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3.25  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  87 reviews
No pizza. No boyfriend. (No life.) 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 ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published July 8th 2011 by Flux (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sana
0.01 stars.

Hi, I'm going to be swearing a lot, so if you don't want to see the word "fuck" and a bunch of other beautiful language, scroll past this lmao. Also, spoilers ahead and i'll probably be editing this review later on.

I knew this book was so fucking stupid, but I didn't expect it to be this fucking annoying, petty and absolutely fucking ridiculous. This was one of the most cliched, inaccurate, and stupidest fucking books I've ever fucking read in my entire life. It's such a fucking
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Aroog
Aug 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is one of the few books that I have ever truly disliked.
The main character I found to be much too whiny, and she labeled herself a Muslim even though the majority of the things she did throughout the book were not so Islamic. I'll admit that some Muslims are like this, but the majority was greatly misrepresented. If you're looking for a good read about Muslims, check out Does My Head Look Big In This it's way better!
Safa
Jan 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
-50 Stars.
A failure in every possible way. Would not recommend (unless you're into horrible writing, annoying protagonists, and Muslim stereotypes).
Anna
May 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, bookcrossing
The idea for this book was good; a YA story with a Muslim protagonist and Ramadan in America. The execution left to hope for.
The protagonist, 15-years old Almira thinks she is the only Muslim in her school. Last years he tried Ramadan but cheated (by eating before sunset) and got caught. This year she wants to do better. Almira is incredibly shallow, and fasting does not make her spiritual at all. She whines about her size 8 rolling tummy fat and how she's addected to chocolate, and in less than
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Sabreen
Apr 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
This is one of those books where you're allowed to judge by the cover.

The cover looks like some idiot slapped together a few stockphotos, added a few pink swirls, and put a title on it. Who in their right mind thinks this a good cover? I understand not having a budget, but really, now? A minimalist pink background with white text would've looked better, kind of like the cover for Perfect.) Also, the font on the inside wasn't that readable. Design team, you get an F all around.

But all right, I
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Joséphine (Word Revel)
In light of Ramadan, it seemed fitting to finally pick up Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. With the pink swirls on the cover, the depiction of a guy and a girl together with that pastel-creamed cupcake, I expected a feel-good kind of book. What I did not expect was a load of fluff to boot. Perhaps the title should have tipped me off. I mean, "bestest"! Really? When I first saw this book at the library a few months ago, I didn't pick it up precisely because of that. I should have left this book on the ...more
Lo
Aug 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, annoying
This book was so predictable and cliche. The main character complains way too much, and she says her life sucks because she's not allowed to have a boyfriend or eat. I understand the hardship of fasting, but you do NOT need a boyfriend to be happy or have a life! The characters were so simple-minded and you just can't connect with them.
Z.
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
With a bit of tweaking, this book could totally be my life story. I'm so glad I got a chance to read it, and during Ramadan too!

Trisha
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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TaChalla
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm almost finished with this book and overall it is entertaining. By that I mean it occupies my time. I think the author tries too hard to get into the mind of a teenager that the main character, Almira, comes off as being completely shallow or incredibly whiny which doesn't fit fit in wth the type of person Almira is. Almira is a teen with good grades, doesn't get into any trouble, and has a healthy social life. I think the parts where Almira comes off as shallow is the author trying to be ...more
Faluja
Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
If there was a zero star for the rating that's what I'd give it. Totally wrong and sending out bad signals of Muslims. A disgrace to all Muslims and Islam in general. Revolting to see how an author can change such a beautiful topic, ramadan and turn it into a joke. A pitiful book.to be a Muslim you have to embrace it this book had fake shallow characters.
Zeinab
Nov 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
What a disappointing YA book. The plot is not original..it may even be nonexistent. The book lacks characterization..and not just when it comes to the main character. As for the main character, she is passive and shallow. The only part of this book I enjoyed was the irony in the main character calling someone else shallow.
Kimberly
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Almira Abdul is trying her best to honor Ramadan, an entire month where she is not allowed to eat from sunrise to sunset. While her family is not overly religious, she has only been to a mosque twice, she feels that it's a good challenge for her. And she thinks she can stand to lose a couple pounds. What happens though is more than just food temptation! Her crush Peter starts noticing her at the same time her best friend starts noticing him! And while her traditional grandfather is teaching her ...more
Susan Swiderski
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, teen-angst
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and was very grateful for the opportunity to read it, even though I'm waaaaaaay beyond the target audience age for this story.

The premise of a teenager who's "different" and struggling to "fit in" appealed to me, especially since one of my granddaughters is currently going through a similar struggle. The prospect of gaining insight into what it's like to be a young Muslim in America today also appealed to me, and I even thought I might possibly
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Sara
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bestest. Ramadan. Ever by Medeia Sharif follows Almira a Muslim girl who is trying to have her first successful Ramadan fast. The members of Almira's family differ in how devout they are from her grandfather disapproving of anything American to Almira herself who appreciates her heritage but also wants to be able to have a boyfriend and wear makeup. The story follows Almira through her month of Ramadan while she tries to balance her families traditions with the American lifestyle that her ...more
Aylin Ozdemir
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
2/5 Stars

I was bored through this entire book. I could not stand the main character, who worked so hard to change herself to get someone to like her. Just that alone could make me hate this book, but there's more. The family in this story was stereotyped and I couldn't stand how authors always encourage the "typical" Muslim family. I understand that it exists, but it isn't always the case, and the constant stream of this same content isn't helping to get that message across. Lately, this is all
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Sara
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Skim-read.

Even though this was written in 2011 and features a sophomore in high school, it reads more like a junior high book written in the 80s or 90s, with weird "contemporary" references mixed in. I put "contemporary" in quotes because it is difficult for me to imagine any teen idolizing Angelina Jolie, Amy Winehouse, Shakira or Orlando Bloom, even in 2011 (and Amy died in 2011, probably just as the book was being published, RIP). This feels like Out of Touch Adult Author Writing for Teens
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Balkis
Apr 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh!!!! During the holly and great month of Ramadna we; Muslims, don't put makeup, don't cheat during the days of the fast. We also don't wear short skirts and try to attract boys' attention because our religion is against this!
As a Muslim girl, I found this book really stupid! but comme one dear author! you know that being kissed by a stranger is completely forbidden, dating is Haram and the whole book isn't helping people with different religions; religions that we really respect, to have a
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Nikita
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
*I received Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. from Goodread's Firstreads in exchange for an honest review.*
It took me about a week after getting the book in the mail to start reading it; and once I started the book, I was disappointed. Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif was an unusually slow read for me. Most books I am able to finish in just a couple of nights; Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. took me almost 2 weeks to complete. The first hundred pages or so, are very slow going and the vocabulary of the
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Heidi
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, read-2011
3.5 stars. Fifteen-year-old Almira didn't get through Ramadan last year without cheating. Her parents were disappointed, her grandfather berated her, and Almira felt humiliated. This year she vows to stick to the fast from sunup to sundown. As the story follows Almira through the month of Ramadan, we learn that while her parents seem modern and "cool," they actually follow traditional Muslim beliefs; these beliefs come across as limits on Almira such as no dating, no picutres of teen movie stars ...more
C. McKenzie
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Almira is a typical American teenage girl. She wants to learn to drive and get her license. She'd love to be more slender and attractive, and she really wants a boyfriend. So what sets her apart from her high school friends?

While she has been born and raised stateside, her grandfather hasn't. His standards are those of a different culture, one that draws on strict Muslim rules of conduct. And, although, Almira's parents are more liberal, they too hold different standards and expectations for
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Violet
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is a very light read and more appropriate for younger girls but it's the first book I've read with a Muslim protagonist. I usually don't read that kinda thing because I get pretty sick of my own religion sometimes. But I love Ramadan and its really the only religious thing I do. Still though, the way we go about it and the way its described in this book is very different. For this girl, its all about the food. There's no mention of the other things we should abstain from in order for our ...more
D
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Teens
Shelves: slice-of-life
Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. is a story about a 15 year old girl named Almira and her struggles during Ramadan. Almira is a Muslim, so during Ramadan she has to fast until sun down, can't have a boyfriend, and her grandpa is pretty traditional.

Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. is Sharif's first book ever and it certainly shows. The story is written in first person POV, but that is no excuse for the amount of rambling that is prevalent throughout the book. On a positive note, I could really get a sense that
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Lily
I 'picked this up' from the New Hampshire library online on a dreary, cold Hobart day which seemed perfect for some fluffy, non-thinking young adult reading, I was sorely disappointed.

I was excited to see some diversity, but annoyed by the constant obsession with weight (size 8 - according the internet, size 10-12 is average...?) and also the whiny. SO WHINY. I can empathise with some of the whiny because I can only imagine how HANGRY one would get fasting during Ramadan. It was excessive
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Marilyn
Dec 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I am finished with this book. Made it about a third of the way through. Alvira, the main character, is a caricature: I've never read a book with a character more selfish and self-centered ever. Obnoxious. I was hoping to learn a little about Ramadan, its practice, background, and customs. Not happening, and I bet there are lots of better books out there.
Lee Anne
Aug 24, 2014 added it
Shelves: dnf
So disappointing. Obsessive attention to weight issues right from the beginning of the book made me uncomfortable, particularly as the girl in the story wasn't really overweight, just not skinny. Didn't get very far.
Aleeeeeza
Jan 03, 2011 marked it as to-read
This book sounds great. The whole Ramadan theme, Muslim girl self-discovery--it all sounds right up my alley!
Cookie
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but it wasn't that great. Cute story, but it never came to the point where it became a page-turner.
Malva
Jun 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Not sure how I ended up reading this book. There was no plot and barely any character development. I probably would have liked it as a teen, if only for the cultural differences.
Crystal
I saw this on the shelf at the library and realized I had never heard of this one so I picked it up. Ugh. I am not Muslim, but by this time have read quite a few books by and about Muslims. This one is not the one I'd recommend if someone wants a book about Ramadan or a book with a Muslim main character. Before even dealing with the Muslim representation, the writing seems very forced and contrived. This includes the dialogue, but the writing also is fairly simplistic and the plot is very ...more
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