muslim girl in a non-Muslim country (Australia) who is not escaping oppression by a fundamentalist government/family or anything like that. Amal is just a normal teenage girl, albeit a Muslim one. She has crushes on boys, she likes to go shopping, she giggles with her friends, and she sometimes argues with her parents or feuds with classmates.

However, Amal's life is changed drastically when she makes a major decision: to wear the hijab, the head scarf worn by Muslim women. This would not be nearly such a big deal were she still at school with all of her friends who are also Muslim and some of whom wear the hijab full-time (meaning: whenever she is around men who are not relatives) as well. However, Amal has recently transferred to a very white-bread prep school, where the environment is completely different.

Amal is subjected to racism and discrimination by kids whose experience with Muslims has largely been confined to what they see in the media. The reactions she faces at home are not all positive, either, but Amal has made a choice. 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. Being a Muslim is a part of who Amal is, but in showing that, she faces things a lot worse than any evangelical Christian I know, and that's a sad commentary on our society.

All of that aside, Randa Abdel-Fattah's book is very well-written, and I loved Amal's voice. The characters in this book (particularly Amal) were great.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shahzadi on 28 Jun 2007
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I read a review for this book somewhere slating it as "Unislamic", I don't agree with that, I do not think it is unislamic at all. Amal is a sixteen year old teenage girl, she is going through all the "normal" things that a sixteen year old would go through, but it's how she deals with these things that make the book interesting. Yes she does have a crush on the cutest guy in school, but she does not act on these desires. She learns a lot during the chourse of this book, and any girl/young woman who is living in a Western country will be able to relate to her character. Of course she isn't a perfect Muslim girl, she does make some bad choices BUT you have to bear in mind she's only sixteen, and one can only learn from their mistakes. I would recommend this book to all teenage sisters. It also would help non-muslims to understand certain misconceptions made about Muslims, i.e. We're not terrorists!

I think this book is for the younger reader though, I'm twenty years old, and this is not the type of book I usually read, but nevertheless, I'm glad I read it. I only wish this book was written 5-6 years earlier.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Pirzada on 25 Oct 2006
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The book is absolutely hilarious ... remarkably well written, couldn't put it down and read it within a day.
The characters are so well developed, despite the fact that they range from 16-year old Muslim-Australian teenager to 70-something Greek Orthodox neighbour to a secular Jewish high school boy.
Most importantly, the book allows the reader that rare glance into Muslim minds, on such a personal level ...a must read for anyone who wants to go beyond media coverage and really understand a minority that has been under the spotlight in recent years.
I'm just thinking of ordering it again ... ;)there's always a birthday around.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By moshyman on 8 Feb 2010
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I was looking forward to this book and actually bought it despite the fact that I rarely buy books but prefer to get them from the library. The cover was nice as was the title. For me, the issues regarding the hijab had to be addressed and the various challenges that it posed. Many people look at women wearing them and regard them as oppressed and do not even know what is going through their heads. This was done by the author but other than that the story had no real substance or flow to it. Some of the dialogue between the characters seemed a bit tacky and exaggerated.

Nevertheless, she did tackle a difficult theme that to my knowledge had not been addressed in mainstream literature before. That in itself is commendable and we must remember that this is a first novel and I am sure her writing has developed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara on 26 Dec 2008
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I purchased this book a few days ago because the title was so catchy! Randa has done a brilliant job and I have to give her 5 stars. She gives us an insight into the life of an Australian girl who has Palestinian roots and who is of course a Muslim. Amal is a 16 year old teenager who decides to wear the hijaab but is a bit conscious about what people will think. However, she has a very strong personality and believes in herself. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in 2 days. It's well worth the read and I would recommend it to all Westerners as well as all Muslim girls wearing the beautiful hijaab! Just Brilliant!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec 2005
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This is a wonderfully written novel that deals with a young Muslim adult and her life. It is well written in the way that many people will be able to relate to the plot line. The novel is funny, sad, and an overall fantastic novel that lets the reader understand life for a Muslim teenager who also faces every other issue that every teenager goes through. This is a book that seems to be one of a kind in today's society - maybe somewhat a first in this crazy world. It deserves five stars and should be recommended to all.
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