Yes, I'm Hot in This
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 does have 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 Details

TitleYes, I'm Hot in This
Author
ReleaseDec 11th, 2018
PublisherAdams Media
ISBN-139781507209349
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Religion, Humor

Yes, I'm Hot in This Review

  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    At times quite humorous and at times rather dejecting, Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab by Huda Fahmy is an insightful account of the various every day encounters Muslim women face as a result of the attire they wear for their religion. The truth is, many of these people are not given understanding and empathy or even the chance to share their culture and religion with others. Rather, many people in America make their own assumptions based on misinformation and pro At times quite humorous and at times rather dejecting, Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab by Huda Fahmy is an insightful account of the various every day encounters Muslim women face as a result of the attire they wear for their religion. The truth is, many of these people are not given understanding and empathy or even the chance to share their culture and religion with others. Rather, many people in America make their own assumptions based on misinformation and propaganda. But fortunately, there are books like this graphic novel to counter the disastrous damage that has been done to this culture and these people.What Yes, I'm Hot in This does exceptionally well is show that, in spite of the insufferable and unreasonable stereotyping and nonsensical lies spread about this culture, people in Hijab's are just that: people. They live lives similar to everyone else's in a great many ways, they enjoy reading books and watching television the same as many others. The major difference lies solely in their religion.While I'm personally not a fan of any religion, I do find it utterly despicable that often this world seems to pick and choose which religions are okay and which ones aren't. This world tries to make up some nonsense about how religions that don't match their own are evil in some way--which might be, honestly, why I tend to dislike religions in general as they always seem to bring about some ridiculous fight over whose god is the "real" god--and I think it was truly wonderful to receive an insight into the struggles of a Muslim woman looking for a place to pray. And, in true typical fashion, the white friend character made little effort to understand.Overall, this book was pretty wonderful. While it did make me sad at times I felt that it was also a very realistic, raw, and true commentary on the world today regarding how many Americans treat other cultures unfairly. Just as Huda hopes for a better world filled with more empathy and understanding, I too hope that we can one day reach a point where that is possible. And if there's anything to show for the fact that, miraculously, this world is making progress it is the fact that this book is going to be out there on December 11th for people to broaden their understanding of a culture and religion that is not their own.And I hope it has an impact in changing the way others think about and react to the kind, good-natured people who do in fact share a great many things with others and yet have been ostracized for ridiculous reasons in this country.I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.| Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Instagram |
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    A funny and straightforward look at what it's like to be visibly Muslim in America. Huda talks about wearing the hijab, sometimes needing to use the dressing room to pray, and how to answer the question, "Where are you from? No...where are you *really* from?" Honest, refreshing, relatable, and funny.I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration.
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  • Kristin Davison
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank netgalley and Adams Media for the opportunity to read this book.I follow the author on Instagram and I love this collection of her work.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant.(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley. Trigger warning for Islamophobia, racism, and sexism.)Cartoonist, educator, and former law student Huda Fahmy was born and raised in Michigan - but this doesn't stop strangers from asking her where she's really from, or commenting on the exoticism of her (midwestern) accent. Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab is a collection of her webcomics - originally seen on Instagram* - which deal Brilliant.(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley. Trigger warning for Islamophobia, racism, and sexism.)Cartoonist, educator, and former law student Huda Fahmy was born and raised in Michigan - but this doesn't stop strangers from asking her where she's really from, or commenting on the exoticism of her (midwestern) accent. Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab is a collection of her webcomics - originally seen on Instagram* - which deal with the racist, sexist, and xenophobic microaggressions she struggles with on the daily, as a Muslim WOC living in Drumpf's America. (Spoiler alert: things were pretty shitty pre-2016 too.) The result is usually cutting, often depressing, and yet (amazingly) always hilarious. Fahmy possesses a sense of humor that's equally wicked and witty. She'll have you lol-ing even as you die a little inside. People can be assholes, but Fahmy has discovered the secret recipe for making assholaid. (Erm, chocolate milkshakes? Idk.) Don't be a Small-Minded Susan, read this book! Pay special attention to Chapter 6: It Never Hurts to Hope, for some examples of allyship (and just plain human kindness) in action. * Maybe this will be the straw that finally makes me create an account?http://www.easyvegan.info/2019/01/15/...
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  • Tori (alwaysbookphoenix) Kisamore
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an E-arc from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review! I’ve been reviewing and reading a lot of internet comic artists lately who have been taking their comics and making them into books. This one is my favorite. By far. I am not a Muslim woman and I was honestly so intrigued to see what Huda’s perspective was. But I loved the explanations on her feelings of being an American born Muslim as well as the questions and comments she receives on a day to day ba I received this as an E-arc from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review! I’ve been reviewing and reading a lot of internet comic artists lately who have been taking their comics and making them into books. This one is my favorite. By far. I am not a Muslim woman and I was honestly so intrigued to see what Huda’s perspective was. But I loved the explanations on her feelings of being an American born Muslim as well as the questions and comments she receives on a day to day basis and how she takes it. This book is full of witty remarks and adorable illustrations that depict the author’s perspective vibrantly.
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  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    January 1, 1970
    This #ownvoices collection of comics by Huda (Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda-Huda) Fhamy is a hilarious, eye-opening and entirely relatable depiction of life as a hijabi, and the various overt and covert discriminations and micro-aggressions Muslims (particularly Muslim women) face on a daily basis.I laughed, cackled, teared up and cheered all the way through, and I think my shriveled empathy capacity grew at least three sizes today.A must read!I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Kelley
    January 1, 1970
    So cute and funny! Love her Instagram account and this is more of the same awesome content. My kids also loved it. Please do more!
  • True Love-Trucker
    January 1, 1970
    Love this artistI’ve enjoyed following Huda on Instagram and was very excited for her book. She has taught me a lot about a religion that I do not have a good understanding of, and it has taught me how to be more respectful of all people. Everyone should read it!
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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    Laugh out loud funny! I hesitated to include this on my shelf (on/by middle eastern women) since I feel like that would be something she might draw a panel about in this book 🤐 since she is Michigan born.... but I feel it's relevant none-the-less. My only criticism is that Huda definitely oversimplifies the many reasons behind wearing a hijab, but she makes her point in doing so.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC was provided by Adams Media through NetGalley.I'm no stranger to Instagram cartoonists, but I actually hadn't read any of Yes, I'm Hot in This prior to the galley. I really enjoyed getting to read this genre from a Muslim American perspective - I can't speak for all cartoonists, but many that I've seen are white woman writing about mental health. That's still important, but it's pretty homogenous.Fahmy thanked the author behind Introvert Doodles in the intro, and I think kind of explains w *ARC was provided by Adams Media through NetGalley.I'm no stranger to Instagram cartoonists, but I actually hadn't read any of Yes, I'm Hot in This prior to the galley. I really enjoyed getting to read this genre from a Muslim American perspective - I can't speak for all cartoonists, but many that I've seen are white woman writing about mental health. That's still important, but it's pretty homogenous.Fahmy thanked the author behind Introvert Doodles in the intro, and I think kind of explains why I didn't like this. Both share the kind of childish humor that I might brush off pretty quickly on Instagram, but left a weird taste in my mouth in a book. I don't expect pinnacle seriousness from Insta comics, but it hits a point where I really wouldn't recommend picking up the physical book or checking out the work at all.I also didn't like the artwork - it looked really sloppy and was a big deterrent to reading the collection. I think that different artists can definitely have different unique styles that set them apart (that don't have to be perfect), but the art was really basic and not appealing to look at. Most of the substance in the book came from Fahmy's perspective on being Muslim in the US, but other than that, I really wasn't a fan.
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