Title: Yes, I’m Hot In This
Author: Huda Fahmy
Pages: 192 pages (E-book)
Publication Date: December 11, 2018
Publisher: Adams Media
Popular Instagram cartoonist and Muslim-American Huda Fahmy presents a hilarious, relatable, and painfully honest new collection of comics that break down barriers and show how universal our everyday problems, worries, and joys actually are.
At some point in our lives, we’ve all felt a little out of place. Huda Fahmy has found it’s a little more difficult to fade into the crowd when wearing a hijab.
In Yes, I’m Hot in This, Huda navigates the sometimes-rocky waters of life from the unique perspective of a Muslim-American woman, breaking down misconceptions of her culture one comic at a time. From recounting the many questions she gets about her hijab every day (yes, she doeshave hair) and explaining how she runs in an abaya (just fine, thank you) to dealing with misconceptions about Muslims, Yes, I’m Hot in This tackles universal feelings from an point of view we don’t hear from nearly enough.
Every one of us have experienced love, misunderstanding, anger, and a deep desire for pizza. In Yes, I’m Hot in This, Huda’s clever comics demonstrate humor’s ability to bring us together, no matter how different we may appear on the surface.
Yes, I’m Hot In This by Huda Fahmy is both hilarious and heartbreaking. It portrays what it’s like to wear a Hijab and visibly be a Muslim in America(or just in today’s world.)
The book through its illustrations, portrays the stereotyping of the religion and subtly calls out on the hypocrisy/double standard of people and media.
It calls out on how terribly wrong and faulty the Muslim Reps are in movies and how there’s not enough women of colour on-screen.
Huda Fahmy points out how people are always ready with unwarranted half boiled judgements on Muslim men and women alike. And pass on insensitive generalised comments on how Muslim men are controlling and how Muslim women are unfree and dominated – all based on JUST a piece of clothing.
She also talks about the regular bullying she is subjected to for being a Hijabi!
At the end the book has a Glossary that provides us with simple meanings of ‘dreadful’ terms like ‘Allahu Akbar’, ‘Gehad’, ‘Halal’, ‘Hijabi’ etc.
Also, I got learned a thing or two from this book. Like when you ask “Where are you from?” and they say US/whatever, it’s not okay to ask “No, where are you really from?”. Rather frame the question as “What’s your ethnic origin?”
My Rating: 5/5
‘Yes, I’m Hot In This’ is available in Hardcover and E-book.