Friday, August 05, 2011

Medeia Sharif and Bestest. Ramadan. Ever.

Happy Friday! You may have noticed I didn't post on Wednesday. Bad me! I meant to, but it was thirty degrees in London, I was scoffing free cider by the river, and somehow afternoon turned into evening. By the time our West End theatre show let out, well, I wasn't in any fit state to be let loose onto the blogosphere!

Anyway. I'm here now. And I'm pleased to be hosting Medeia Sharif, author of Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. Since it's now Ramadan and I've been watching my step-daughter deal with fasting, it's a timely post!

Here's Almira Abdul, the main character:


My Holiday Wish List
By Almira Abdul

Not eating from sunrise to sunset is hard, so I made this list of things I’d like for the holy month.

1) Lipgloss: When I fast, my breath might stink. There’s no food or water to swish out all those nasty germs in my mouth. Breath mints would be considered cheating, and I don’t want to use
mouthwash because I might accidentally swallow some. So I’ll put on some lipgloss, especially
when Peter’s around. My favorite scent is strawberry.

2) Hot boy(s): I’ll be distracted from thoughts of food if I have someone good-looking to focus on. Sorry Mom and Dad, and I’m not getting rid of the screensavers of my favorite Hollywood men.

3) A bestest friend who understands what I’m going through: My “good” friend Maria does her best to tempt me with her stupid Twinkies, but my bestest friend Lisa stands by my side. She knows I’m fasting for an important religious reason and she’s proud that I’m doing this! And I hope she’ll continue to support me, because behind her back I’m sort of doing something that might tick her off.

4) Earplugs: I don’t have these, but I seriously should get some. Grandpa yacks in my ear about
how I cheated during last Ramadan. Yes, I snuck in some chocolate wafers. He caught me red-handed since I didn’t wipe all the crumbs off my mouth. I was a bad person and weak-willed, but I’m doing really well this Ramadan. He needs to get over himself.

5) Good religious thoughts: Sometimes I feel guilty about thinking about boys and kissing them, and how I’m dropping a few pounds since I can’t eat during the daylight hours (loving the new body), but I do think about religious stuff and doing the right thing and getting into heaven.

I hope this helps you understand what I’m going through. My IM name is AlmiraRules if you’d like to contact me.

Book Description:

During Ramadan, we’re not allowed to eat from sunrise to sunset, for a whole month. My family does this every year, even though I’ve been to a mosque exactly twice in my fifteen years. My exercise-obsessed mom—whose hotness skipped a generation, sadly—says I could stand to lose a few. But is torture really an acceptable method? I think not.
Things wouldn’t be so bad if I had a boyfriend, but my oppressive parents forbid me to date. This is just cruel and wrong. Especially since Peter, a cute and crushable artist, might be my soul mate. Figures my bestest friend Lisa likes him, too.

To top it off, there’s a new Muslim girl in school who struts around in super-short skirts, comma
nding every boy’s attention—including Peter’s. How can I get him to notice me? And will I ever feel like a typical American girl?

About the aut
hor:
Medeia Sharif is a high school English teacher residing in Miami Beach. Her young adult debut novel BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER. was released July 2011. You can find out more about her by

Thank you, Medeia! Happy weekend, all.

54 comments:

  1. Hi Talli - it was certainly hot on Wednesday .. and cider by the river can't have helped much .. so can understand! What did you see ..

    Good to read a little more about Ramadan - I know so little .. enjoy the lovely fresh Friday .. Hilary

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  2. Thank you Tali for posting this, and Yay Medeia for giving us a more 3-dimensional look at Muslims. I think that the West needs more books like that.

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  3. Free Cider?!?!? Oh Talli, you luscioush lush! LOL! Yay!

    Hooorah for Bestest. Ramadan. Ever!! Good luck Medeira - happy Ramadan and all the best!! Take care
    x

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  4. Yes it was hot Wednesday , enjoyed your interesting post today, made excellent reading,

    Yvonne.

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  5. Talli, we forgive you. And never blog drunk.

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  6. I'm so looking forward to reading this book!! :) Awesome post!

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  7. I love the sound of this book, it sounds great fun.

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  8. I love books that take me into the lives and habits of other cultures. Thanks, Talli.

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  9. Are you allowed to just sleep all day and eat at night? If so I could probably handle that.

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  10. I've heard such wonderful things about Medeia's book. I'll def. check it out! BUT WAIT! I didn't know you were a step-mom too! Eeek! The coincidences!

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  11. Looks like a great book!!! Glad to see Medeia back around the blog world too!

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  12. We heart Medeia!

    And I am now quite curious to know what the MC is doing behind Lisa's back ...

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  13. I love exploring different cultures so I've got to check this one out! I'm hearing great things about it all over the blogosphere!

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  14. Blogging drunk would probably be worse than accidentally texting everyone in your phonebook the message to that guy you don't want to see any more. I would have thought...

    Medeia's great isn't she? This book is already on my lengthy to-buy list:)

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  15. Medeia's book sounds like a wonderful journey into a world that many of us would like to learn more about! Good luck to you, and thanks for hosting Talli! Julie

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  16. It is way to hot here to sit outside so I'll just stay inside with some cold lemonade. I enjoyed reading about about Ramadan. Sounds great!
    Have a great weekend.

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  17. That looks like such an awesome book. :) P.S. it was hot all the way over here on Wednesday too!

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  18. So would the absent Wednesday post have been The Cider Blog Rules?

    Hi, Medeia! Almira sounds like a great character :)

    Happy Weekend!

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  19. I just finished reading this book on Tuesday! :) It's a great story.

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  20. Sounds like a great voice. I already love the sound of this book. Thanks for sharing.
    Edge of Your Seat Romance

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  21. When I was a teacher a lot of the children would fast. They were excused from PE as it made them thirsty. Most of them were a bit too young to really take it seriously but they still did it. I think I'd be the same as Almira, worried that my breath was smelly!

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  22. Almira sounds like your usual conflicted teen, but even more so because of the cultural aspect. This snippet told me a lot about her. Wishing Medeia success with Bestest Ramadan Ever!

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  23. I'd really like to read this book. We've been up to 101 F. Burning up we are. I think I could use some of that cool cider by the river.

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  24. That was really interesting! (Too funny about the telltale crumbs - my sis got caught the same way only it was marshmallows.) Great choice of book/author to share. Glad y'all are getting some sun and warmth over there!

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  25. Sounds like a great book! I admire all the people who have the strength and discipline to fast for that long. I have a difficult enough time not eating meat on Fridays during Lent.

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  26. A great voice telling this story. And it must be so hard not eating. I loved the excerpt and will definitely read the book.
    Love Valentina

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  27. This book brings to mind a set of Muslim twins I went to school with in my home city of Cape Town. I was in a Muslim school for the first three years of my high school. they were as devout as this narrator's parents. I can't remember them making even one improper remark about boys even when all other students hormones were raging. They were terribly bright.Terribly is the word because I always felt so intimidated by bright people and anyone who had such an unhealthy relationship with maths and science was not graced with my friendship.LOL. i can't wait to read this one.

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  28. Medeia, I'm enjoying reading all the excellent press your debut book is receiving; congratulations! And thank you, Talli, for an enjoyable post. I've left an award for you at http://michellefayard.blogspot.com/2011/08/savvy-sensations-series-catches-me.html.

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  29. Medeia's book sounds fab. She has such a lovely writing voice, I can really picture her main character. :)

    Cider by the river. Sounds good!

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  30. I've heard such great things about this book. Thanks for posting about it and giving us a bit of the inside scoop. Might just have to pick up a copy.

    <3 Gina Blechman

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  31. This sounds like a great book!

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  32. I enjoyed this post very much. In my after scoop art club I have Muslim students, and I know they would love a book like this.

    Ah, I had cider in London a few years ago. As I recall, it's not the kind you'd have for breakfast. Gave me quite a buzz!

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  33. Oh fabulous! I love the sound of this very much :O)

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  34. Great excerpt. :)

    I'm so psyched for Medeia's book! It's on my TBR list as we speak.

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  35. Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  36. Hope you keep enjoying this summer weather, Talli.

    I'm partway through Medeia's book, and I'm enjoying it!

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  37. This is a fresh take on a book and reading it will teach most of us something we'd like to know more about. Thanks for the post Talli and Medeia.

    Cider by the river. Hope it didn't result in a headache by the morning!

    Denise

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  38. Can't wait to read this once I'm out the other side of drafting, it's getting such great reports! I've got colleagues fasting for Ramadan right now -- I really admire the willpower involved!

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  39. going to 30+ C here today, humidity is already 85%... and climbing :(

    luckily, my brother-in-law's b'day partay is in chippewa, closer to niagara falls than my current abode!

    good selection, talli...

    medeia... you rock! :D

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  40. Very interesting!
    www.rebeccabany.com

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  41. Be glad it's not 30 degrees Fahrenheit as it'd be below freezing!

    I really enjoyed learning more about Ramadan & it must be tough to go all day without food AND water.

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  42. That sounds like a brilliant book!

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  43. Hi Talli,

    I've heard about Medeia's book and well....I am of that culture and this is the ramadhan month, it's good to know I never was alone in my views!

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  44. Enjoyed reading this, thanks to both of you for sharing! :)

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  45. Free cider sounds like win.

    Love the wish list for the holy month. The earplugs gave me a chuckle.

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  46. So excited for Medeia! I really need to read this book. I've had friends who fasted for Ramadan, and I can't even tell you the respect I have for them.

    Thanks for sharing Almira's holiday wish list. :)

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  47. Sounds like a fun Wednesday!! There's an award for you on my blog!

    And what a fun post. Sounds like a super cute book!

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  48. Wow that sounds like a great book. Certainly a different angle on books for the Ethnic Market.

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  50. Thank you for posting this, Talli.

    And thank you for the wonderful comments. I was away from the computer for a while, but I'm going to read them all.

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  51. So great to have books that are fun but also educate people about different cultures/traditions. This one looks hilarious.

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