[good reads] bestest. ramadan. ever.

September 27, 2015


goodreads-bestestramadanI’ve been exploring the different sections of the Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco Public Library. I happened upon the Teen Fiction section and decided to take a look. You know, there are a lot of interesting books in the Teen section, most of which are an easy read for adults, and makes reading a light and fun activity.

I glanced at the title Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif and decided to give this book a try, especially since I just came back from spending much of Ramadan in Malaysia and experiencing a culture where many people fasted during the day, though I did not (since I’m not Muslim).

I had a hard time putting this book down because even though I’m not in high school and my family is not Muslim, the main character and narrator, Almira Abdul is so real. She dealt with everyday problems like body image and the struggle of finding a boyfriend. She dealt with her family’s traditional values and how that clashed against modern American culture. These are all things that most people can relate to, especially as a child of immigrant parents. I’ve never personally had a fast for an entire month during daylight hours, but who doesn’t struggle with fitting in high school? It’s nice to know we can all at least relate to someone in a book!


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