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by Sonia Patel
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2017 Amelia Bloomer List Recommended Feminist Literature For Birth Through 18
2017 William C. Morris Award Finalist
Book Page Top 10 Best Teen Book 2016
BookExpo America Editor's Buzz Selection 2016
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books 2016
Multnomah County Library Best Books 2016
New York Public Library 50 Best Teen Books 2016
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Booklist Online, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal
Texas Library Associations Top 10 Teen Books 2017
The Volumes Bookcafe Staff's Best 20 of 2016
Rani finds empowerment on stage as MC Sutra, "Call my solution a female revolution/Retribution in the form of rhyme electrocution."

For a multimedia experience of Rani Patel, In Full Effect, listen to author Sonia Patel's playlist on Spotify, and watch Sonia spittin' 16-year-old Rani's rhymes in this YouTube clip.

Product Details

10-digit ISBN978-1-941026-50-2
Also Available InHardcover
Publication DateOctober 1, 2016
Starred Review1 Stars - see reviews
RightsAll Rights Available
When Raniís father leaves her mother for another woman, Rani shaves her head in mourning. The visibility of her act of rebellion propels her onto the stage as a hip-hop performer and into a romantic relationship with a man who is much older. The whirlwind romance, coming on the heels of her fatherís abandonment, make her begin to understand how her fatherís sexual abuse wounded her in deeper ways than she, or her mother, have ever been able to acknowledge.

Meanwhile, she seeks solace in making lyrics and performing as well as in her boyfriendís arms. Raniís friends warn her about him but she fails to listen, feeling as though she finally has something and somebody that makes her feel good about herselfónot recognizing that her own talent in hip-hop makes her feel secure, smart, and confident in ways her boyfriend does not. Indeed, as the relationship continues, Rani discovers her boyfriendís drug use and falls victim to his abuse. Losing herself just as she finds herself, Rani discovers her need to speak out against those who would silence heróno matter the personal danger it leads her into.

Sonia Patel writes out of her experience as a first-generation Indian immigrant cradled in the Hawaiian indigenous culture, an experience lushly and brilliantly explored in her debut novel. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Patel trained at Stanford University and the University of Hawaii, and has spent over ten years providing individual and family psychotherapy to adolescent girls and their families.
Booklist Online 1 Stars
Debut author Sonia Patel offers a unique perspective in Rani, whose punchy first-person narrative, peppered with early-í90s hip-hop references, Hawaiian, Hawaiian pidgin, Gujurati phrases, and her own slick rhymes packed with an empowering feminist message, commendably and strikingly stands out in the YA landscape.
- August 8, 2016  Visit Website
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Kirkus Reviews 1 Stars
A powerfully particular, 100 percent genuine character commands this gutsy debut.
- July 15, 2016  Visit Website
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Publishers Weekly 1 Stars
Sonia Patel sets her powerful debut novel in 1991, filling it with bygone rap references and an electric verbal blend of Gujarati, slang, Hawaiian pidgin, and the rhymes Rani crafts. Patel compassionately portrays Raniís entangled emotions, lack of self-confidence, and burgeoning sense of empowerment as she moves forward from trauma.
- August 1, 2016  Visit Website
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School Library Journal 1 Stars
[Raniís] story will appeal to readers who prefer gritty, darker fiction without a pat, happy ending, and characters who donít always overcome their challenges but must face them repeatedly. A strong, unique choice for YA collections.
- October 10, 2016  Visit Website
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The Globe and Mail
You havenít heard this voice in YA before.
- December 30, 2016  Visit Website
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Raniís environment leaps off the page in vivid and satisfying detail, from the winding roads and small shops of Molokaíi to the intricacies of í90s hip-hop fashion. Ö Author Sonia Patel is a psychiatrist, and her determination to portray Raniís response to trauma truthfully is unrelenting.
- October 1, 2016  Visit Website
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Rich In Color
Rani Patelís story spoke to me with power and intensity. I felt Raniís pain, but also her energy, determination and her hope for healing Ö Get it soon especially if you enjoy references to 90s hip-hop.
- September 9, 2016  Visit Website
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Kirkus Reviews
Itís a book that is honest and realistic about how hard it is to come to terms with abuse: how willing and even eager we are to accept excuses and rationalizations, to forgive and give abusers "another chance"; of how much harder it is to see from the inside than the outside.
- Leila Roy, October 3, 2016  Visit Website
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Andersonís Bookshop
This book is so amazing and incredibly well-written and unique, and there is no punch left unpunched. This book gutted me. Sonia Patel knocked it out of the f*cking park. Buy this book.
- Rachelle Strolle, September 7, 2016 
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Midwest Book Review
Rani Patel In Full Effect by child and adolescent psychiatrist Sonia Patel is an extraordinary and deftly crafted novel that will have particular and special appeal to young readers ages 12 to 18.
- December 1, 2016  Visit Website
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"Rani writes words. Words that go boom."
This book is an open wound. Sonia Patel does not sugar coat...heartbreak, sorrow, and patriarchy, the kinds of things intended to bend and break girls who rap. Girls like Rani. But Rani writes words. Words that go boom. And in Rani Patel in Full Effect, so does Patel.
- Isabel Quintero, author of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, March 1, 2016 
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One of the best new YA novels to enjoy with your apple cider.
- September 29, 2016  Visit Website
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Cleaver Magazine
Rani Patel, MC Sutra herself, is so much more than a character on the page. Ö Rani shows us the power every girl has inside themselves to break the cycle of abuse and reminds us that self love is what frees us up to become the amazing beings we are.
- October 28, 2016  Visit Website
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The Riveter Magazine
One of our favorite reads this fall is marketed for young adults, but make no mistake: Rani Patel in Full Effect will hit you just as hard, if not harder, than any ďadultĒ title.
- February 1, 2017  Visit Website
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