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Huda Fahmy's sense of humor is undeniable, and her story is undeniably relatable. Fahmy as Huda F carefully explores not just the prejudice she faced in high school as a Muslim, but her pride and joy in her faith. At the same time, with friendly illustration and introspective narration, she explores a universal story of a teen looking for friends, connection, identity, and belief in oneself. I smiled through this story, feeling I met a new friend myself.
From the creator of the hugely popular webcomic Yes I'm Hot In This comes a graphic novel about a young American Muslim growing up and figuring out who she is
Huda and her family just moved to Dearborn, Michigan, a small town with a big Muslim population. But Huda doesn't fit in--when everyone is Muslim, there's no Muslim clique like there was in her last town, and Huda's not a sporty hijabi or a fashionista hijabi or a gamer hijabi. She's just Huda, and she's not sure what that means. She tries on all kinds of identities and friends, but nothing fits quite right. Until she realizes she can get back to the basics.
About the Author
Huda Fahmy grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, and has loved comics since she was a kid. She attended the University of Michigan where she majored in English. She taught English to middle and high schoolers for eight years before she started writing about her experiences as a visibly Muslim woman in America and was encouraged by her older sister to turn these stories into comics. Huda, her husband Gehad, and their son reside in Houston, Texas.
Praise for Huda F Are You? A 2022 NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books List Selection
"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
"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