Synopses & Reviews
Randa Abdel-Fattah's new novel about about finding your place in life . . . and learning to accept yourself and your culture.
"At school I'm Aussie-blonde Jamie -- one of the crowd. At home I'm Muslim Jamilah -- driven mad by my Stone Age dad. I should win an Oscar for my acting skills. But I can't keep it up for much longer..."
Jamie just wants to fit in. She doesn't want to be seen as a stereotypical Muslim girl, so she does everything possible to hide that part of herself. Even if it means pushing her friends away because she's afraid to let them know her dad forbids her from hanging out with boys or that she secretly loves to play the darabuka (Arabic drums).
In Abdel-Fattah's breakthrough first novel, "Does My Head Look Big in This?," an Australian Muslim teen defies prejudice and wears the hijab as a badge of her deeply held faith. This story looks at the issues from the opposite viewpoint: Jamilah, a 16-year-old Lebanese Muslim. hides her Muslim identity, even from her best friend.