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Farhana and Faraz are twins, born 6 minutes apart. Both are in turmoil as they approach the holy time of Ramadan. Farhana has to decide whether her faith is strong enough for her to wear the hijab at school and whether she can give up her relationship with handsome Malik. Faraz has fallen in with a street gang headed by unscrupulour Skrooz, when all he really wants is to c ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Lincoln Children's Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Heather
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Fatima
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Boy Vs Girl was on my reading list for a long time, so I finally decided to buy the book. This book is about the brother and a sister who wanted to bring some changes in their lives in the month of Ramadan. But their past lives was not easy to end up. In the month of Ramadan, they learned the greatest lessons of life.
Naima B Robert has written the book in the easy format which can make anybody to love and read the book. The characters in the story are very inspiring especially Aunt Najma’s. The
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Fuzaila ~ is on hiatus
THIS BOOK IS THE BEST EXAMPLE FOR AN ACTUAL MUSLIM REP IN FICTION.

For everyone going behind mainstream books looking for good Muslim reps, you guys, look at this. Boy Vs. Girl beats all other Islamic fiction books I’ve read, in terms of representation. Na'ima B. Robert has undoubtedly become my go-to author when I want to read something homely.
Not that the book is a literary genius or anything, but it stays true to its roots, and that is what matters the most in diverse books.

THE PLOT

Farhana
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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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W.B. Abdullah
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Title: Boy vs Girl
Author: Nai’ima B. Robert
Genre: Coming of age/Family/Drama
Publication Date: March 2011 (OUT NOW)

Description:
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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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
aaminah_ly
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Boring. Flat. Uninteresting. Even so, it's a book you'd flick through on a rainy way when you're trying to limit the amount of time you spend on Snapchat.

Even so!

This book is typical on a Boss Level. Because of course boys and headscarves are the topmost worries and concerns for 90% of Muslim girls!! It's true! (On a very untrue scale.)

Other problems:

SLUT-SHAMING. OF COURSE FARHANA'S RIVAL FOR MALIK IS A BITCH. AND A SLUT. SLUTS ARE BITCHES, IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING!! And I disliked how Farha
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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
Heather
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable story of two teenagers trying to find their place in the world. Born in Britain to Pakistani parents, they struggle with the religious aspects of their daily lives. At the start of Ramadan, the twins make the decision to be better, more prayerful Muslims but gradually they find themselves falling into old habits with the demands and choices of everyday life.

Both Faraz and Farhana are worthy protagonists, however, one of my favourite characters in the book is Aunt Najma. She
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Muskan
May 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Lynne
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-2012, adolescent
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.
Chrissy
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Just starting this book and so far it's great! I am looking forward to learn about a lifestyle not my own.
Alice
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Ari
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sehrish Hussain
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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Miss
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: muslim-lead
twins farhana and faraz attempt to get their lives in order during ramadan: farhana decides to try wearing the hijab and stay away from the boy she's seeing, faraz attempts to pull away from the gang he's recently been getting pulled into. plot ensues

reading the reviews for this book has been at least as interesting as the book itself because it sounds like it reads very differently based on context

like it's certainly something new based on the general ya scene? because hahaha, oh ya, you are sa
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Nisma
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Hamza
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ishita
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Rest of it is on my Blog :
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CLV Library
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Steph Robinson
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
yeshaddy
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Zilvia
Jun 07, 2011 marked it as to-read
I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS!!!
Lanea bittaye
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
couldnt put it down. loved it.
Samiya
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: islam, love, fiction
I just loved it! Of course I wish it had been longer but...
Laurie D'ghent
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A sharp reminder that Christians and Muslims aren't that different, and that even the oppressed can be racist. A must read.
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Na’ima B Robert is descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father's side and the Zulu people on her mother's side. She was born in Leeds, grew up in Zimbabwe and went to university in London. At high school, her loves included performing arts, public speaking and writing stories that shocked her teachers.
Her popular 'From my sisters' lips' explored the reality of living as a Muslim woman in th
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