Does My Head Look Big in This?
is a novel by the Muslim-Australian author Randa Abdel-Fattah. The plot revolves around a sixteen-year-old Muslim Australian Palestinian girl, Amal, and her decision to wear the hijab, the traditional Islamic headscarf, and the reactions of her friends and family.
Tropes featured include:
- Alpha Bitch: Tia
- Author Filibuster: Sometimes comes off as this, especially in the more contrived situations such as when Amal is on the bus with a racist bus driver and a kind old lady, or when Amal goes on about how Muslims also believe that Jesus is a prophet.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Between Yasmeen's mother and Western values.
- Token Trio: Amal is Palestinian, one friend is Asian, and the other is white.
- World's Shortest Book: When the protagonist is taunted by Tia Thompson about her religion, she makes an offhand comment about finding the shortest book she ever read, called My Thoughts by Tia Thompson. Tia gives up for the time being.