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I would have rated stars had they been available What a compelling story I know so little about Middle Eastern culture, and this novel presented new information for me I simply had to further investigate the practice of bacha posh Who knew Well, Afghanis do I made thematic connections to Golden Boy, as far as how cultural practice can further define a people, and how differences are approached elsewhere I strongly recommend this book for those interested in gender issues, the Middle East, and coming of age stories. After reading The Pearl That Broke Its Shell I was excited to read another book by this writer This book deals again with the bacha posh tradition in Afghanistan girl dressed as a boy , but it is much on the personal experiences of turning into a boy and the meaning of the change It is very important to remember that this is intended as a YA book, and therefore it is much simpler than her former book As a YA book I would surely score it 5 stars, because there are so few YA books that are good, and also make people think and with clean language and without super annoying protagonists , especially books dealing with gender inequality The bacha posh tradition of Afghanistan is interesting But over, it makes you wonder what is the meaning of gender, what it means to be a girl Or as it appears in the bookBut do the body parts matter Meena asks Are you a boy because you have those body parts or are you a boy because you get to do boy thingsThis is not only true in cultures like Afghanistan s where sons are valued in a way daughters are not, in many cultures maybe ours too there is a perception that boys are capable of things girls are not, or at least different things Obayda s story is wonderful With the haircut and change of clothes her world changes, her potential changes, her confidence goes up, her chores disappear, her food improves She is worthy than her sisters But she struggles to become a boy probably I would be too if I was her I am uncomfortable with my new life in pants Even bigger problem is, that she will need to go through the opposite transition not too far in the future before puberty Did the external change makes a difference in who she is Is she still the same person underneath Think of Fake it till you make it theory, maybe it does make a difference.A book that reminds that girls and boys are equal in what they can achieve That we shouldn t clip children s wings That gender has meaning in today s world, and that we need to embrace independence and help children to be whatever they want to be, and try anything, no matter their gender The potential is huge, we just need to see it and let it out.Note I would give it 4 stars for adults, especially ones that read The Pearl That Broke Its Shell The first half of the book is just a deeper look into becoming a bacha posh, and was nice, but not necessary for me after reading prior writings about it With that said, it is a clear 5 stars for YA therefore the score I wish there were books like this, and writers like Hashimi. [Free E-pub] ☤ One Half from the East ♋ Internationally Bestselling Author Nadia Hashimi S First Novel For Young Readers Is An Emotional, Beautiful, And Riveting Coming Of Age Journey To Modern Day Afghanistan That Explores Life As A Bacha Posh A Preteen Girl Dressed As A BoyObayda S Family Is In Need Of Some Good FortuneHer Father Lost One Of His Legs In A Bomb Explosion, Forcing The Family To Move From Their Home City Of Kabul To A Small Village, Where Life Is Very Different And Obayda S Father Almost Never Leaves His RoomOne Day, Obayda S Aunt Has An Idea To Bring The Family Luck Dress Obayda, The Youngest Of Her Sisters, As A Boy, A Bacha PoshNow Obayda Is ObaydLife In This In Between Place Is Confusing, But Once Obayda Meets Another Bacha Posh, Everything Changes The Two Of Them Can Explore The Village On Their Own, Climbing Trees, Playing Sports, AndBut Their Transformation Won T Last Forever Unless The Two Best Friends Can Figure Out A Way To Make It Stick And Make Their Newfound Freedoms Endure 3.5 stars You are the best of both worlds one half from the east and one half from the west Nadia Hashimi is one of my favorite authors and her first YA foray published in 2016 has been lingering on my TBR for a long while Hopefully, I will remind a few others that it has lingered on their TBR too Set in modern day Afghanistan and centering on the tradition ofbacha posh, youngest daughter Obadya, begins to live her life as a boy and become Obayd Make Obayda your son, and let him fix everything that s wrong with your family Once a successful police officer, Obayd s father sustained a severe injury that has resulted in him learning to live life as a one legged man Obayd just wants his mother and sisters to have a good life again and sets out on a mission with his friend, Rahim, another bacha posh, to make his father feel good againBut it s hard to tell a one legged man that it s time to stand up. As Obayd continues with his schooling and embarking on his friendship with Rahim he begins to fear the day that his parents will ask him to become Obayda again Are you a boy because you have those body parts or are you a boy because you get to do boy things This book was heartbreaking and powerful in its exploration of the role that gender plays If I had one quibble, I wish that it has as powerful of an ending to match the overall story.Goodreads Review 02 07 19 A special thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins Canada for an ARC in an exchange for an honest review.Nadia Hashimi s first YA novel is a coming of age story with a twist Set in modern day Afghanistan, we meet Obayda, the youngest girl of four sisters, who becomes a bacha posh a preteen girl dressed as a boy to bring her family luck Obayda, now Obayd, must live as though she were a boy however, is struggling as he straddles both worlds until he meets another bacha posh, Rahim Together they try to find a way to make their transformations stick so that they can enjoy their newfound freedoms.Hashimi explores the bacha posh in The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, and crosses over the character of Rahima Rahim She was interested in this part of Afghanistan s past after reading an article about how a king would use women, dressed as men, to guard his harem trust no man These women are generations apart, being dressed as boys in a country where being female is a consequence This book is a wonderful story of tenacity, friendship, and survival set against a backdrop of harsh realities Give it a read, you will not be disappointed. Writing this review is difficult, because even though I did appreciate the basic parts aspects of this book, I had an issue with almost everything else and now that I sit down to express all my thoughts on this book nearly a week after finishing it I realize that I don t even have that much to say All in all, One Half From the East dared and tried to give out a bold message, but which came out rather ineffectucal and underwhelming.The story follows Obayda and her family, who, after a recent disaster have been forced to move from Kabul to a small village in Afghanistan Due to the lack of money and a sudden change in lifestyle, they re faced with problems, when suddenly one of their family members comes up with an idea to turn Obayda into a boy Meaning, dress her up as a boy so as to bring good luck a boy into the family so that their life gets better.Straight up, I have to say that the book did well in portraying certain orthodox mindsets of people, which are prevalent even today The whole belief that a boy child is good luck and better and even the classification of gender roles was very truly portrayed in the book I can understand how it might come off as sexist to some people, but trust me, it s reality.However, even though the book does portray this reality, it wholeheartedly tries to convince you that the gender of the child does not matter when it comes to love and affection It takes a stand against such division, and tries to convince the reader that be it a girl or boy, it s all the same So A strong portrayal of reality and an even stronger message.But is it really that impactful Does that message stand clear and strong, and make its mark Sadly, no A weak plot, bland writing and a somewhat boring narrative make the book a difficulty to get through.The plot of the book itself was weak, and it had loopholes The whole concept of how the girl to boy change works, isn t explained at all, it s just mentioned in the book to be a common thing, but how it s done ornothing really is said about it The writing of the book was so plain and bad For a book which isn t much plot wise, it really has to have strong writing and characetrization I get that the book, being written from the point of view of a child, cannot be much advanced but it would ve been much better had it been written better from someone else s POV That would ve added colour.All in all, I didn t regret reading the book, but I could ve done without it There are quite a few things I wish had been done differently, and just imagining some of those is making me think how amazing this book might have been.My Rating2 5 stars This was a pretty good book and the author made the main character very intricate and intriguing Good book I would ABSOLUTELY give this book an 11 5 stars rating if I could Nadia Hashimi is such a gifted writer, and I immediately got hooked onto this novel Everything about it is fantastic and compelling Highly recommend this book to anybody. Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another What You too I thought that no one but myselfC.S LewisNadia Hashimi, an internationally bestselling author, pens a terrific and extremely heart rending yet enlightening tale of love, friendships, child marriage, bacha posh in her new middle grade contemporary fiction book, One Half from the East where the author weaves a tale centered around a ten year old Afghan girl who encounters a bomb blast that claims her father s leg that led that girl and her family to shift to the villages where the little girl is forced to dress as a boy in order to bring good fortune to her falling family Synopsis Internationally bestselling author Nadia Hashimi s first novel for young readers is an emotional, beautiful, and riveting coming of age journey to modern day Afghanistan that explores life as a bacha posh a preteen girl dressed as a boy.Obayda s family is in need of some good fortune.Her father lost one of his legs in a bomb explosion, forcing the family to move from their home city of Kabul to a small village, where life is very different and Obayda s father almost never leaves his room.One day, Obayda s aunt has an idea to bring the family luck dress Obayda, the youngest of her sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh.Now Obayda is Obayd.Life in this in between place is confusing, but once Obayda meets another bacha posh, everything changes The two of them can explore the village on their own, climbing trees, playing sports, and.But their transformation won t last forever unless the two best friends can figure out a way to make it stick and make their newfound freedoms endure Obayda faces the tragic bomb blast in a market in Kabul that claimed her policeman father s leg, thereby stripping away their family s financial source and means of living, which finally led Obayda, her one legged father, her mother and her three elder sisters to shift to their father s village house In the village Obayda s and her family s life resumes normally with the financial help from her father s brother But one fine day, Obayda s aunt proposes her mother to turn their youngest daughter into bacha posh a preteen girl dresses as a boy in order to support their financial condition, as the girls are not allowed to work in Afghanistan, instead being a boy, she has the freedom to bring money into her family by doing odd jobs Obayda reluctantly turns into a boy with a reformed name, Obayd, and in the beginning, Obayd faces a lot of challenges to settle into the lifestyle of a boy who can run freely, eat food, stay outside his home until nightfall and can be exempted from any household and domestic chores So gradually Obayd learns the ropes to be a boy dresses in shirts and pants, and in the process, he finds a new friend, Rahim, in school who is also like him, and together they embrace the freedom, run wildly through the mountains to pass below the rainbows, chase other boys, do anything they like, but all until puberty and they would do anything to stay a bacha posh forever But there is no forever for a bacha posh.This is the first Nadia Hashimi that I got an opportunity to read, although in my tbr shelf, a copy of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is lying there for over months now, as I have not yet found the time to read it And after reading the prequel of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, I m definitely looking forward in reading about Rahima s painful journey into marriage, love and womanhood This story that is centered around Rahima s friend, Obayda is a real gem that is polished, flawless and shinning brightly through its equally evocative emotional and psychological aspects Right from the very first page, the story swept me away into the dusty and rugged terrain of Kabul along with Obayda and her adventures as a bacha posh This is a must read not only for all children but also for the adults that will let them see brutal truth behind the life of a woman girl living in a misogynist society.The author s writing style is coherent yet exquisite, rich with myriad of emotions that will make the readers feel the pain, joy, happiness and the challenges of the protagonist till the very last page The narrative is very simple and easy to comprehend with and the author has strikingly captured the voice and mindset of a ten year old girl that is not only honest but is quite thought provoking, that will force the readers to think about the protagonist s situation from their hearts The pacing of the book is really swift as the author unravels the story through some layers and twists that will surprise the readers As a whole, this is a fulfilling read, but it is bound to leave the readers with a hangover and lasting impression for the protagonist and her family.The backdrop of the story is vividly arrested into the plot with the tiny and minute details about the landscapes, the food, the culture, the religious beliefs, the societal stigmas, the prejudiced ideals, the streets, the people, the traditional attire and everything, that will let the readers visually imagine the scenes unfolding right before their eyes So this story will transport the readers right into the middle of a forgotten village in Kabul where people are dominated by a cruel and vicious warlord.The characters from this story are equally well developed, laced with flaws and dynamism in their demeanor thereby making them look real and believable in the eyes of the readers The main character, Obayda is flawlessly depicted with enough realism and flaws, the readers can easily comprehend with the feelings of this little girl, who is learning so much about the double standard world she lives in without a question, although she is quite mature compared to her tender age The other supporting characters are also equally fantastic and enlightens the story with their unmatched charm In a nutshell, this is a captivating middle grade story that is not only poignant but will keep the readers turn the pages of this book frantically to learn about a girl treading her way into the world bravely and freely like a boy, even though she knows that her freedom isn t long lasting Verdict A must read for all Hashimi at her best Courtesy Thanks to the publishers from Harper Collins India for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book That was just lovely After finishing Hashimi s previous three novels, I was committed to reading whatever she wrote next So it didn t matter to me that this book is YA young adult and I never read YA The Pearl That Broke Its Shell was the first book I ve read that was set in Afghanistan, and it opened my eyes to a world I was clueless about Before reading it, I d never heard of a bacha posh Sometimes families without sons will pick a daughter to live and behave as a boy, a bacha posh, since boys have freedom, even so than adult women The central family in The Pearl novel chooses a daughter, Rahima, to become a bacha posh In One Half from the East, Rahima is reintroduced while she is Rahim That made me grin from ear to ear The Pearl That Broke Its Shell focuses on Rahima s life as a woman, and the tenacity of other women in the family One Half from the East is entirely about Rahim living as a boy, though she is only a friend to the main protagonist, whose family has also chosen her to become a bacha poshh As many times as this book made me laugh because the kids in this novel are too funny I couldn t help but reflect on how simply cutting her hair, taking away her dresses, and telling a little girl that she is a boy, she suddenly realizes she can do everything a boy can do But I don t think I articulate this beautifully than the author does in her Author s Note The bacha posh tradition exists because sons are valued in a way daughters are not It exists because there is a perception that boys are capable of things girls are not.The bacha posh is a powerful teacher By a simple change in attire, her potential changes Her confidence is lifted Her worth is multiplied And yet, she is the same person underneath the shallow veneer of boyhood.What s startling is how the dynamics change within the home and the tension that grows between the sisters and their brother But the part that got at my emotions is the psychological impact on a bacha posh when it s time for her to give up life as a boy And in the case of Rahim, it was due to an unthinkable decision made by her family which I know how it plays out having read The Pearl That Broke its Shell This is an engaging read by an amazing author one of my new favorites If you decide to read her novels, I d recommend doing so chronologically as there is a natural progression of the stories she tells There s a pulsating dichotomy between the Afghan women of the past and Afghan women of present who have to come to grips with adopting traditional ways or a Western interpretation of roles.Love