“Does My Head Look Big In This?” by Randa Abdel-Fattah seems to be a pretty interesting book – of teen “chick lit” genre, but with an Islamic/Muslim (not sure which word to use here… see MuslimVillage discussion below) twist. To save myself time (and the battery on my laptop is threatening to run out on me), here are links to several blurbs/reviews on the book:
- Looking For Randa
- NZGirl review: Does my head look big in this? is a universal tale of high school angst with teeth. Author Randa Abdel-Fattah writes with razor sharp wit and totally understands what it is like to be a teenage girl.
- Buy the book from Amazon!
- MuslimVillage discusses the book, with some important and interesting points being brought up.
I didn’t buy the book because it was in hardcover and way too expensive; although if it comes out in paperback (or if my library has it), I’ll buy it/borrow it then. I did, however, manage to read the first chapter – and I liked it.
True, the main character – Amal – isn’t perfect, or what most of us here would expect or approve of in a Muslimah (even if she’s a teen adolescent youth). But all things considered, especially the demographic group to whom this book is targeted, I think it’s pretty good.
Amal is not so much a role model, as simply someone other young Muslimahs who are struggling with issues of high school and hijaab can actually relate to… and I do think that’s important. What I like the best is that this book is written in a style that most teen girls are already familiar and comfortable with – of the same genre as the Princess Diaries, the Alice series, and more (and no, I don’t read this books; I just know that other teen girls read them!) – yet it talks about a Muslimah actually trying to better herself, while not being preachy.
In any case, having not read the entire book (yet) I can’t say all that much about it except that I’d recommend it for some girls – with the neccessary warnings that everything she does isn’t Islamically acceptable, and the rest of it.
(Oh, and if anyone knows of any other books like this – aside from Umm Zakiyya’s If I Should Speak trilogy – please do let me know! I’m keeping my eyes peeled for good Muslim fiction…)
10 Things I Hate About Me – another book, same sort of subject matter, by the same author.