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Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
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Sep 28, 08

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It took me sometime to figure out how I feel about this book….I admit that there aren’t many books/novels that involve Muslims living in the western world, but at the same time I don’t feel that this particular book would be the best one to present an average view about Islam and Muslims.

While reading I felt that the writer was trying very hard to reflect a perfect picture about what she thinks an ideal Muslim family would look like…and to enhance the picture she also included how non-perfect Muslims would act…forgetting that what may seem perfect to some may not be accepted by others


For example, I did not like at all the amount of cussing used in this book…and I’m truly surprised that scholastic is sponsoring and supporting such language!

I can’t wait to read more books by this writer, and I hope she will use no cussing in her next one.

Sunday, September 28, 2008
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Afifa I don't mean this as being rude or anything....but there wasn't must cussing in this book. It was mild compared to other books by scholastic which has absolutely vulgar language. i guess u and i just have ignore them and try to enjoy the story as it is. Anyway the writer is a religious Muslim living in the Western world, so what do u mean by not portraying a Islamic family very well? I think she did.


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A. Afifa wrote: "the writer is a religious Muslim living in the Western world..."

not sure what you meant with "religious Muslim"...as far as I know religious people don't curse or cuss...not mildly nor severely

I did not read all of scholastic publications and if they do allow cussing then I'm disappointed with them.

I admire the writer's efforts yet I'm sorry i wasn't impressed...the scenario seemed a bit forced


Afifa Well...I can respect that. :) I am a Muslim myself so I know never to curse or cuss but i believe that should not be a big issue when reading the book. I admit it was a little forced. But all in all it was a good story I can relate to. Though I know a few Western-world-born Muslims who have to live through this and you also have to consider it took place at the 9/11 time. I said she was religious because her character decided to earnestly where a hijab, go to mosque and she also reads 5 prayers daily wherever she is. And she also takes in all the discrimination. A lot of Muslims don't do all that. In my school those kind of Muslims are very rare.


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