By Abbie Ford
That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story by Huda Fahmy
If you’re looking for a light, funny book that will expand your horizons while simultaneously making you laugh, check out That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story by Huda Fahmy.
That Can Be Arranged is Fahmy’s hilarious graphic memoir about her experience with arranged marriage as a modern American Muslim woman. It debunks a wide range of stereotypes that many people have about both Islam and arranged marriage as Fahmy shares the adorable story of how she met her husband.
I went into this book knowing very little about the Muslim faith and absolutely nothing about arranged marriage, and I found it as fascinating as it was funny. Fahmy is very clear that a lot of things people believe about arranged marriages are just patently false, and she shares her own experiences with her unique brand of honesty and humor.
I love Fahmy’s humor. In one of my favorite moments of the book, Fahmy explains that seeking love as a young Muslim women is very much like being a Jane Austen character. The comparisons she makes throughout the book between her life and Pride and Prejudice had me cracking up (along with many other moments in the book, like her explanation of the different suitors you might face in the search for marriage).
I’ve been a fan of Fahmy’s popular webcomic Yes I’m Hot in This (which features herself and her husband as characters and pokes fun at the misconceptions people have about their culture) for a long time, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting That Can Be Arranged, and it did not disappoint! Definitely check it out if you’re looking for something fun - I guarantee it will put a smile on your face.