Huda F Are You? (Paperback)
Huda and her family just moved to Dearborn, Michigan, a small town with a big Muslim population. In her old town, Huda knew exactly who she was: She was the hijabi girl. But in Dearborn, everyone is the hijabi girl.
Huda is lost in a sea of hijabis, and she can't rely on her hijab to define her anymore. She has to define herself. So she tries on a bunch of cliques, but she isn't a hijabi fashionista or a hijabi athlete or a hijabi gamer. She's not the one who knows everything about her religion or the one all the guys like. She's miscellaneous, which makes her feel like no one at all. Until she realizes that it'll take finding out who she isn't to figure out who she is.
"Fahmy portrays the negotiations of identity—be it social, cultural, or personal—in high school with humor and genuine warmth . . . [a] funny, thoughtful story of negotiating school dynamics, cultural identity, and individual agency." —BCCB
"Fahmy comedically captures Huda’s embarrassing moments, conflicting desires for validation and acceptance, and the sarcasm she uses as a coping mechanism when facing everyday Islamophobia, xenophobia, bigotry, and microaggressions . . . Hilarious, charming, and much needed." —Kirkus
"[An] unconventional fish-out-of-water story . . . [an] entertaining, frequently wry fictionalized memoir." —Publishers Weekly
"In her signature loose, expressive cartooning style, Fahmy deftly balances humor and seriousness . . . The specific context of Huda’s story is sure to resonate with Muslim teens, but the pitch-perfect jokes and search for a way to stand up for herself without standing out too much is something lots of teens can relate to." —Booklist
“Huda Fahmy’s YA debut is a window into the world of a Muslim teen in modern-day America. A hilarious navigation of high school, faith, and acceptance, Huda F Are You? is a must-read that I devoured in a matter of hours!” —Hafsah Faizal, New York Times bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame
“I was hooked from page one, and read the entire book in one breath. The story is both heart-wrenching and hilarious, as Huda Fahmy flawlessly weaves together laugh-out-loud moments with the emotionally raw honesty of the coming-of-age struggle. I cannot wait to have this book on my shelf for many future rereads!” —Svetlana Chmakova, award-winning author of Awkward, Crush, and Brave
“Only Huda Fahmy could take the complex experience of navigating her developing Muslim identity, add a generous sprinkle of teenage awkwardness, throw in expressive illustrations and witty asides, and weave it all into a coming-of-age story this warm and engaging. I didn’t want it to end!” —Tyler Feder, award-winning author of Dancing at the Pity Party
“An honest, heartfelt exploration of identity and self-awareness, Huda F Are You? is a relatable, poignant tale of growing up Muslim in the United States. Readers will cheer Huda on, and each picture brings hilarious teenage antics to life in this wonderful graphic novel!” —Uzma Jalaluddin, award-winning author of Ayesha at Last and Hana Khan Carries On
“This is the book, the one I’ve been waiting for my entire life. Full of wit, wisdom, and all-too-real hilarity, Huda F Are You? is for all of us who explored every pull from every direction—except the one from our own hearts. After inhaling the story, you’ll do what I did: reread it again and again to savor its brilliance.” —S. K. Ali, award-winning author of Saints and Misfits
“Warm, insightful and laugh-out-loud funny, Huda F Are You? explores the complexities of belonging in a way that readers of all backgrounds will appreciate. A treat and a triumph.” —G. Willow Wilson, Hugo Award–winning creator of Alif the Unseen and Ms. Marvel