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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: ""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 more interested in her getting a marriage certificate than her high school certificate!
And I thought I had problems.
This book is really inspirational and heaps of girls can benifit from books like these wheather their Muslim or not. I think behind all the humor and fanatics their is a serious message to all girls out there but the point is to figure it out yourself.
"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 preist asked me again: 'What is your confession, my child?'
'I'm Muslim.' I whispered."
Sixteen year old Amal-Hakim, an Australian-Palestinian-Muslim is still getting a grip with her identity and being a muslim at a posh high school certainly doesnt help. But her friends are really supportive, even though they have some problems of their own - Simone, blonde and stunning, is dealing with huge image issues while Leila, as smart as she is has a mum that is only focusing on her marriage certificate. After deciding to wear the hijab, Amal's life starts to turn around: Adam is beginning to notice her and people are treating her with the respect she has always wanted. But can she keep up this new identity? And how will her incredibly strict parents feel about all this?
This book is an amazing read for any teenage girl who loves a laugh and is very easy to relate to. After reading literally the first sentence, I knew I would love this book and I have nearly finished it after starting it two days ago! The language Randa Abdel-Fattah has used would easily come out of any teenagers mouth, and she really shows her knowledge of Muslims and Palestinians in Australia. There are also a lot of great life lessons for girls about image, religion, smoking and self confidence; I am positive that after reading this, girls will "see the light" and realise their inner beauty, or just have confidence in themselves. A fabulously written book with a great storyline.
This book was AWESOME, you should definitely read it,
An amazing book about speaking out, being yourself and believing in your dreams.
a teenage girl faced with cultural problems. Amal is muslim. Her religion forbids her to sleep with anyone other than her future husband. Try telling that to the boy you have the hots for.
that it really just tells you to be yourself and to listen to your heart.
romantic books, books about trust and friendship or books with real life issues.
in school where you might be able to relate to Amal's problems to your own problems or at home.
a bit of romantic music and a song about friendship and love and trust.
A middle eastern/ anglo girl trying to find her place in society. She is a bit lost in where she stands religiously and socially.
The ability to make you laugh and cry. Whilst I read this book it felt like there were subliminal messages being sent out to me from the main characters.
\"Saving Francesca\" by Melina Marchetta.
In the park or in a garden, some place where there is lots of sunshine.
\"Whats my name?\" by The Clash.