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Farhana swallowed and reached for the hijab. But then she saw with absolute clarity the weird looks from the other girls at school, and the smirks from the guys. Did she dare? And then there was Malik... What should she do about him? Faraz was thinking about Skrooz and the lads. Soon he would finally have the respect of the other kids at school. But at what price? He heard ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Heather
I received this book from the publisher and Teen Book Scene in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am in no way receiving any compensation for my review of this book.

I am somewhat familiar with Ramadan and some Pakistani customs. I'm also familiar with the fact that Pakistanis living in countries other than Muslim countries are faced with two different worlds- the one their parents were raised in that they are expected to follow with arranged marriages, no dating, drinking, smoking, or any
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W.B. Abdullah
Beautiful, unexpected gratifying read from the young adult section!!! I couldn't put it down! I don't want to give too much away, but this book was REAL--that was the best part. Sr. Na'ima talks about REAL issues plaguing the ummah today not just the Bollywood-esque fantasy love stories we often hear about...this was the first book I read on my Kindle, and now I'll have to buy the hard copy as a part of my permanent collection...it was that good...I'm going to also push for a review for it in th ...more
Sudeshna
Farzana wants to wear a headscarf but is afraid of what the people around her will think. Faraz has never been an extremely popular kid and when a gang shows interest in "adopting" him, he joins but gets cold feet because he wants to be a better Muslim during the holy month of Ramzan.
I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this book was because it resounded with my own life. Many Asians feel like they've got one foot in their home country and another in their adopted family. I sympathized with Far
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Julie
Title: Boy vs Girl
Author: Nai’ima B. Robert
Genre: Coming of age/Family/Drama
Publication Date: March 2011 (OUT NOW)

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Farhana swallowed and reached for the hijab. But then she saw with absolute clarity the weird looks from the other girls at school, and the smirks from the guys. Did she dare? And then there was Malik… What should she do about him? Faraz was thinking about Skrooz and the lads. Soon he would finally have the respect of the other kids at school. But at what price? He heard
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Ubalstecha
Farhana and Faraz are twins. Born minutes apart, they couldn't be more different. Farhana is the good student, the popular one, president of her all-girl's school debate team. Faraz is the quiet, artistic one, who struggles to fit in at the mixed gender comprehensive. But as Ramadan approaches, both Frahana and Faraz struggle with big issues that they feel they can't share with their parents. Farhana wants to start wearing the hijab, but worries about the reaction she will face from her family, ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
I really enjoyed Boy vs Girl. Na'ima B. Robert contacted me and asked if I'd be interested this book, and when I read what it was about, I thought 'not something I'd normally read maybe, but I'll give it a try' and readers, I'm glad I did. But it isn't as different as I thought it would be. While it is still two teenagers caught up in making the right decisions for themselves, dealing with peer pressure and worrying about what others would think it ultimately has so much more packed into it as w ...more
Sehrish Hussain
Farhana stood in front of het full-length mirror and scrutinised her reflection. Her hair was loose, ready to be restrained in a regulation ponytail for school. But for now, it hun gabout her shoulders and down her back, straight, but not dead straight enough to be the height of fashion. Nothing a pair of ceramic straighteners wouldn’t fix, though. All the hot Asian girls wore their hair dead straight nowadays- curls were so out. She peered at her skin, smooth, the colour of latte, with a hint o ...more
Lynne
Would be an interesting read for adolescents trying to understand the conflicts and pressures on practicing Muslim teenagers in a gritty urban setting: gangs, drugs, to wear or not wear the hijab. The main characters are Pakistani-British twins. I found it a bit preachy, but will put it on "Crossing Borders" reading list.
Alice
Four stars for concept, two stars for execution. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt, but I really wish it had been better.
Muskan
This book could have been way better, if not for the awful writing. No offense to the author, obviously. It's wonderful to see a Muslim woman take up writing about Islam. But I feel like she is not doing a good job on that. Hijab & Drug Issues are very controversial matters, so if written about them, it must be executed well. She had a very tremendous idea, but unfortunately she failed to execute it properly. If I wasn't a Muslim myself, then I wouldn't really understand the whole concept du ...more
Chrissy
Just starting this book and so far it's great! I am looking forward to learn about a lifestyle not my own.
Sabreen
This book could have been good. Really.

No offense to the author, though. Na'ima B. Robert spoke at my school a few months back. She was articulate and fascinating. As a Muslim author of mixed descent, raised in Zimbabwe and currently residing in the UK, she showed both cultural sensitivity and knowledge of her field. That's not something you see every day.

We need authors like her: the ones who are willing to push back against stereotypes. The voices of real people. Also, the fact that she cater
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Ari
Unfortunately this book has a very heavy message behind it. The author makes no effort to spread her message through a story, instead it reads as a 'Merits of Ramadan' book. I liked learning about the meaning behind Ramadan and the positive impact it has on those who participate in it. But at the same time, I quickly grew weary of the 'miraculous' transformation Faraz and Farhana underwent. Both of them became calmer and felt at peace. Perhaps it's the skeptic in me but I found that hard to beli ...more
Kelly
I quit this one at about page 75.

The basic premise: Farhana and Faraz are twin sister and brother who are in the midst of deciding how far they want to follow the Muslim traditions of their family.

While I appreciate this one certainly will speak to a readership and while I appreciate it fills a niche in the young adult world, I could not get past the fact it was all message and no story. I got caught up from the beginning: it's almost Ramadan and the two teens are struggling with whether to pr
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Steph
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a captivating read especially as it takes place over Ramadan. I learnt a lot about Ramadan reading this book, and I am glad to have done so. The story is a little slow to get going but I was quickly wrapped up in it. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Crystaldyme
This book is a great book,that shows you the in sight of everyday muslim youth and the issues they face,as well as in sights such as family gatherings,a great heart warming book,worth reading for any teenager.
Laila
Admittedly, I was surprised by how good this book turned out. I guess I expected something more patronizing... I don't know. But the characters were real, their experiences were real, and Robert covers the whole loop - the good, the bad, and the ugly. The highs and the lows. I think it's a really worthwhile read for Muslim teenagers, and I guess I'd have to leave it at that; I can't see non-Muslim teens understanding and appreciating it as much. I could be wrong.
I'm looking forward to reading ot
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Ishita
From the first page i was somewhat able to relate to Farhana. She is an Asian ( Pakistani) in the UK trying to fit in...( me Indian trying to fit in the USA). she uses Indian terms, and India foods (yumm) and
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CLV Library
An interesting insight into what it's like to be a Muslim growing up in Britain today and feeling caught between 2 cultures. Family values, love, gang warfare, bullying, drugs - and a really exciting ending!
Rania T
A very reaslistic portrayal of two adolescents of British Asian origin who encounter many temptations that life can throw in their way during the month of Ramadan. A highly recommended read!
Kristina Franken
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
Laurie D'ghent
A sharp reminder that Christians and Muslims aren't that different, and that even the oppressed can be racist. A must read.
Samiya
I just loved it! Of course I wish it had been longer but...
Lanea bittaye
couldnt put it down. loved it.
Malka e Shan
Jun 07, 2011 Malka e Shan marked it as to-read
I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS!!!
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Na’ima B. Robert is a published author and magazine publisher. Her books include the popular ‘From my sisters’ lips’, and teen novels, ‘From Somalia, with love’, ‘Boy vs. Girl’, the award-winning 'Far from Home' (Winner of Published Children’s Books at the Muslim Writers Awards 2011) as well as several children's books. She is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Discover, the new magazine for curious M ...more
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