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Huda F Are You?: 10/12/22
Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy (2021) is a YA graphic novel inspired by the author's childhood in Dearborn, Michigan. Huda and her family have moved to a town with a vibrant Muslim community — a big change from where they were the only one. Now Huda feels the need to change up how she does things so she can stand out more.
In tone and theme, Huda's awkwardness in her new school reminds me of the Babymouse: Tales from the Locker series by Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm. With her many sisters, including the amusingly invisible one, I was reminded of the Friends graphic novel series by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (Illustrator).
I found Huda's desire for practicality and comfort in her day to day attire relatable. Although her choice and my choice on that account are very different, I got where she was coming from.
But this isn't just about being the oddball at a new school. In the background of her time at high school is a boy being arrested for making a fake bomb. It was a Halloween costume. For a longer exploration of these events, I recommend Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed (2021).