Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata


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 ...

Details Mis(h)adra

Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherGallery 13
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Adult, Disability, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Mis(h)adra

  • Victoria Schwab
    Read in a single sitting. What an extraordinary graphic novel about a student living--and fighting--with epilepsy. Absolutely loved.
  • Greta
    "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, tries to convey to the reader the inner conflicts he experienced due to his condition, and shows us how helpless and unconfident it made him and just how ...
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    I cried. It’s stunning visually and emotionally.
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    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.
  • David Schaafsma
    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 gaining insight into the ways a disease impacts all aspects of life. Isaac isolates himself, doesn't ask for help, does badly in school, becomes suicidal.I ...
  • Amy Nicole
    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 courses, disbelieving doctors, and day-to-day responsibilities, Isaac is constantly under stress and feels at the end of his rope. The title, Mis(h)adra, is a play on ...
  • Raina
    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, when reading it front-to-back, the plot felt a little thin. I wanted more context, more character work, less focus on the central issue. The storytelling didn't pull ...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    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 were the characters and overall flow of the story. I wished it had been a bit more subtle and intricate... I expected more of that considering the page count.
  • Shenwei
    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 professionals, epilepsy, dissociation, suicidal ideation, self-harm
  • Nannah
    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 ableismextreme eye straineye horror/goreIsaac Hammoudeh is an Arab-American college student whose epilepsy has him leading a very different life from his peers. Instead of staying up late to binge-watch s...
  • Karen
    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 of aspects of this book that taught me a lot and opened me up to an experience with which I was completely unfamiliar. But I also found that I could intensely relate to ...
  • Maggie Gordon
    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 don't believe in his illness. The plot is a bit spare, but the emotional roller coaster and the visuals Ata employs tell a brilliant, difficult story. The art is ju...
  • Danielle Booey
    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 for people who both have the disease and those who don't. It can be difficult to comprehend just how unnerving it is to have to constantly explain how your epilepsy w...
  • Kelley
    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.
  • Michelle Glatt
    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.
  • Nicole
    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.
  • Krystal
    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.
  • Zedsdead
    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 can do) as they are to be helpful. Stress and lack of sleep are seizure triggers, so normal aspects of college life--parties, exams, roommates--have an outsized and gen...
  • Chelsey
    Colorfully disturbing. The main character's/author's struggles are so painfully tangible, and this is what makes this so compelling.
  • LAPL Reads
    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 experience of a chronic illness. Ata can show not just pain, but the frustrating and exhausting battle with illness, with doctors, and with medications in an evocative an...
  • Cherise
    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 hospital where doctors don't really listen to him while trying to attend class, barely managing to get through without flunking out. He learns that him pushing away ...
  • Greyson [Use Your Words]
    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 from epilepsy but I do have a chronic illness so I related with Isaac so much!I understood what it was like to want to give up because everything just hurts too much and ...
  • Josephus FromPlacitas
    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 as the infinitely more brilliant epilepsy memoir Epileptic by David B., but I don't actually think it's an unfair comparison, and Mis(h)adra fares very poorly in the ...
  • Jim
    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 color changes when he has a seizure is jarring. This is really different, and it’s really well done. A bit experimental. Definitely different than what I’m used to. Which is ...
  • Tova
    ”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 really been affecting my life recently. The art, the message it touched me deeply. This story really helped me get through the night. And I hope beyond hope that there ...
  • Elain
    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 own, I found such familiarity in how terrible it is to feel betrayed by one's own body or mind. So yeah, read it.
  • Stephanie *Spunky Avenger*
    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
  • Carol Tilley
    fascinating depiction of epilepsy and chronic illness
  • Marjolein
    3.5 StarsFull review to come!