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Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. Paperback – July 8, 2011
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About the Author
Medeia Sharif (Miami Beach, FL) is a Kurdish-American author and high school English teacher. She received her master's degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. is her debut novel.
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Almira: A spunky, determined American Muslim girl who faces several challenges, including that of cultural practices, self-image and romance.
Grandpa: epitomizes fundamentalism in its worst form. He's quite a character, who believes in sticking to tradition and has the habit of yelling `Prostitute!" at any woman who's not dressed to his standards or who behaves contrary to his standards. Though insufferable, Grandpa provided me with immense entertainment at times.
I liked Almira's voice. She makes funny observations from the get-go, including her reference to Arabic as a `foreign language'. The story flowed for me because I found her to be funny, natural and realistic in all the angst she goes through over her love life and physical attributes.
I admired her determination to succeed at the goal she set herself despite several attempts to sabotage her efforts. Though she struggles with her conscience, Almira is mature enough to realize that some things are better left unsaid, particularly in the context of familial expectations.
I could have lived without Grandpa's extreme approach to dealing with women, however, the book would not have been the same without his character being written as is.
Several themes are explored in Bestest. Ramadan. Ever., which makes it a good read for teens.Read more ›
This is a cute and funny book about an immigrant trying to make sense out of the complex world that she lives in. Trying to figure out how to be Muslim enough for her parents but American enough for herself. The book doesn't do a great job at showing readers what it's like to be an Islamic teenager. Islam and her families culture is seen more as a burden and the reader isn't given many positive aspects of the religion to balance out the negatives. However, I loved Almira and was engrossed in her story and finished the book quickly. The author did a fantastic job at creating characters that the reader cares about and there are lots of funny moments in the book (like the comments that her English teachers writes on her daily journal entries).
Appropriateness: There is not any adult content in this book. This is a light hearted fun contemporary novel that will be enjoyed by readers 11+
While she has been born and raised stateside, her grandfather hasn't. His standards are those of a different culture, one that draws on strict Muslim rules of conduct. And, although, Almira's parents are more liberal, they too hold different standards and expectations for their only child.
Among them is to observe Ramadan, the Muslim period of fasting. And it's darned hard to not eat or drink from dawn to sunset with constant temptations from her friends.
Then there's Peter. He's the boyfriend she's dreamed of, but how can she introduce him to her family when there's still talk of arranged marriages?
I liked Almira for several reasons: she's a "good" girl, a good daughter and a true friend. We see her pass a lot of tests to prove all of these qualities.
I loved the multi-cultural theme of this book. It was very well handled--no preaching, just revealing a young Muslim girl's struggle to do the right thing while straddling her Muslim background and the more secular west.
Teens will enjoy reading this book and, if they have no experience with Muslim practices, they will learn something very interesting.
p.31, paperback edition: "My stomach roars like a lion, which halts my romantic thoughts. It now feels like my belly is separate from the rest of me, like I have a dog inside of me that needs to be walked, fed, and bathed. Down, boy. I eat breakfast to silence the beast."
p.154, paperback edition: "Yesterday morning started out horribly […] but today is a new day, hopefully a better day. Mornings are like almost-clean slates. I say almost-clean because the residue of yesterdays is sometimes stuck on them."
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By Alice M. Age 9
If you like contemporary books, you will surely like this one. In this story, the main character is funny and outgoing. Read more
It was good seeing the main character with her struggles and friendships. I could relate to her.Published 6 months ago by Fida
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and was very grateful for the opportunity to read it, even though I'm waaaaaaay beyond the target audience age for this story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Susan Flett Swiderski
Almira is a typical 15 year old facing teenage challenges such as weight issues, a crush on a boy while competing with her best friend for his attention, an "uncool" mom,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michelle Wallace
Sharif captures the teen voice to perfection! Her novel BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER. is one of those rare, atypical teen books in that it deals with a muslim girl named Almira who is... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Norma Davids
Summary: Horrible book! 1) Negative depiction of Islam and Ramadan 2) not suitable for the young audience it is targeting (too much focus on self image and weight and too much... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Tarek Radi
I don't usually leave poor reviews for authors. But I felt I needed to express how terribly misrepresentative this story is to the Muslim faith. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Theresa McClinton
I totally enjoyed this book. I liked learning a little about the Muslim faith and the meaning of Ramadan. I can easily believe that the issues Almira has to deal with are real. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Bish Denham
Almira Abdul is a regular American teenager who is concerned with her appearance, friends, and getting a boyfriend. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Sherry Ellis