Mis(h)adra

Mis(h)adra

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?no An Arab-American college student struggles to live with epilepsy in this starkly colored and deeply-cutting graph...

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Title:Mis(h)adra
Author:Iasmin Omar Ata
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:1501162101
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Mis(h)adra Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    Nov 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 professio...
  • Shenwei
    Jan 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 ...
  • Liz
    Oct 12, 2017
    I discovered the comic Mis(h)adra through a retweet on Twitter. When reading it, I was floored. I bought all the digital comics and poured over them. I don't read online comics typically, but this comic about a young person with epilepsy who also speaks Arabic caught my attention. I wa...
  • Victoria Schwab
    Oct 11, 2017
    Read in a single sitting. What an extraordinary graphic novel about a student living--and fighting--with epilepsy. Absolutely loved. ...
  • Penny
    Jul 24, 2017
    Not sure how to rate this, the art is good but the story is not, I felt that an essay might have worked better. ...
  • Jenny
    Nov 16, 2017
    A terrifying and very beautiful depiction of what it's like to be prisoner to your own mind. ...
  • Danielle Booey
    Dec 21, 2017
    Ok so confession, I have epilepsy. I have had it for going on 9 years now. It is a hard disease to talk about just like so many that affect the brain. The stigma of having anything wrong with your brain, especially something that causes you to lose control of your body is terrifying fo...
  • Kelley
    Oct 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. ...
  • Brendan Howard
    Nov 22, 2017
    Manga style of art and over-exposition grinds my gears. ...
  • Amy Nicole
    Jul 28, 2017
    This is the story of an Arab-American college student, Isaac, who struggles with living his life with epilepsy which is represented in the story by a chain of knives constantly pointed at him, ready to strike at any moment. Balancing the weight of an unsupportive family, a college cour...
  • Carol Tilley
    Nov 20, 2017
    fascinating depiction of epilepsy and chronic illness ...
  • Marjolein
    Oct 29, 2017
    3.5 Stars Full review to come! ...
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    Sep 29, 2017
    I received an advanced copy of Mis(h)andra from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Mis(h)andra tells the story of Isaac, and Arab-American whom is struggling to come to terms with his epilepsy while having essentially no support structure. Along with his condition...
  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    Oct 07, 2017
    This is such a brilliant story and very powerful too. It depicts the author's struggle with epilepsy by telling the story of a young man named Isaac who has epilepsy and it tells his story through art. I have read a number of graphic novels which focus on health issues and I feel t...
  • Chelsey
    Aug 10, 2017
    Colorfully disturbing. The main character's/author's struggles are so painfully tangible, and this is what makes this so compelling. ...
  • Jim
    Oct 29, 2017
    Wow - love this art. Another good book with subject matter that helps me learn about living in someone else?s shoes. The art is amazing. And the story about someone learning to live with epilepsy is intense. The minimalist use of color was an excellent choice - and the co...
  • Kathryn Kania
    Aug 03, 2017
    Though a fictional story, this is clearly mostly a memoir of being an Arab-American with epilepsy. The first chapter was gorgeous and hooked me in. Unfortunately, I felt that the quality really started falling off from there. Though the metaphorical depictions of auras and seizures...
  • Cherise
    Sep 29, 2017
    This beautifully done graphic novels follows Isaac who is trying to graduate from college while suffering from epilepsy. His seizures are so bad he loses an eye after a bad one at a party at a friends place. Having to deal with his seizures and ending up in doctors offices and in the h...
  • Matthew Noe
    Dec 18, 2017
    A visually stunning and much needed addition to the realm of graphic medicine. ...
  • Krystal
    Sep 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. ...
  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    Jun 26, 2017
    Mis(h)adra is a graphic novel telling the story of an Arab-American college student's experiences living with epilepsy. It's #OwnVoices in the way that both the author and the main character are Arab and are epileptic; it's an incredibly moving story about the importance of having sup...
  • Stephanie
    Sep 21, 2017
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. --- Very well done and insightful, I had a hard time putting it down. Must read, highly recommend :) Going on my favorites shelf ...
  • Tova
    Nov 06, 2017
    ?I am okay. Right now. At least, maybe I won?t feel okay tomorrow. Or the next day. But that?s alright.? Thank you Iasmin Omar Ata for sharing this story with us. I do not have epilepsy, but this story really spoke to me, specifically surrounding the severe anxiety that has ...
  • Jes
    Oct 02, 2017
    A quick but striking read, Mis(h)adra shares the story of Isaac, an Arab American college student struggling with epilepsy. Represented by hanging knives, Isaac's epilepsy is the one constant in his life. Attending college and working are hard enough, but Isaac's epilepsy means he's al...
  • Leslie
    Jan 08, 2018
    "All I ever wanted...was for someone to tell me I was doing a good job." ...
  • Greyson (Grey) Edwards
    Oct 31, 2017
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review. Mis(h)adra follows the story of Isaac, who has epilepsy, and his journey of friendship and personal acceptance. This was a beautiful and heart wrenching graphic novel. I don't suffer ...
  • Cy
    Oct 25, 2017
    "is it all worth it? to have to fight so hard to do what everyone else can so easily, again and again, until the day i die?" this book is honestly incredible. ...
  • Lisa
    Oct 17, 2017
    Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This beautifully done graphic novel depicts the struggle of Isaac, a student who lives with epilepsy. Besides the stress of epileptic attacks, which are preceded by an aura, represented by k...
  • Nina Groleger
    Jun 09, 2017
    3.5/5 Recommended for people suffering from epilepsy or loved ones of people with epilepsy First off, why choose a blurb for the top of the front cover that says this book is hilarious? There's nothing hilarious about this book, it's tragic and heart-breaking. Focusing on the b...
  • paulie
    Oct 28, 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 ...