Why did it take me so long to read Medeia's book? 30 lashes with a wet noodle!
Okay, so during Ramadan, we're not allowed to eat from sunrise to sunset. For one whole month. My family does this every year, even though I've been to a mosque exactly twice in my life. And it's true, I could stand to lose a few pounds. (Sadly, my mom's hotness skipped a generation.) But is starvation really an acceptable method? I think not.Even worse, 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, commanding every boy's attention--including Peter's. How can I get him to notice me? And will I ever figure out how to be Muslim and American?
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. They are both trivial, humorous and serious. Almira seems like a pretty normal American girl. Her emotions and fantasies are all over the place, but what 15 year old girl isn't a kind of emotional whirlpool? She has so many things to deal with. She's Muslim trying valiantly to fast during the month of Ramada even when well meaning friends try to sabotage her. She wants very much to fit in and I haven't met too many teens who don't. She has a crush on a boy but it's the same boy her best friend likes. Then she has her wisdom teeth removed and braces put on which makes her feel awkward. She's also taking driving lessons from her grandfather who is, himself, a terrible driver. She is trying to live as a modern American girl while having to deal with generational issues within her Muslim family.
The bottom line is Almira is a good girl who wants to please. She wants to do what's right, both with her friends and with her family. The problem is finding the balance between old and new ways and not having to lie her way through it.
You can find it on Amazon.
Anansi is continuing his visit through the rest of this week, with Jess and Stephanie at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow.
He's getting so comfortable over there, and the girls are feeding him
so well, he told me (through the web of course) that he's not sure if
he wants to come home!
Be on the lookout for an interview and GIVE-AWAY.