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...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    May 16, 2018
    The blurb on the front says this is visceral and I have to agree: the colors in this book are stunning and effective in relating the message. Definitely this is a graphic novel worthy of discussion and I learned new things about epilepsy and seizures. I think what didn't work for me we...
  • Josephus FromPlacitas
    Dec 13, 2017
    This did not appeal to me at all. There were some clever visual ideas, but the art was otherwise not to my taste, and the writing was extremely weak. The narrative voice suffers from a real immaturity and declarative tone. It might be unfair to hold Ata's book to the same standard ...
  • 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 ...
  • Nannah
    Jan 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 h...
  • Raina
    Mar 14, 2018
    Visually arresting - colors that bleed all the way to the edge of the page, some really interesting visual representations of what's going on in the characters mind, some obvious influence from manga/anime styles... I flip through this and can't feel anything but admiration. However...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Nicole
    Aug 20, 2018
    I got this out from the library but I need my own copy. As someone who had seizures as a child, this really captured what it feels like, especially the misdiagnoses, I had a doctor tell my mom I was just faking it for attention ? I wish I could give this book to 13 y/o me. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Karen
    Apr 13, 2018
    like, almost 4 stars? This is an extremely poignant graphic novel about the struggles of living with epilepsy. I knew going into this that it was an own voices story and although it is fictional, I often felt like this read like a memoir. I do not have epilepsy so there were a lot o...
  • 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...
  • Zedsdead
    Jun 19, 2018
    A sympathetic ground-level depiction of a college student's struggles with epilepsy. It's a logistical nightmare. The lack of support from his confused, skeptical family is frustrating. Doctors are as likely to dismiss him (You're probably having a panic attack, there's nothing we ...
  • Elain
    Feb 11, 2018
    I don't usually review books on here, but I couldn't not with this one. If I could I would give it six out of five stars. It is extremely powerful, and even for all it's dark moments, truly inspiring at the end. Even though the struggle described in the book is very different than my o...
  • Michelle Glatt
    Sep 15, 2018
    Powerful use of the graphic novel format. This memoir explores the author's struggles with epilepsy in a visceral and moving way. The images are haunting. ...
  • Maggie Gordon
    Jun 15, 2018
    Mis(h)adra gets a five star rating not because it is a perfect story, but because it's such a vibrant, emotional explosion about a topic that desperately needs more attention. The protagonist in this work has epilepsy and it hugely impacts his life, often because the people around him ...
  • 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. ...
  • LAPL Reads
    Mar 06, 2018
    Iasmin Omar Ata uses a striking palette and manga art style to tell the story of an Arab-American college student, Isaac, dealing with epilepsy in Mis(h)adra. Because this is a graphic novel, Ata has a chance to develop a new language of symbols and images to convey the physical experi...
  • Gemma
    Oct 02, 2018
    4.5 A powerful look at the author living with and coming to terms with epilepsy. In dealing with my own medical issues I found a lot of this novel really relatable almost painfully so. Including his dealings with the medical profession and how his illness affected his everyday life a...
  • Stephanie *Spunky Avenger*
    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 ...
  • Greta
    Nov 01, 2017
    "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 au...
  • Greyson [Use Your Words]
    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 ...
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    Jan 28, 2018
    I cried. It?s stunning visually and emotionally. ...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Apr 04, 2018
    Wonderful and unique - this look at a collage student suffering from epilepsy is heartfelt and vivid - the different battles that have to be fought just to function on a daily basis will bring a definitive understanding to this horrible condition. ...