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Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. Paperback – July 8, 2011
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"A humorous, hip look at the ups and downs of fasting for Ramadan within the context of intergenerational and cultural challenges." --Kirkus Reviews
"I love Almira Abdul--the honest, tell-it-like-it-is, funny, and very real main character of Medeia Sharif's wonderful, eye-opening debut." --Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date
"Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. deftly combines humor and poignancy with an authentic teen voice set against the multicultural background of vibrant Miami and Almira's loving yet strict Muslim family." --Paula Yoo, author of Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds and Good Enough
"I laughed out loud as Almira struggled to fit in with her traditional family as well as the rest of the world." --Sydney Salter, author of My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters
-A humorous, hip look at the ups and downs of fasting for Ramadan within the context of intergenerational and cultural challenges.- --Kirkus Reviews
-I love Almira Abdul--the honest, tell-it-like-it-is, funny, and very real main character of Medeia Sharif's wonderful, eye-opening debut.- --Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date
-Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. deftly combines humor and poignancy with an authentic teen voice set against the multicultural background of vibrant Miami and Almira's loving yet strict Muslim family.- --Paula Yoo, author of Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds and Good Enough
-I laughed out loud as Almira struggled to fit in with her traditional family as well as the rest of the world.- --Sydney Salter, author of My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters
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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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."
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. These include friendship, tolerance, isolation that comes from being misunderstood, and self-acceptance. The lessons learned are obvious, but do not come across as preachy, which marks Sharif as a sensitive writer who handles her chosen subjects well.
COVER NOTE: I think the cover captures all the elements that Sharif writes about in Bestest. Ramadan. Ever.
The voice of the main character, Almira, is very well done. She and her love interest, Peter, are cute together. The portrayal of the other teen characters is also good. The cantankerous old grandfather adds a little humor to the story - he's Almira's driving instructor, but he can't manage to pull his car into the driveway without knocking over garbage cans or hitting something.
The Bestest Ramadan Ever is an enjoyable read and one that would appeal to readers ages eleven and older. (Note: Those who adhere to the traditional Muslim rules would probably not enjoy this book because the main character and some of the other characters deviate from acceptable Muslim values.)
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