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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Cephalopod Coffee House: Does This Make My Head Look Big?

Welcome one and all to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers, meeting to discuss their thoughts regarding the works they enjoyed most over the previous month.  Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino and join in the fun.  If you wish to add your own review to the conversation, please sign on to the link list at the end of my post.

Looks like I missed this earlier since I had a busy week and was out tonight celebration Dia De Los Muertos. Anyway, this month I decided to read young adult fiction because I thought it was time for a break from non-fiction. I'm currently reading The Wing and the Wall, a sci-fi/fantasy that I'm enjoying so far. Earlier this month I read a cultural young adult fiction, Does This Make My Head Look Big?

Basically, it's a Muslim teen's coming to age tale. The protagonist lives in Australia and decides she wants to wear a hijab. It's funny how she decided she would take the big step - she was watching an episode of Friends during winter break and she admired Rachel's courage to get up and sing. It hit her then, that she wanted to practice more of her faith. I do not want to give spoilers because I recommend this book, but the book is about how she navigates high school life, relationships with boys and her girlfriends, and the intricacies of not only being a Muslim; but being culturally different in Australia. I like how it focuses on the similarities of everyone, that it doesn't matter what your religion, race, or sexual orientation is, we are all human and we all have similar needs. It was refreshing to see the similarities and to learn from the differences too.

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