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.
Beautiful and full of impact, a story of love in all its forms, That Can Be Arranged is one my favourite books ever.
I read That Can Be Arranged late last month and I loved it! That Can Be Arranged is a comic about the author, Huda Fahmy’s, love story. I can’t list the books I read in one sitting or books I enjoyed as much. That Can be Arranged was so cute, precious and relatable, I couldn’t help it.
That Can Be Arranged is a beautiful, humorous halal story of the author’s road to finding love and marriage.
I adored everything about the book; Huda’s drawing style, her writing voice and the story itself. I love how she made such an obviously difficult personal journey into something so light and fun. Every single part of Huda’s story is relatable; from the talking aunties who are ever present almost every Muslim community regardless of race, the way she held on fast to her beliefs when she was young (yes young Huda, i understand you and we inhabit the hill together), to when those beliefs shifted, to the rules — God, yes the rules! I don’t think I’ve ever felt so understood when reading a book.
Apart from being cute and relatable, TCBA also touched some really important topics about relationships and marriage. Trying to fix ones self because of a person — especially when you’ve been alone or haven’t had someone interested in you for a while —,the signs of toxic relationship and an abuser, and the lofty ideas people tend to have about marriage, and attaining a balance between having standards and building castles in the sky.
At this point, I’m pretty much gushing about this book, but I can’t help it. I had wandered into That Can Be Arranged only expecting a cute love story, not something so wholesome.
That Can Be Arranged is a beautiful lesson in love and life.
Will you be reading That Can Be Arranged?