Does My Head Look Big in This?

Does My Head Look Big in This?

Randa Abdel-Fattah Rebecca Macauley / Dec 10, 2019

Does My Head Look Big in This The slide opened and I heard a gentle kind voice What is your confession my child I was stuffed The Priest would declare me a heretic my parents would call me a traitor The Priest asked me again Wha

  • Title: Does My Head Look Big in This?
  • Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah Rebecca Macauley
  • ISBN: 9781740939072
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Audio CD
  • The slide opened and I heard a gentle, kind voice What is your confession, my child I was stuffed The Priest would declare me a heretic my parents would call me a traitor The Priest asked me again What is your confession, my child I m Muslim I whispered Welcome to my world I m Amal Abdel Hakim, a seventeen year old Australian Palestinian Muslim still trying toThe slide opened and I heard a gentle, kind voice What is your confession, my child I was stuffed The Priest would declare me a heretic my parents would call me a traitor The Priest asked me again What is your confession, my child I m Muslim I whispered Welcome to my world I m Amal Abdel Hakim, a seventeen year old Australian Palestinian Muslim still trying to come to grips with my various identity hyphens It s hard enough being cool as a teenager when being one issue behind the latest Cosmo is enough to disqualify you from the in group Try wearing a veil on your head and practising the bum s up position at lunchtime and you know you re in for a tough time at school Luckily my friends support me, although they ve got a few troubles of their own Simone, blonde, gorgeous and overweight she s got serious image issues, and Leila s really intelligent but her parents are interested in her getting a marriage certificate than her high school certificate And I thought I had problems This is a superb first novel with clever, entertaining dialogue, language and characters Good Reading Magazine

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      • Randa Abdel-Fattah Rebecca Macauley

        Randa Abdel Fattah was born in Sydney in 1979 She is a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage She grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic primary school and Islamic secondary college where she obtained an International Baccaularetate She studied Arts Law at Melbourne University during which time she was the Media Liaison Officer at the Islamic council of Victoria, a role which afforded her the opportunity to write for newspapers and engage with media institutions about their representation of Muslims and Islam.During university and her role at the ICV, Randa was a passionate human rights advocate and stood in the 1996 federal election as a member of the Unity Party Say No To Hanson Randa has also been deeply interested in inter faith dialogue and has been a member of various inter faith networks She also volunteered with different human rights and migrant resource organisations including the Australian Arabic council, the Victorian migrant resource centre, Islamic women s welfare council, Palestine human rights campaign, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, to name a few.Randa has used her writing as a medium for expressing her views about the occupation of Palestine Her articles about Palestine, Australian Muslims and the misunderstood status of women in Islam have been published in the Australian, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Canberra Times, New Matilda, Le Monde France.Randa is frequently sought for comment by the media on issues pertaining to Palestine, Islam or Australian Muslims She has appeared on SBS s Insight, ABC s First Tuesday Book Club, ABC s Q A, Channel 7 s Sunrise and Channel 10 s 9am.Randa is also a regular guest at schools around Australia addressing students about her books and the social justice issues they raise Randa has also been a guest at Sweden s Gothenburg and Litterlund book festivals 2007 and 2008 and Kuala Lumpur s Book festival 2008 She has also toured in Brunei and the UK.Randa lives in Sydney with her husband and their two children She works as a litigation lawyer.


    1. I have some mixed feelings on certain aspects of this book, but overall, I enjoyed my time reading it!I was really anticipating readingDoes My Head Look Big In This?after being recommended to me as a great book with a Muslim protagonist. I have to say, hearing about Amal's faith was by far my favorite part of the novel! I get so happy watching others speak about things they are passionate about, and Amal's dedication to her religion was absolutely wonderful to read about! It's very rare we find [...]

    2. This was a random buy, picked up mostly because, flipping through it, the word Tasmania caught my eye - and then I read that the author is Australian. For purely nostalgic reasons I just had to read it. Amal is a year 11 student in her third term at a posh private school in Melbourne. She's also Muslim. An only child, her parents are health-care professionals, she has a large extended family and friends from all backgrounds and religions. Before third term begins, she decides she's ready to wear [...]

    3. Ok. I see what the author was trying to do. She gets props for writing a novel with an Arab, Muslim main character that's not escaping an abusive husband or some other sort of oppression, as many books with Muslim women love to do. I appreciate that she added some much needed diversity to the YA market. Still, as a Palestinian-American Muslim hijabi, I was thoroughly disappointed.I went into this book so excited that the MC was so similar to me and thinking that I could really relate to her. Tha [...]

    4. Brace yourselves because I'll probably be talking about this book for the next 20000 years.Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:- 36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation

    5. update, june 2017:i read and reviewed this book ten years ago. please keep that in mind if you choose to comment. i'm not interested in discussing it now because i don't really remember it. thanks!original review, september 2007:Amal decides, completely on her own and without pressure from her (also Muslim) parents, to wear a headscarf (hijab) "full-time." Why? She wants to make a statement of her faith, and it makes her feel close to God as well as brave, especially at her prep school where she [...]

    6. I have a massive amount of respect for Randa Abdel-Fattah for at least attempting to show that Muslims aren't these extremists that the media portrays us as, but instead just normal people. So props to her for her bravery.BUT, being a Muslim myself, I feel like the author did not do a very good job of representing Islam, and on top of that, provided unrealistic scenarios that are very unlikely to happen.Amal is very annoying. She is one of those stereotypical teen girls authors think they unders [...]

    7. With Sana Bakkoush - played by the effervescent Iman Meskini - recently announced as the main for Skam season four, as I’d so fervently hoped for back when I created my original Skam book tag, I wanted to immerse myself in some much-needed fiction told from the point of view of a Muslim hijabi girl as the main character. Does My Head Look Big in This? seemed to be the perfect starting point.Set in Melbourne, Amal is a 16-year-old Australian-Muslim-Palestinian teen with all the usual obs [...]

    8. I have an odd relationship with this book because on one hand I think it tells an incredibly important story (!!), but on the other handI can't honestly say I think the writing is good. GAWSH. That sounds horrible to admit. This could just be my personal preference!! But the dialogue felt weird and unnatural. And the story didn't seem to have much flow. It was just the happenings of Amal's life and I can't even say it had a conclusion. It justopped. I HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THIS, OKAY?Butke I saidSU [...]

    9. امل، یک دختر 16 ساله ی مسلمان استرالیایی، تصمیم می گیرد یک محجبه ی تمام وقت شود. برای من که در یک کشور اسلامی به دنیا آمدم و بزرگ شدم، حس و حال امل باید عجیب باشد. اما نبود.امل تنها محجبه ی جمع است؛ من خیلی وقت ها تنها چادری جمع بوده ام. به امل به خاطر حجابش متلک انداخته اند؛ به من ب [...]

    10. هى تستحق ثلاث نجمات ونصف فأعطيتها 3 نجمات , عمل مبدع فى طرحه للقضيه, القضيه الأزليه التى تعانى منها الجاليات (المسلمه) فى المجتمعات (الغربيه) وهى درجة الانسجام في تلك المجتمعات,ولطالما كانت القضايا الشكليه صاحبة الصخب الأعلى : الحجاب أو النقاب بالنسبه للمرأة واللحيه أو الزى با [...]

    11. Okay, so here's the thing. I've just gone through and read a lot of the popular reviews for this book. And the vast majority of them mention the amount of judginess that Amal gets for wearing the hijab, the amount of weird looks and snide comments and generally not-okay stuff. Many of them mention that the reviewer also wears a hijab and doesn't experience any of that. Which is awesome and I'm thrilled. However, I feel like all of these reviews missed one key thing: this book is set a) in 2002, [...]

    12. Let me start out by saying that this book is a book that NEEDED to be written, and one that, definitely, should be read.This follows the life of a Muslim teen struggling to live her life according to her own beliefs, religion, and culture while surrounded by the never ending prejudice and ignorance. It's written in an easy, funny way so it doesn't get too depressing or boring. It shows how awfully scared Amal is to wear the hijab, something She chose and wants to do, because of how it changes th [...]

    13. سمعت عن الكتاب كثيرا وما سمعته من المديح كان كثيرا جدا جدا. لذلك عندما شاهدت الكتاب على رف المكتبة التقطه بسرعه لشراءه وكأني لا أتوب من الحماس لكتاب تحدث عنه الكثيرين. لكن طبعا كما هو واضح من التقييم أن الكتاب ليس جيد كفاية بالنسبة لي بداية الكتاب يتحدث عن الفتاة أمل المسلمة - [...]

    14. I was hoping this book would be laugh-out-loud funny - it wasn't. But it had a light-hearted tone and I felt like I got a lot out of it. It was so interesting to read about an Australian-Palestinian girl who was just a regular teenager, not a victim or a religious fanatic. Her faith was an important part of her life, but it wasn't her entire life. 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 [...]

    15. "Does My Head Look Big In This?" is the story of a Australian-Palestinian girl who decides to wear Hijab and the way her surroundings react to this decision. I chose to read this book because the subject of Hijab is an interesting one to me; Hijab, in Saudi Arabia, extends beyond what's available in this story. Here, a woman is expected to cover her face completely, not just her hair. I am completely against that for more than one reason, the simplest of which are the fact that it's merely a cul [...]

    16. الكتاب رائع , دمه خفيف, مسلي, ما بتحس بالوقت وانت بتقرأ ومشوق لدرجة انو ممكن تخلص من قراءة الصفحات ال400 على قعدة وحدة:-) الكتاب رواية على لسان بنت استرالية مسلمة من اصل فلسطيني, وبتقرر تلبس الحجاب وهي بالثانوية العامة الكتاب بتعرض لمواقف كتير اهمها: علاقة الغرب بالمسلمين, الاره [...]

    17. I snatched this book right up off the new books shelf, because how often do you see a girl wearing a hijab on the cover? The cover flap told me that it was about 16-year-old Amal's decision, as an Australian-Palestinian-Muslim girl, to wear the head scarf full-time.And that's really the basis for the story. This seemingly small decision is a big deal for her parents, who don't want her to jump into a big decision, her classmates at her snobby prep school, who take advantage of the stereotypes th [...]

    18. أفلام هوليوود عن المراهقين والمراهقات حياتهم و روتين المدرسة اليومي بأحداثه وغلاسة البنات البلاستيك و حواديت عن الواد الحليوة الفانتاستيك كل الآحداث المشابهة بأفلام زي Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Mean Girls (2004) American Pie (1999) Clueless (1995) Juno (2007) Never Been Kissed (1999)Grease (1978) ووووو كتييييير أويمنها اللي ل [...]

    19. Have you ever had one of those weeks/months/years where no book is able to hold your attention? And you need a good one to break the trend? For me, this was that book. Amal is a 17 year-old Muslim Australian who goes to a snobby (read WASP) school in the suburbs. She's always been a practicing muslim, but before the start of this book she hasn't worn the scarf, or hijab, full time. Does My Head Look Big in This chronicles her journey from deciding to "go full time" (inspired by an episode of Fri [...]

    20. oh dear. Political comment thinly - and poorly - disguised as teenage chicklit. Badly written, tedious and ranty; fancies itself as simultaneously intellectual and American-sitcom-ish. And, ironically, crammed full of stereotypes.

    21. Young adult book about a high school student in Australia who decides to wear the hijab. I don't love this one. Written in the first person present tense, I feel like the narrator’s lecturing me. Other than that, the writing style is good. It’s humorous and sometimes that works. I think two things are unsettling for me: Nothing much changes. The main character decides to wear the hijab and sticks to that decision but doesn’t really examine it except superficially. So we don’t see any gro [...]

    22. در تمام طول داستن حسرت خواندن کتاب این چنینی با این جذابیت در بستر فرهنگی خودمان را خوردمبا خوندن این کتاب میشه قدر خییلی از نعمت های ساده رو دونست.

    23. Amal is Palestinian-Australian Muslim girl in eleventh grade at her snooty Melbourne prep school, when she decides that she is ready to wear the hijab, the headscarf, full time. She knows that it’s not going to be easy—she sticks out enough at her school just for being Muslim, and adding the hijab is going to make her a target for people to stare and ask her if she’s a terrorist. But she is sure that it is the right thing for her to do. Amal is smart and sassy and opinionated, and the book [...]

    24. Wow. I got through 25 pages of this book before throwing it aside.I had picked this up on a whim from the library because it seemed moderately interesting and different from what I've read in the past. Sadly, it failed to entertain me for more than ten minutes.The narrarator's voice is so annoying, it makes me want to scream. Dropping a pop culture reference every 10 words does not acheive a teen perspective. I should know, as I'm pretty much the age of Amal. And it seems as if the author is ope [...]

    25. I've always been interested in learning about religions which are different from mine. I was raised Baptist. I've learned a lot about Judaism through books. The only books I've read pertaining to Islam though, were A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseni. When I saw a young adult book featuring a Muslim girl on the cover, my interest was piqued.Read the rest of my review here

    26. Really good and interesting insight into the life of a girl who decides to start wearing a hijab. It makes it clear that she's just another teenage girl like everybody else but has to deal with a lot of prejudice just because she wears a headscarf.

    27. Sixteen year old Amal makes a momentous decision right before the start of a new term at her snotty private school: she will wear the hijab. The hijab, an outward expression of her Muslim faith, will put new pressures onto Amal in addition to the normal teenagers-stressers of school, boys, and the popular crowd. 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.I know. That was a sucky su [...]

    28. Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadTooLet 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 shoppin [...]

    29. Okay so I'm a Muslim girl going into 11th grade ( I wear the head scarf full-time) and my friends told me this is a good book. So I read it and let me tell you what I thought of this book was completely different then my friends . If you want a good book I suggest "The ten things i hate about me" it felt more relate-able then this book, about a normal Muslim life. Please note their is going to be a few SPOILERS (nothing to big).When i first pick up this book I believed I was going to read a book [...]

    30. راستشو بگم، يه تلاش بسيار محوي داشتم در اين زمينه كه ازش خوشم نياد:-"ولي خب موفقيت آميز نبود:-"اول اينو بگم، كه يه حس عذاب وجدان طور دارم بهشاينكه حس ميكنم تمركز نويسنده روي يك موضوع بوده، ولي تمركز من به عنوان خواننده روي يه موضوع ديگه بود درباره ش، و اينكه انگار دغدغه ي اصلي نو [...]

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