Reader Reviewed Head Over Heart by Colette Victor

Head Over Heart

Written by Colette Victor

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July 2014 Debut of the Month Boys, homework and family – Zeynab has all the usual concerns of any girl her age. But Zeynab has another thing to think about which is perhaps most important of all. Does she want to live with the expectations of her Muslim family or does she want to be more like her friends at school? And can she be both? Zeynab – and her family – think that she can but how much negotiation will it take to get the balance right? Zeynab’s journey towards adulthood is kindly explored.

A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher, Chicken House To be honest, I’m sometimes still scared of other cultures. When people look different, believe in different things and eat food I’ve never heard of, I worry they might feel the same about me, and we won’t have a good time. But Colette Victor’s cool story shows how friends can be really good at making all kinds of differences fit together, even if everything starts out scary – in the end we don’t have to be the same to get on really well!

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Jennifer Bridgeman, age 9 - 'A lovely coming of age tale balancing what is expected of you culturally and what you want.'  Read full review >
    Beth Honeyman, age 16
    - 'A gripping page turner that I just could not put down. This book gave a great insight of what it is like to be torn between duty, honour and affairs of the heart.'  Read full review >
  • Sidney Greenslade - 'Head Over Heart is an excellent book – funny, easy-reading and thought-provoking. I would give it 5 stars!'  Read full review >
  • Charlotte Rosevear - 'This book is really good. I loved it!' Read full review >
  • Ellen Faulkner, age 12 - 'I loved Head Over Heart and the themes of tolerance, respect and love.' Read full review >
  • Lottie Kirk, age 12 - 'I really enjoyed this book and it opened a door to a whole new culture.' Read full review >
  • Mia Coffman, age 11 - 'A book you can't put down...If you were to read this book, I am sure you would love it.' Read full review >
  • Isabel Kardos-Stowe, age 10 - 'I found this book very interesting for it told you about how a young Muslim girl lives. I also thought that this book was very unique.' Read full review >
  • Holly Carver, age 11 - 'a really deep and inspiring book that will make you really understand all the emotions and thoughts going through a Muslim girls mind.  I love this book even though it made me cry!' Read full review >


Head Over Heart by Colette Victor

Zeyneb is like any other thirteen-year-old British girl, juggling the demands of her social life, school work and family. But as a Muslim girl attracted to a non-Muslim boy she has more difficult choices and one very big decision. Now a woman in the eyes of her religion, she must decide if she will wear a headscarf. Zeyneb wants to make the right choice, not just for her family or friends, but for herself.

About the Author

Colette Victor

Colette Victor moved from South Africa to Belgium with her husband and children in
2001. She works as a community worker during the day and spends any spare time she can possibly find writing. Colette is a debut children’s author.

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192 pages


Colette Victor
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Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

3rd July 2014




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