‘Does my head look big in this’

‘Does my head look big in this’ is a Young Adult novel written by Randa Abdel-Fattah, published on August 1st, 2005.

This story takes place in Melbourne where a Muslim girl called Amal decides it’s time to wear a hijab full time. She realizes that it is a life-changing decision when she finds all those around her react differently. The story mentions some misconceptions about Islam and Hijab, presents reaction of other classmates and teacher, and portrays her emotions like a teenage girl being ridiculed by some of her peers. The novel overall illustrates the racism, religious discrimination and prejudice that continues in many parts of the world, including developed and multicultural country like Australia, where she lives. Yet, Amal’s figure as a strong woman who never changes her belief and identity as a Muslim gives the reader a sense of her courage and bravery.

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