[Epub] ↠ Shine, Coconut Moon Author Neesha Meminger – Valtrex-4.us

Shine, Coconut Moon Seventeen Year Old Samar Aka Sam Has Never Known Much About Her Indian Heritage Her Mom Has Deliberately Kept Sam Away From Her Old Fashioned Family It S Never Bothered Sam, Who Is Busy With School, Friends, And A Really Cute But Demanding BoyfriendBut Things Change After A Guy In A Turban Shows Up At Sam S House, And He Turns Out To Be Her Uncle He Wants To Reconcile The Family And Teach Sam About Her Sikh Heritage Sam Isn T Sure What To Do, Until A Girl At School Calls Her A Coconut Brown On The Outside, White On The Inside That Decides It Why Shouldn T Sam Get To Know Her Family What Is Her Mom So Afraid Of Then Some Boys Attack Her Uncle, Shouting, Go Back Home, Osama And Sam Realizes She Could Be In Danger And Also Discovers How Dangerous Ignorance Can Be Sam Will Need All Her Smarts And Savvy To Try To Bridge Two Worlds And Make Them Both Her Own

[Epub] ↠ Shine, Coconut Moon  Author Neesha Meminger – Valtrex-4.us
  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Shine, Coconut Moon
  • Neesha Meminger
  • English
  • 10 July 2019
  • 1416954953

    10 thoughts on “[Epub] ↠ Shine, Coconut Moon Author Neesha Meminger – Valtrex-4.us


  1. says:

    I picked up this debut novel because 1 the cover yes, what they say about covers is true and 2 what I know about Sikhs could fit on the thin end of the reel to reel inside a VHS cassette labeled Annie I ve given the novel three stars only because my personal preference is for literature with a certain poetry to the language, and this book is fairly straight forward Really it deserves five stars for permitting me insight into a culture long hidden from my experience, for the sharpness o I picked up this debut novel because 1 the cover yes, what they say about covers is true and 2 what I know about Sikhs could fit on the thin end of the reel to reel inside a VHS cassette labeled Annie I ve given the novel three stars only because my personal preference is for literature with a certain poetry to the language, and this book is fairly straight forward Really it deserves five stars for permitting me insight into a culture long hidden from my experience, for the sharpness of Ms Meminger s understanding of the difficulty of not only being caught between cultures, but ALSO of what it s like to get a late introduction to one s cultue of origin, and finally for her thoughtful and never precious handling of life in the quaking aftermath of Sept 11 Also, add a star for the novel being set in New Jersey my mothership


  2. says:

    I finished this book at 3.30 this morning.It s weird As an Italian, I never have to face race or ethnicity questions In the Italian census you don t have to mark anything regarding your race I mean, I m not sure what the government will do with such data Yet in the US census you have to mark if you re white, black or Pacific Islanders True that the US has always been an immigration country, still I mean, according to Thomas A Guglielmo, when Italians first came to the US they didn t kno I finished this book at 3.30 this morning.It s weird As an Italian, I never have to face race or ethnicity questions In the Italian census you don t have to mark anything regarding your race I mean, I m not sure what the government will do with such data Yet in the US census you have to mark if you re white, black or Pacific Islanders True that the US has always been an immigration country, still I mean, according to Thomas A Guglielmo, when Italians first came to the US they didn t know what race meant They were the only people talking to Chinese or Black American but they soon embraced the US habitsOne could argue Soobie, you re 25% Southern Italian, don t you wish to learnabout life down there Not really I ve met the Southern relatives during funerals and weddings but I ve never really feel attracted to them Their accents is so different and they re so exuberant in the demonstration of love that I always feel out of place with them And really, they got angry if I asked them to speakslowly because I couldn t understand themAll of this to say that race and ethnicity are concepts that are a bit foreign to me So I was a bit curious about this book Being Sikh in New York City soon after 9 11 There have been some articles on the newspapers lately about Sikh they say that they re very closed into their communities and don t do anything to open up to the Italian society Don t know if it s true or those articles serve the purpose of creating a new enemy Back to the book, Sam lives with her mother in New Jersey and one day, a couple of days after 9 11, her estranged uncle Sandeep suddenly appears on their doorstep When Sam was two years old, her mother decided not to speak with her parents any because they were too closed in their Sikh traditions 9 11 changed things and her brother wanted his family around during that tough time Sam suddenly realizes that there s a part of her past that she doesn t know anything about And she starts to look for information about what it means to be Sikh and, above all, what it means to be Sikh in New Jersey Sam finds new Indian friends at school and she can compare her life with the life of her friends, who have stricter parents.At first her best friend doesn t understand how important it is for Sam to find out about herself and this puts a strain on their friendship Her boyfriend goes postal about her having a Sikh uncle and he starts being jealous and unreasoning Meeting her grandparents, however, is not as easy as she thought it would be There is a culture clash between the three generations What I found really interesting is that even among Indians sorry, I don t remember the other term they use in the book there are different shades of complexion the fairer, the better In the end, it was a good book and I m glad I ve read it It gave me new insight into a world I knew nothing about


  3. says:

    Shine, Coconut Moon really appealed to me because of the topics that it deals with What does it mean to be an American Can you be an American but still keep your old family traditions I really liked how Neesha handles these topics Samar knows nothing about her mother s family until her uncle steps back into her life Along the way she learns that she can be an American while still following some of her family s traditions I really enjoyed how Samar grows and learns about her mother s side o Shine, Coconut Moon really appealed to me because of the topics that it deals with What does it mean to be an American Can you be an American but still keep your old family traditions I really liked how Neesha handles these topics Samar knows nothing about her mother s family until her uncle steps back into her life Along the way she learns that she can be an American while still following some of her family s traditions I really enjoyed how Samar grows and learns about her mother s side of the family She has always tried to just fit in with her mostly white classmates but now she takes the time to speak with some other Indian students This was really my favorite part of the book because it is so nice to see Samar expanding her world view In the past she would always ignore her Indian classmates.Some of the secondary characters were also pretty interesting I really loved Samar s uncle He was such a kind and sweet man I really want him to be my uncle I thought that Samar s boyfriend was a real trip He starts off as this nice guy but the second she starts to learn about her Indian culture he turns into a maniac This was one of the things that bothered me about Shine, Coconut Moon Mike seems to go from the sweet boyfriend to a stalker idiot in a matter of minutes It seemed really rushed I think that Shine, Coconut Moon would have a high rating from me had it been a bit longer.I enjoyed Shine, Coconut Moon and despite the fact that it seemed rushed the ending did wrap up nicely I was able to kind of easy guess what was going to happen but I did get a little misty eyed a few times I always enjoy a book that can make me that emotional.This was Neesha Meminger s first book and I really hope she writesbooks Especially books focusing on Indian culture I also wish that she could come over here and make me some of the food described in Shine, Coconut Moon I could really go for some Mutter Paneer right about now Kudos to Neesha for the food cravings


  4. says:

    Shine, Coconut Moon is a thoughtful YA book about a teen struggling with her Sikh identity in post 9 11 New York City Sam s mother rejected her Sikh culture, and as a result Sam grew up a coconut brown on the outside, white on the inside She believes there s no difference between herself and her best friend Molly, and she and her mother consider themselves perfectly assimilated in their suburban New Jersey society But one day, Samar s Uncle Sandeep shows up on their doorstep, asking to be Shine, Coconut Moon is a thoughtful YA book about a teen struggling with her Sikh identity in post 9 11 New York City Sam s mother rejected her Sikh culture, and as a result Sam grew up a coconut brown on the outside, white on the inside She believes there s no difference between herself and her best friend Molly, and she and her mother consider themselves perfectly assimilated in their suburban New Jersey society But one day, Samar s Uncle Sandeep shows up on their doorstep, asking to be part of their family Uncle Sandeep is Sikh and wears a turban.I m not sure if this is an author debut, but while the story was good, the writing could be clumsy at times, with scenes that were cut short, awkward transitions and a rushed fast forward ending not unlike Paula Yoo s Good Enough However, no one appreciates an identity book about a teen s diverse experiencethan I do And while it took me a good while to warm to Sam, I did like her eventually She puzzled me early on, I couldn t tell if she was ashamed of her her heritage, if she was ignorant or if she was worried about being cool.Finally, while I very nearly had mother issues with this book, I think Meminger did a great job not demonizing Sam s mother I would say the same for even the less likable characters Also, the copy was misleading and provocative in a way I didn t like while Uncle Sandeep does get attacked it happens in the last twenty pages, and the story doesn t begin there like the copy suggests It s muchfocused on Samar and her confusion about her heritage


  5. says:

    3.75


  6. says:

    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comThe cover of SHINE, COCONUT MOON should be enough to draw readers to the contents of Ms Meminger s story But if the cover doesn t pull you in, then the story should capture your attention.Samar has always considered herself American She had a few incidents when she was younger of being treated as an outsider, but when Molly befriended her, Sam was accepted without any problems.It isn t until after September 11, 2001, that life changes for Sam A strange Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comThe cover of SHINE, COCONUT MOON should be enough to draw readers to the contents of Ms Meminger s story But if the cover doesn t pull you in, then the story should capture your attention.Samar has always considered herself American She had a few incidents when she was younger of being treated as an outsider, but when Molly befriended her, Sam was accepted without any problems.It isn t until after September 11, 2001, that life changes for Sam A strange man in a turban shows up at her door claiming to be her long lost uncle Uncle Sandeep Her mom had severed all ties to her family, so the man on their porch is a stranger to Sam Sam s curiosity is piqued and she wants Sandeep to be a part of her life.But in the days post 9 11, anyone that even remotely looks like a terrorist is instantly regarded with suspicion, and Uncle Sandeep in his turban stands out in town By association, people start looking at Sam differently Sam knows nothing of her Indian heritage, and seeks out other girls like her at school for guidance.Sam begs her uncle to take her to her maternal grandparents But when her grandparents realize that Sam s mother knows nothing of the trip, they cut the visit short They insist they want to get to know Sam, but will only do so with Sharan s blessing.The novel shares the struggles of Samar coming to terms with who she is in a new post 9 11 society Having been denied her heritage, she s hungry for knowledge of who she is and what her mother is running away from Samar wants to fit in without controversy, but she also wants to be true to herself.SHINE, COCONUT MOON will make you angry with the way innocent people were put under scrutiny in the days following September 11, 2001, but it will also make you think about the way you consider those who are different from you


  7. says:

    Finally, a book about an Indian girl that isn t just about trying to get away from tradition Finally, a YA book about a girl who isn t white but whose life story isn t only about being brown Finally, the first YA book I ve read that deals with the current sociopolitical climate and its treatment of immigrants and minorities I kind of knew this would be good going into it, since I read the author s blog, but it was still refreshing I wish the dialogue had been written a bit better, since of Finally, a book about an Indian girl that isn t just about trying to get away from tradition Finally, a YA book about a girl who isn t white but whose life story isn t only about being brown Finally, the first YA book I ve read that deals with the current sociopolitical climate and its treatment of immigrants and minorities I kind of knew this would be good going into it, since I read the author s blog, but it was still refreshing I wish the dialogue had been written a bit better, since often it is either stilted or overly narrative and it mostly didn t sound like real teens, but the sentiments and plot were realistic and not obnoxious, unlike so many other YA books This one s a keeper, and this one should be read by a lot of people, since about such important current issues without seeming like a book about important current issues


  8. says:

    A refreshing, thought provoking read I resonate to the theme potently, as being raised in the U.S has been a primary contributor in my own personal disconnection with my ethnic culture As the main character Samar is determined in her venture of discovering her family ties and race, provocations of challenging my own self identification arose and caused me to assess the values of family, ancestry as well as realize the importance of knowing yourself and being proud of where you come from.


  9. says:

    This is a thoughtful and well structured book about family, culture, and identity in the aftermath of 9 11 Samar is a very believable teenager, and her family members are both flawed and human The way in which Sammy s quest to learnabout her South Asian origins affected her perception of herself and her relationships with various schoolmates, family and friends kept me engaged until the end.


  10. says:

    I liked Shine, Coconut Moon I really liked Sam, and I liked seeing her decide to learnabout her family 9 11 really changed things for a lot of people and I thought Shine, Coconut Moon really showed how much people changed.Like Sam s boyfriend I hated him, I really did How he treated Sam because of her uncle was absolutely horrible, and you d think he d give her a chance and try to see things from her perspective But he had no interest in doing that, and refused to leave her alone, I liked Shine, Coconut Moon I really liked Sam, and I liked seeing her decide to learnabout her family 9 11 really changed things for a lot of people and I thought Shine, Coconut Moon really showed how much people changed.Like Sam s boyfriend I hated him, I really did How he treated Sam because of her uncle was absolutely horrible, and you d think he d give her a chance and try to see things from her perspective But he had no interest in doing that, and refused to leave her alone, even when she wanted to have nothing to do with him It s hard to believe that she was ever interested in him, and I was relieved when they were no longer together.And how things changed with her best friend Her best friend is the stereotypical character who doesn t understand how hard things are for Sam after 9 11 Her friend does come around, and I wonder if maybe she noticed things but didn t want to admit it.This book is very much Sam learning about her heritage I thought the summary was confusing it made it seem like her uncle showing up and him being would be a huge part of the book, but it wasn t His appearance does change things for Sam, and she does meet both him and her grandparents because of it, but it wasn t as important as the summary would have you believe.Don t get me wrong, the way he was treated by people he didn t even know was horrible, and he doesn t deserve it It s sad that people saw him a certain way because of how he looked, and that people make assumptions and stereotype I wish we didn t live in a world like that, but unfortunately, we do Something I thought was odd was when the book took place There were times where it seemed like it happened right after 9 11 and we re in the months right after But towards the end of the book, it seemed liketime had passed Maybe I missed something, but the timeline seemed really strange and confusing to me, and it took me out of things a little bit.I did like seeing Sam expand her worldview, and how she started talking to people that she previously ignored It s too bad some of the other people in her life couldn t or wouldn t do the same It made me angry that people started treating her differently because of her uncle, and that even though they ve known her for years, they started looking at her with suspicion I m really not sure what else to say about Shine, Coconut Moon It s definitely worth checking out and reading.My Rating 3 stars Even though I liked Shine, Coconut Moon, I didn t love it I really felt for Samar, and I felt so angry on her behalf I definitely recommend it

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