Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata

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Mis(h)adra Read Online Free - An Arab-American college student struggles to live with epilepsy in this starkly colored and deeply-cutting graphic novel.

Isaac wants nothing more than to be a functional college student—but managing his epilepsy is an exhausting battle to survive. He attempts to maintain a balancing act between his seizure triggers and his day-to-day schedule, but he finds that nothing—not even his medication—seems to work. The doctors won’t listen, the schoolwork keeps piling up, his family is in denial about his condition, and his social life falls apart as he feels more and more isolated by his illness. Even with an unexpected new friend by his side, so much is up against him that Isaac is starting to think his epilepsy might be unbeatable.

Based on the author’s own experiences as an epileptic, Mis(h)adra is a boldly visual depiction of the daily struggles of living with a misunderstood condition in today’s hectic and uninformed world.

Title : Mis(h)adra
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ISBN : 1501162101
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Victoria rated it ★★★★★

October 11, 2017

Read in a single sitting. What an extraordinary graphic novel about a student living--and fighting--with epilepsy. Absolutely loved.

paulie rated it ★★★★☆

October 29, 2017

misadra - arabic word for seizure mishadra - arabic slang for "i can't" mis(h)adra - isaac hammoudeh's daily struggle with epilepsy, which affects his sleep, his schooling, his socialising, his core of self. aside from 1986's the dark knight returns (batman/frank miller) when i was a child, this is...

Greta rated it ★★★★☆

February 16, 2018

"This is...me?" Mis(h)adra is a tremendously powerful debut graphic novel written and illustrated by a young artist, Iasmin Omar Ata, who has epilepsy. The title represents two Arabic words : 'mishadra' means 'cannot', and 'misadra' means 'seizure'. The story about Isaac, the author's alter-ego, t...

Joce rated it ★★★★★

January 28, 2018

I cried. It’s stunning visually and emotionally.

David rated it ★★★☆☆

November 01, 2017

Arab college student Isaac has epilepsy and it is ruining his life in this autobiographical fiction by Ata, who also has epilepsy. The value of this book would be endless if one were reading this as a young person with epilepsy. It is also valuable for medical and psychiatric professionals in gai...

Shenwei rated it ★★★★★

January 16, 2018

This resonated with me a lot more than expected. I don't have epilepsy, I have depression/anxiety, but the depiction of the struggles with chronic illness mirrored my own experiences - the hopelessness, the isolation, the frustrated search for meds that work. TWs: abuse/gaslighting from medical pr...

Nannah rated it ★★★★★

January 26, 2018

I picked this up by chance at my library's new release stand. It's probably the best graphic novel I've ever read. (And I'm disabled myself, so my review counts as double. Don't worry about the math; just accept it.) Book content warnings: in-book ableism extreme eye strain eye horror/gore Isaac Hammo...

Kelley rated it ★★★★★

October 23, 2017

So good. Really relatable for me, even though I don't have epilepsy (but I do have narcolepsy with cataplexy).Really enjoyed the unique illustration style and the different palette switches to convey various states of existing.

Krystal rated it ★★★★★

September 29, 2017

This graphic novel was an illuminating exploration of an Arab American's experience of epilepsy, while navigating graduate studies amid ableism from loved ones and professionals alike.

Chelsey rated it ★★★☆☆

January 02, 2018

Colorfully disturbing. The main character's/author's struggles are so painfully tangible, and this is what makes this so compelling.

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