Huda’s search for love combined with her absolutely adorable illustrations made for one of my favorite reads thus far in 2020.
Published: 10 March 2020
Publisher:Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre(s): Graphic Novel/Humor/Memoir
Chaperones, suitors, and arranged marriages aren’t only reserved for the heroines of a Jane Austen novel. They’re just another walk in the park for this leading lady, who is on a mission to find her leading lad. From the brilliant comics Yes, I’m Hot in This, Huda Fahmy tells the hilarious story of how she met and married her husband. Navigating mismatched suitors, gossiping aunties, and societal expectations for Muslim women, That Can Be Arranged deftly and hilariously reveals to readers what it can be like to find a husband as an observant Muslim woman in the twenty-first century.
So relevant in today’s evolving cultural climate, Fahmy’s story offers a perceptive and personal glimpse into the sometimes sticky but ultimately rewarding balance of independent choice and tradition.
Representation: Muslim & hijabi characters throughout
Huda’s humor was infused in nearly every moment of this story, from when an auntie makes a snide remark about her age & marrying at that point (there was reference to a cat hotel 😬😲) to when she first sees/meet her future husband Gehad at a conference (🥰😍).
The callbacks to earlier times, earlier loves/crushes, etc., also had these asides that I’d call tea time episodes because Huda would come to us with commentary from her favorite seat with a warm cup of tea, dispensing the wisdom thindsightight had granted her.
Readers will also get insight into Huda’s experience as a Muslim woman growing up, learning the Rules as she puts them, that govern her life and interactions with regards to dating & marriage. Her confusion about finding The One may be familiar to readers who experience similar feelings and even if not, her journey is peppered with, as aforementioned, Huda’s brilliant handling of any and all material with signature humor.
From Huda to Gehad to her parents, whether assorted side characters or Huda’s own asides, there is no shortage of content for laughs. Something for everyone to laugh with as you read alongside Huda’s journey, as I did, in That Can Be Arranged. 😊
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Quotes included are from an advanced reader copy and may not reflect the finalized copy.