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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, gossipi 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.


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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, gossipi 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.

30 review for That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    MischaS_

    YAY! Review #700! ***Advance Review Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** Seeing that this book was by Huda was an instant to-read for me. I enjoy her comics very much. And I like that she does not hesitate to joke on her account as well. This book is not the usual "comics strips". It actually tells the story of how she got married, from her first crush, through getting her suitors and then finding the one under the supervision of her mother. There is act YAY! Review #700! ***Advance Review Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** Seeing that this book was by Huda was an instant to-read for me. I enjoy her comics very much. And I like that she does not hesitate to joke on her account as well. This book is not the usual "comics strips". It actually tells the story of how she got married, from her first crush, through getting her suitors and then finding the one under the supervision of her mother. There is actual text (minimal) which is accompanied by the art. I actually enjoyed it that it all connected and said one story. Honestly, I would not mind more content, especially on his parents. Overall, a charming read. I would say that it's probably like 3,5/5⭐.

  2. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    the hijabis really won with this one 🥺🥺🥺🥺 i love it so much 🥺🥺🥺🥺

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    I didn't expect to love this one so much!!! It was really funny and yes, fun to read. The artstyle complimented the story so well and the way it's written was really wholesome for a graphic memoir. This is the story of a woman belonging to the Muslim community whose life revolved around marriage at one time of her life so much that she almost got into some weird arranged dates. She used to have insane thoughts and perceptions regarding her own worth, to be someone who could decide things on her o I didn't expect to love this one so much!!! It was really funny and yes, fun to read. The artstyle complimented the story so well and the way it's written was really wholesome for a graphic memoir. This is the story of a woman belonging to the Muslim community whose life revolved around marriage at one time of her life so much that she almost got into some weird arranged dates. She used to have insane thoughts and perceptions regarding her own worth, to be someone who could decide things on her own. The book told about the various experiences she had while looking for a suitor ever since she was 17. Yes, it happens like that in some communities and families in order to marry off their daughters. Sad thing that such practices are still happening. Women in their early 20s are considered 'old' and 'broken' if not married. This story has been illustrated really well, hilarious at times and so damn relatable. I specifically loved the parts where the main character started gorging on Jane Austen's books and also when she considered taking classes to be better than just mopping around being sad and rejected. Overall, this was such an amazing read. Thank you #NetGalley for the copy of #ThatCanBeArranged.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 Stars This comic book tells the story of Huda, the author, and her arranged marriage to the man of her dreams and the love of her life, Gehad. This book definitely gives a lot of information on this type of marriage that people may not be familiar with. It was quite funny and I adored the parts where her mother was involved in the courting process. I also very much admired how the themes of The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 Stars This comic book tells the story of Huda, the author, and her arranged marriage to the man of her dreams and the love of her life, Gehad. This book definitely gives a lot of information on this type of marriage that people may not be familiar with. It was quite funny and I adored the parts where her mother was involved in the courting process. I also very much admired how the themes of self-growth and self-love were dealt with, it was very nice to see Huda realize things about herself and learn from them. The drawing style was a bit simplistic in my opinion, but other than that it was a good read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    S.K. Ali

    I absolutely adored this! SO much of it resonated with my life -- like no other book. It'll make you fall in love with love, while laughing your heart out! I'm smiling even as I write this review...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Silvia

    I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. I had such a fun time reading this! It's a very quick read but it made me laugh out loud a few times (I was drinking tea at the moment and I narrowly avoided one or two cartoon-style spit-your-tea-laughing moments) and it was also a fun way to open my eyes to a world I didn't know much about, the world of Muslim dating courtship and general pre-marriage shenanigans. I did I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. I had such a fun time reading this! It's a very quick read but it made me laugh out loud a few times (I was drinking tea at the moment and I narrowly avoided one or two cartoon-style spit-your-tea-laughing moments) and it was also a fun way to open my eyes to a world I didn't know much about, the world of Muslim dating courtship and general pre-marriage shenanigans. I didn't know Huda before but I think she did a wonderful job at opening up about her life in a humorous and honest way, and regardless of whether you come from a similar background or from a completely different one, it's very easy to relate to her. I was so happy for her when she understood her worth and didn't settle for something that would've made her unhappy, and when she found her husband. I really recommend this if you're interested in the topic and I encourage you to go read reviews by Muslim reviewers rather than mine.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sakina (aforestofbooks)

    Absolutely incredible! This is the book I wish I had when I was little. It’s funny and super relatable. I actually wasn’t expecting to connect with it this much, but it has the representation (both Islamic and cultural) I needed and wanted. The rules part was perfect and 100% described me when I was 5. And the different kinds of suitors cracked me up, especially the visa one 😂 I just want Huda to write and draw more because I can never get enough of her comics and stories!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I had already pre-ordered this book, based on "Yes, I'm hot in this", Huda's first book, which was a collection of her strips. I was not disappointed. Well written, full of humor, this is a great way to explain what arranged marriages are to the non-muslim world. Because of her English literature background, Huda is able to pull in Jane Austin, and explain, the similarities of dating then, with dating now. Although, something that wasn't around in the Regency period, email that her mother had to I had already pre-ordered this book, based on "Yes, I'm hot in this", Huda's first book, which was a collection of her strips. I was not disappointed. Well written, full of humor, this is a great way to explain what arranged marriages are to the non-muslim world. Because of her English literature background, Huda is able to pull in Jane Austin, and explain, the similarities of dating then, with dating now. Although, something that wasn't around in the Regency period, email that her mother had to read. Through it all, Huda makes fun of her feelings, and her reactions, and generally has a good time telling how she met the man that would become her husband. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I didn't plan on reading this but I just picked it. It is a super sweet graphic novel that showcases dating for a Muslim woman which had so much heart and personality. It was just funny and insightful for me. I'm so glad to see books like this and I hope loads of people pick it up as I do recommend it !!

  10. 4 out of 5

    A Robin Reads

    Really loved this! So funny, honest and cute. I really loved this book! It was amazing! First of all I really liked the explanation at the beginning, it helped me understand stuff more. Then the story itself began and it was also really great. The drawings were simple, but therefore really effective. The story itself was really interesting and I really got to know more about Muslim culture. I loved the writing style, it was really funny and inspirational. I would love to read more by this author! Really loved this! So funny, honest and cute. I really loved this book! It was amazing! First of all I really liked the explanation at the beginning, it helped me understand stuff more. Then the story itself began and it was also really great. The drawings were simple, but therefore really effective. The story itself was really interesting and I really got to know more about Muslim culture. I loved the writing style, it was really funny and inspirational. I would love to read more by this author! Review first published on my blog: I read That can be arranged by Huda Fahmy. I got this free copy of the book for Netgalley; huge thanks to them for letting me read this book. This is a comicbook about the story of the author about an arranged marriage. The artwork was super good. It was simple, but therefore not less affective. The story itself was very inspiring, funny and I really learned a couple of things about muslim culture that I didn't know before. I gave it 5 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    This is a delightful comic format book that tells the story of Fahmy's arranged marriage and her years waiting to find "the one." This is a great insight into a culture that's pretty foreign to me. Fahmy is so likeable and relatable. The book wasn't just informative but also just a fun read. I'm a new fan of Huda Fahmy. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    I'm a big fan of the "Yes, I'm hot in this" comics, so when I saw this was available as "read now", I quickly downloaded it and dove in. And I loved this! It was so funny, and the mix of text and comic works really well. It was a very quick, very entertaining read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bruna Miranda

    **I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review** That's really cute. Huda's story delivers an interesting perspective on arranged marriages, which is something very frowned upon by most non-Muslim people. We usually assume it is something "outdated" and that goes against the woman's wishes but guess what? Someone forgot to ask the women how they felt about it. She makes it very clear that this story is her own and that, for better or worse, her story doesn't translate the "who **I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review** That's really cute. Huda's story delivers an interesting perspective on arranged marriages, which is something very frowned upon by most non-Muslim people. We usually assume it is something "outdated" and that goes against the woman's wishes but guess what? Someone forgot to ask the women how they felt about it. She makes it very clear that this story is her own and that, for better or worse, her story doesn't translate the "whole experience of Muslim women with marriage" – which you'd think someone doesn't have to explain about her own story, right? It was a fun reading. The illustration style didn't do much for me, but that's a completely personal thing. It was funny and cute at the end.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Neelam

    Thank you to Netgalley and Andrew McMeel Publishing for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Excuse me while I squeal because I absolutely adored this comic book and I have already read it several times and oh my god I cannot wait for me to get a physical copy so I can appreciate all the art even more! This book has already become one of my favourite reads of the year. I am going to fangirl several times throughout this review. You have been warned! I absolutely adore Huda’s comics Thank you to Netgalley and Andrew McMeel Publishing for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Excuse me while I squeal because I absolutely adored this comic book and I have already read it several times and oh my god I cannot wait for me to get a physical copy so I can appreciate all the art even more! This book has already become one of my favourite reads of the year. I am going to fangirl several times throughout this review. You have been warned! I absolutely adore Huda’s comics on Instagram and her first book Yes, I’m Hot in This was so funny and relatable that as soon as she announced this book I pre-ordered so fast! Then I saw it on netgalley and literally squealed with joy! This book is hilarious and adorable and so relatable and I cannot even begin to coherently express how much I loved this book! Also the clarification about her hijab at the beginning had me giggling because wow I have dealt with these questions for so many years. Huda starts her book with her own twist on the iconic line from Pride and Prejudice and I just about died. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books and any reference to it has me squealing! They are even wearing clothes that are reminiscent of the clothes the sisters wear in Pride and Prejudice and I just loved it all so much! I also loved how she doesn’t shy away from saying that actually when she saw her now husband she thought he was cute because we all do even though the Asian aunties would probably have a stroke if they ever found out! I loved how Huda included all the etiquettes and Islamic rulings on interactions between genders but not in a preachy way, it was light hearted and fun to read and honestly can we all be taught this way instead of the popular fire and brimstone method. Reading about the different suitors was so hilarious and cringe worthy because I also experienced this and the sheer horror of being interrogated by his family and trying to talk to the guy you may end up marrying without 50 people trying to listen into the conversation. The comparisons between Pride and Prejudice and Islamic courtship was so much fun to read and so true! (Maybe that’s why I love it so much hmm) Jane bint Austen had me cackling and honestly I just loved the Austen inspired clothes throughout the story too. I loved how she incorporated seeing the red flags and that we deserve better than a man who won’t respect and appreciate us. It’s something that is so important yet rarely discussed in these situations. I loved reading about how she focused on herself and it was so relatable and attending the Islamic studies conferences which is something me and my friends did a lot in our twenties. When I read bout her wedding and how Huda walked in doing her own zaghrouta I just sat there thinking wow I wish I had, had the guts to have more fun on my wedding! I also need to mention how absolutely adorable I find Huda and Gehad in the comics and they honestly remind me of me and my husband and how we are with each other. It was just so lovely to read. Also special mention goes to Huda’s mum who I absolutely love in the comics and it totally reminded me of the women in my family who had to constantly tell me to “behave like a bride” on my wedding and I gleefully ignored them. This whole book is hilarious and yet still filled with important themes which Huda never shy’s away from discussing and she written them in such a way that they balanced so well with the lighter funnier parts. I loved this from the first page to the very end. It was exactly the type of book I had hoped for when I started and honestly this is a book that I will read repeatedly because I jist love it so much. I have actually already read it twice and I fully intend to read it several more times this year. It’s a book that you can read it again and again never tire of it. Everyone please do yourselves a favour and go and read this book and also go read her first book and check out her comics on her social media. You will not regret it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tahoora Hashmi

    I can't even express it in words how much I lovvvveeddd this mini book. It made me laugh out loud so many times and it was sooo cuuutteee. Aaah God bless the writer.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rameela (Star)

    I NEED THIS IMMEDIATELY PLEASE AND THANK YOU uPDATE: THANKS, NETGALLEY! Initial Thoughts: HUDA DOES IT AGAIN WITH THIS ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS SUPER RELATABLE PERFECT STORY BASED ON HER LIFE. I LAUGHED AND FELT HOPEFUL AND IT WAS WONDERFUL I HAVE NO PROPER WORDS TO DESCRIBE MY ELATION THANKS. Full review on my blog: https://starisallbookedup.wordpress.c... I read Yes, I’m Hot in This in 2019 and it was so funny and relatable! I’ve been following Huda on instagram for a while and she had posted a snea I NEED THIS IMMEDIATELY PLEASE AND THANK YOU uPDATE: THANKS, NETGALLEY! Initial Thoughts: HUDA DOES IT AGAIN WITH THIS ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS SUPER RELATABLE PERFECT STORY BASED ON HER LIFE. I LAUGHED AND FELT HOPEFUL AND IT WAS WONDERFUL I HAVE NO PROPER WORDS TO DESCRIBE MY ELATION THANKS. Full review on my blog: https://starisallbookedup.wordpress.c... I read Yes, I’m Hot in This in 2019 and it was so funny and relatable! I’ve been following Huda on instagram for a while and she had posted a sneak peek of this (featuring pac-man Huda, who is my favorite) and I couldn’t wait for it! I read this through Netgalley but it doesn’t change my thoughts about how perfect it is! Huda does a phenomenal job of creating a fun and interesting narrative based on her own life while also making hilarious jokes and explaining about Islam. I obviously love her hilarious narration. I loved how relatable she made the story and even if it might not be related to my own experience at all times (I have yet to find my soulmate), Huda has a great disclaimer in the very beginning saying that Islam is not a monolith and that her experience shouldn’t be used as the only reference for all Muslims. I really appreciate how thoughtful Huda was when explaining all that. Not only was the storytelling brilliant, it also gave me hope for my own future and it gave me all happy vibes! I would definitely would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick funny read while also learning about Islamic “dating”. If you enjoy hilarious and wholesome “meet cutes” and incredibly wholesome and relevant stories based on a Muslim woman’s experience, this is definitely something you should check out!

  17. 4 out of 5

    zaheerah

    *I received a copy of both these books via the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.* In her second comic, Huda Fahmy recounts the story of how she met her husband, Gehad. Marriage is always tricky, and especially for Huda as she faces gossiping aunties and overbearing parents who want the best for her. That Can Be Arranged is hilarious, quirky and quite refreshing. A simple story which also discusses misconceptions about the aut *I received a copy of both these books via the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.* In her second comic, Huda Fahmy recounts the story of how she met her husband, Gehad. Marriage is always tricky, and especially for Huda as she faces gossiping aunties and overbearing parents who want the best for her. That Can Be Arranged is hilarious, quirky and quite refreshing. A simple story which also discusses misconceptions about the autonomy of Muslim women, and offers another way to understand what life is like for a Muslim woman in a modern age. Fahmy's sense of humour is strange, but I surprisingly enjoyed it. I see a lot of her art on Instagram so I knew I had to read this one. The story is practical, nothing too extreme, and I really enjoyed how open she was about her spirituality in her story. I also appreciated how she's so unabashed when it comes to expressing all her struggles. I'll admit the art style isn't my taste, but her wit and humour really makes up for it. Fahmy's story is quick and simple, yet makes its mark about her longing to find someone, the struggles it entails and making sure she gets married for the right reason and with the right person.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dany

    Adorable comics!!!! Huda tells the story of how she met her husband. Kinda like "How I Met Your Mother" but make it Muslim and short. I'm not Muslim , but I can relate to so much stuff in this book. I love how hilarious Huda is (I actually love her comics) and she made a lot of jokes even about herself! I loved and adored the book entirely and the comics wasn't my fave part. Ofcourse it was amazing. But Huda tells the self love she was able to attain and how she set boundaries, which was astonishi Adorable comics!!!! Huda tells the story of how she met her husband. Kinda like "How I Met Your Mother" but make it Muslim and short. I'm not Muslim , but I can relate to so much stuff in this book. I love how hilarious Huda is (I actually love her comics) and she made a lot of jokes even about herself! I loved and adored the book entirely and the comics wasn't my fave part. Ofcourse it was amazing. But Huda tells the self love she was able to attain and how she set boundaries, which was astonishing. I received the e-ARC from the publisher and NetGalley. This has not affected my opinions.

  19. 4 out of 5

    nadiaizzaty

    This book is cute and really recommended to all Muslim who are in the midst of finding soulmate . I totally agree with the author whereby , if want to find the soulmate that we want : Firstly, learn to love ourself first. Secondly , take any lessons or classes that makes your self happy . Thirdly , don’t ever give up and trust Allah . As Allah the One that knows when you are ready and when your soulmate are ready . The book also full of humour therefore , you will continue reading it . The illustra This book is cute and really recommended to all Muslim who are in the midst of finding soulmate . I totally agree with the author whereby , if want to find the soulmate that we want : Firstly, learn to love ourself first. Secondly , take any lessons or classes that makes your self happy . Thirdly , don’t ever give up and trust Allah . As Allah the One that knows when you are ready and when your soulmate are ready . The book also full of humour therefore , you will continue reading it . The illustrations also so cute . I love this book . <3

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ari Reavis

    I laughed so much reading this book and related to so many aspects of it. Beyond being a story of love, it's also a story of self-worth, not settling just to live up to other's expectations, and staying true to yourself. I really liked the way she went through each phase, from first crushes to being the guest at other people's weddings, to having her own. I'm sure this book will promptly be stolen by my daughter so I'm just glad I got to read it before it disappears from my room.

  21. 5 out of 5

    legenbooksdary

    This short book is fun, relatable for my fellow muslim sisters and it will give readers a wider perspective on marriage and finding ‘the one’. The one thing that I will absolutely take to heart is that even though the main character felt hopeless, she did something about it instead and take matters into her hands. This book has a lot of humour which I can sense must have come from the author herself. I didn’t feel bored at all reading this book and actually had a really great time. I was deeply a This short book is fun, relatable for my fellow muslim sisters and it will give readers a wider perspective on marriage and finding ‘the one’. The one thing that I will absolutely take to heart is that even though the main character felt hopeless, she did something about it instead and take matters into her hands. This book has a lot of humour which I can sense must have come from the author herself. I didn’t feel bored at all reading this book and actually had a really great time. I was deeply amused most of the time. I’ve seen before this author’s comic strips on twitter and always adored it. Its really great that its now available longer and in book form. To anyone who is coming of age for marriage, I highly recommend you to read this insightful book. Because she didn’t give up, instead worked harder to be closer to Allah by learning about the religion and taking classes. She also said that she is worth the wait and the right guy will come along eventually. Just a matter of time and I find this really beautiful and reminer for myself and to all the women out there. You are worth the wait, no matter what people say. I really love this book so much and I could have read it in one sitting but I didn’t want to. Instead, I took my time reading it and take in all the cute illustrations one at a time. Its such a great book, funny and relatable for any muslim girls.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin (CMAReads)

    #partner Andrews McMeel Publishing What a fun book this was. I have followed Huda on Instagram for a while now, and I love how she takes time to share and educate about her faith and life. This book is solely about her experience with arranged marriage. I loved how each page incorporated her comics and some more text to better explain some situations. I would have really enjoyed there being more at the end of the book, but maybe she’ll write another one one day.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    This graphic novel was a delightful read – informative, served up with a side of humor. If you have wondered what dating is like in the Muslim world this book is for you. The illustrations throughout the book are really cute.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suad Shamma

    I do love Huda Fahmy! What an enjoyable and adorable read! And what a wonderfully realistic, positive and relatable glimpse into the life of a hijabi, but not only a hijabi but a Muslim girl. I highly recommend this read, very amusing, and very well executed!

  25. 4 out of 5

    MBR

    Huda Fahmy is a Muslim living in the United States, sharing her real life experiences in the form of comic strips published on Instagram. I started following her somewhere around last year; I mean who wouldn’t love the at times acerbic humor and wit that flows so smoothly through her meaningful comics that most Muslims can relate to? When I found out that Huda was releasing her new book, That Can Be Arranged sometime this year, I have been counting down the days. That is until during one of my on Huda Fahmy is a Muslim living in the United States, sharing her real life experiences in the form of comic strips published on Instagram. I started following her somewhere around last year; I mean who wouldn’t love the at times acerbic humor and wit that flows so smoothly through her meaningful comics that most Muslims can relate to? When I found out that Huda was releasing her new book, That Can Be Arranged sometime this year, I have been counting down the days. That is until during one of my once in a blue moon forays into Netgalley served me with the best of surprises; this title was up for grabs for an ARC review. Quickly downloading it and reading through it in one setting, I was fascinated by the story of how Huda found her soulmate for life in Gehad her husband. Islam is a pivotal part of Huda’s comics, and the way she so brilliantly imparts Islamic knowledge and wisdom without sounding preachy is something I have come to appreciate immensely in her work. As a romance lover, I loved Huda and Gehad’s story. As a Muslim, I loved it even more. Why? Because Huda’s real life journey towards finding her soulmate gives hope in a way not many stories can; that valuing your own self and loving yourself is a first step towards finding someone who would love all of you, imperfections and all of that. That is not a lesson that many learn before they make huge mistakes, which I believe for the most part Huda managed to skirt around. Easier said than done, right? Huda too felt the same when she first started out on her journey, trying to fit certain molds that society can often project on your subconscious. The well-meaning family, both immediate and otherwise can often dampen the spirits of the most enthusiastic, especially when they have a tendency to kick you where it hurts when it comes to affairs of the heart. Luckily, Huda is spared most of the heartbreak because she is strong in many ways from the onset, her mother and father being supportive of what she wanted for herself rather than trying to marry her off to the first thing that crosses over from the realm of eligible men. Her continued efforts towards learning more about her religion which actually brings her finally to Gehad and identifies in him her soulmate was beautiful in a way that is indescribable. There is a certain allure in the way Huda combines traditions with that touch of modern flair which I identified with on a deep level. While I know that living as a Muslim, especially in a country like the US at a time when Islamophobia is on the rise and is rampant must be difficult, I did identify somethings that I wouldn’t mind having over here, a “100%” Islamic country as well. One of them being Muslim scholars who are more approachable and understanding of the unique challenges faced by Muslims of the world today. That in essence is a huge gap in most Muslim societies, the inability of scholars to get to the heart of the issues and reach out to the disillusioned among us. It is so easy to give into despair in a world that is so skewed in favor of the few, it is so easy to get lost in the fray. In short, I loved it all. Recommended for anyone who appreciates humor and wit, combined with the belief that God indeed works in the most mysterious of ways. Final Verdict: A unique portrayal of navigating the marriage market in a Muslim society, giving insight into the traditions and societal expectations on women, and a journey of self discovery and spirituality towards finding the one! Rating = 4.25/5 For more reviews and quotes, please visit A Maldivian's Passion for Romance

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maya Potter

    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this unique story! Fahmy’s life story and how she got married was interesting to read because of all the hilarious moments that happened. I also liked the Muslim representation in this book. Although each culture has different practices, her character was relatable to other Muslim girls living in the West. The best part about this book was when she worked to improve herself by learning new things and engaging in hobbie I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this unique story! Fahmy’s life story and how she got married was interesting to read because of all the hilarious moments that happened. I also liked the Muslim representation in this book. Although each culture has different practices, her character was relatable to other Muslim girls living in the West. The best part about this book was when she worked to improve herself by learning new things and engaging in hobbies rather than being disappointed because she wasn’t married early. My only concerns with this book was the format. I liked the idea of the graphics but just having one line of text on each page felt like it was too short. I feel like this book would have been better if there were more details included. Overall, it was a nice and easy read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    I've been following Fahmy's Instagram for quite some time and always thought her comics and content were truly funny and great. And this book definitely delivered. 'That Can Be Arranged' is an endearing read where we follow Fahmy's journey to finding a husband. I liked the insights Fahmy shared upon her journey (self-worth, self-love, taking initiative, staying true to your belief, etc.) and how she kept a light-hearted tone despite covering some serious topics. I truly enjoyed this read. There I've been following Fahmy's Instagram for quite some time and always thought her comics and content were truly funny and great. And this book definitely delivered. 'That Can Be Arranged' is an endearing read where we follow Fahmy's journey to finding a husband. I liked the insights Fahmy shared upon her journey (self-worth, self-love, taking initiative, staying true to your belief, etc.) and how she kept a light-hearted tone despite covering some serious topics. I truly enjoyed this read. There were plenty of moments that made me smile and chuckle. I'd definitely recommend this to any hopeless romantics, fans of Jane Austen, and anyone curious about this book. Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    C

    That Can Be Arranged is a hilarious and engaging graphic memoir, following Huda Fahmy's experience in finding love when it seemed impossible. I enjoyed every page of this novel. The humour is on point as Huda addresses within her story some highly relatable topics surrounding marriage in this day and age - things like the selection of good men being slim, not wanting to get married for the wrong reasons, and the fear of never getting married at all. The way she described meeting her husband and t That Can Be Arranged is a hilarious and engaging graphic memoir, following Huda Fahmy's experience in finding love when it seemed impossible. I enjoyed every page of this novel. The humour is on point as Huda addresses within her story some highly relatable topics surrounding marriage in this day and age - things like the selection of good men being slim, not wanting to get married for the wrong reasons, and the fear of never getting married at all. The way she described meeting her husband and the courtship was so beautiful, it made me excited to one day find my own husband. One day in the far future, but one day nonetheless. I would recommend this book to any single woman, whether you are religious or not, because this book speaks some serious truths about relationships, and we get to hear it all from a loveable character.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aisha (thatothernigeriangirl)

    I am not one to care about not being married but AWWWWWWNNNN! This book is so cute, MashaAllah! I’m very happy for Hude and Gehad And I have now made a mental note of Ilm cons as places to find potentials 😍😍

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ninjamechanic

    Oh my goodness -- how do I appreciate a well-written graphic memoir? Let me count the ways... 1. Fahmy identifies as an English major. 2. I giggled in multiple places (cue Muppet face YES ! moments). 3. Sweet love stories that expose me to other cultural practices (yes, please and thank you). 4. Her illustrations, as well as the recurring and highly relatable theme of feeling like the least likely person to ever find a satisfactory partner, add the right amount of light-hearted to her narrative.

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