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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  947 ratings  ·  219 reviews
An Arab-American college student struggles to live with epilepsy in this starkly colored and deeply-cutting graphic novel.

Isaac wants nothing more than to be a functional college student—but managing his epilepsy is an exhausting battle to survive. He attempts to maintain a balancing act between his seizure triggers and his day-to-day schedule, but he finds that nothing—no
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Gallery 13
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Zoe's Human It takes place in the college years, so it does contain behavior such as partying and drinking. There is also a brief mention of marijuana use. The fo…moreIt takes place in the college years, so it does contain behavior such as partying and drinking. There is also a brief mention of marijuana use. The focus of the story, however, is on the struggle with epilepsy.

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Victoria Schwab
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read in a single sitting. What an extraordinary graphic novel about a student living--and fighting--with epilepsy. Absolutely loved.
Greta G

Mis(h)adra is a tremendously powerful debut graphic novel written and illustrated by a young artist, Iasmin Omar Ata, who has epilepsy.
The title represents two Arabic words : 'mishadra' means 'cannot', and 'misadra' means 'seizure'.
The story about Isaac, the author's alter-ego, tries to convey to the reader the inner conflicts he experienced due to his condition, and shows us how helpless and unconfident it made him and just how hard it was for him to be functional in his day-to
Joce (squibblesreads)
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cried. It’s stunning visually and emotionally.
Jon Nakapalau
Wonderful and unique - this look at a collage student suffering from epilepsy is heartfelt and vivid - the different battles that have to be fought just to function on a daily basis will bring a definitive understanding to this horrible condition.
Sam Quixote
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Mis(h)adra is the autobiographical story of a young Middle Eastern student struggling with epilepsy. The title refers to two Arabic words: “mishadra”, which means “cannot”, and “misadra”, which means “seizure”. There isn’t really a story. The author’s stand-in, Isaac, suffers from epilepsy and… by the end, he’s still suffering?

I didn’t like this one very much. Of course I’m sympathetic to anyone with serious illnesses but Isaac is such an utterly irresponsible twat, I ended up hating him! So, a
Dave Schaafsma
Arab college student Isaac has epilepsy and it is ruining his life in this autobiographical fiction by Ata, who also has epilepsy. The value of this book would be endless if one were reading this as a young person with epilepsy. It is also valuable for medical and psychiatric professionals in gaining insight into the ways a disease impacts all aspects of life. Isaac isolates himself, doesn't ask for help, does badly in school, becomes suicidal.

I had to look up the title and found some help, but
Amy Nicole
This is the story of an Arab-American college student, Isaac, who struggles with living his life with epilepsy which is represented in the story by a chain of knives constantly pointed at him, ready to strike at any moment. Balancing the weight of an unsupportive family, a college courses, disbelieving doctors, and day-to-day responsibilities, Isaac is constantly under stress and feels at the end of his rope. The title, Mis(h)adra, is a play on the Arabic words “misadra,” which means “seizure,” ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Visually arresting - colors that bleed all the way to the edge of the page, some really interesting visual representations of what's going on in the characters mind, some obvious influence from manga/anime styles... I flip through this and can't feel anything but admiration.

However, when reading it front-to-back, the plot felt a little thin. I wanted more context, more character work, less focus on the central issue. The storytelling didn't pull me through as much as I wanted it to.

Great if you'
The blurb on the front says this is visceral and I have to agree: the colors in this book are stunning and effective in relating the message. Definitely this is a graphic novel worthy of discussion and I learned new things about epilepsy and seizures. I think what didn't work for me were the characters and overall flow of the story. I wished it had been a bit more subtle and intricate... I expected more of that considering the page count. ...more
Amy Ingalls
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway. I was excited when I won it, but the material hit really close to home and I put off reading it for quite a while. Well, today I finally picked it up, and read it in one sitting. I don't really read graphic novels but I thought this was good. I liked the depiction of aura, and the darkness and violence of the seizures. My husband has had seizures since he was 14. He has tried multiple medications. He has been told by family that he is weak and needs to handle stres ...more
I picked this up by chance at my library's new release stand. It's probably the best graphic novel I've ever read. (And I'm disabled myself, so my review counts as double. Don't worry about the math; just accept it.)

Book content warnings:
in-book ableism
extreme eye strain
eye horror/gore

Isaac Hammoudeh is an Arab-American college student whose epilepsy has him leading a very different life from his peers. Instead of staying up late to binge-watch shows, he's the kid ""nagging"" his roommates to ke
Danielle Booey
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok so confession, I have epilepsy. I have had it for going on 9 years now. It is a hard disease to talk about just like so many that affect the brain. The stigma of having anything wrong with your brain, especially something that causes you to lose control of your body is terrifying for people who both have the disease and those who don't. It can be difficult to comprehend just how unnerving it is to have to constantly explain how your epilepsy works to people and just wait for their unconscious ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This resonated with me a lot more than expected. I don't have epilepsy, I have depression/anxiety, but the depiction of the struggles with chronic illness mirrored my own experiences - the hopelessness, the isolation, the frustrated search for meds that work.

TWs: abuse/gaslighting from medical professionals, epilepsy, dissociation, suicidal ideation, self-harm
Maggie Gordon
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mis(h)adra gets a five star rating not because it is a perfect story, but because it's such a vibrant, emotional explosion about a topic that desperately needs more attention. The protagonist in this work has epilepsy and it hugely impacts his life, often because the people around him don't believe in his illness. The plot is a bit spare, but the emotional roller coaster and the visuals Ata employs tell a brilliant, difficult story. The art is just breathtaking in how it seems to shatter as the ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
When I first found out about this comic, I was so excited to read it. Following an MC who’s Arab-American, queer, and suffers from a disability , this ticks a lot of boxes and presents a lot of interesting intersections of marginalization. Iasmin’s work succeeds in presenting these intersections in some aspects, but it was clear that this is a debut work.

This is a beautifully illustrated comic. There are some manga influences happening here, and Iasmin uses colour to great effect: when the main
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kelley by: Victoria Schwab
So good. Really relatable for me, even though I don't have epilepsy (but I do have narcolepsy with cataplexy).Really enjoyed the unique illustration style and the different palette switches to convey various states of existing. ...more
Matthew Noe
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A visually stunning and much needed addition to the realm of graphic medicine.
Marco Morano
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata follows our main character Isaac who is struggling with school due to his debilitating epilepsy. His episodes are so painful that he no longer sees the point in trying to live.

This is everything I want from a graphic novel. The art in this book is so bright and clean and the type of art I love in graphic novels. It’s extremely emotional and while the main character can be frustrating at times I really enjoyed his growth throughout the book.

Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
2.5 Stars
The artwork in this graphic novel was very unique and trippy. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect to the actual storyline and I still don’t feel like I understand the experience having epilepsy.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I got this out from the library but I need my own copy. As someone who had seizures as a child, this really captured what it feels like, especially the misdiagnoses, I had a doctor tell my mom I was just faking it for attention 😑 I wish I could give this book to 13 y/o me.
Michelle Glatt
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, memoir
Powerful use of the graphic novel format. This memoir explores the author's struggles with epilepsy in a visceral and moving way. The images are haunting. ...more
like, almost 4 stars?

This is an extremely poignant graphic novel about the struggles of living with epilepsy. I knew going into this that it was an own voices story and although it is fictional, I often felt like this read like a memoir. I do not have epilepsy so there were a lot of aspects of this book that taught me a lot and opened me up to an experience with which I was completely unfamiliar. But I also found that I could intensely relate to other points of the story. The way that Isaac's ep
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A sympathetic ground-level depiction of a college student's struggles with epilepsy.

It's a logistical nightmare. The lack of support from his confused, skeptical family is frustrating. Doctors are as likely to dismiss him (You're probably having a panic attack, there's nothing we can do) as they are to be helpful. Stress and lack of sleep are seizure triggers, so normal aspects of college life--parties, exams, roommates--have an outsized and generally negative effect on his life, health, and ac
Rod Brown
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fairly interesting glimpse into the life of a person struggling with epilepsy. Unfortunately, it made use of the same old cliched structure of a person going off their meds and snowballing toward a full-blown crisis. I read the same thing in Turtles All the Way Down (OCD) and Calvin (schizophrenia) earlier this year. Surely there must be some other way to tell these stories. ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel was an illuminating exploration of an Arab American's experience of epilepsy, while navigating graduate studies amid ableism from loved ones and professionals alike. ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 A powerful look at the author living with and coming to terms with epilepsy.
In dealing with my own medical issues I found a lot of this novel really relatable almost painfully so. Including his dealings with the medical profession and how his illness affected his everyday life and his isolating because sometimes you can't just explain something. It leans heavily on the art which is beautiful but not always my cup of tea. (Also eye trauma if that bothers you!)
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully drawn and thoughtful graphic novel! It makes you understand much better a fraction of the life of those with epilepsy. I really like how provoking so scenes were; they make you see how real and hard the struggles Isaac goes through. I really really enjoyed this!
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The art is fantastic, really evocative and emotional. I think it’s amazing that the author was able to shed light onto his illness and experience with this work. Really well done.
Colorfully disturbing. The main character's/author's struggles are so painfully tangible, and this is what makes this so compelling. ...more
Jul 24, 2017 added it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Not sure how to rate this, the art is good but the story is not, I felt that an essay might have worked better.
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