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Rani Patel In Full Effect

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As the only Indian girl in her entire Hawaiian town, 16-year-old Rani often feels like an outsider. She finds some comfort and empowerment in rap and slam poetry, and when she learns about an underground hip-hop crew in her town, it seems like sheís finally found the perfect respite from her home life, which is marred by her parentsí intensely traditional marriage, her fatherís brazen infidelity, and ó worst of all ó the lingering trauma of the sexual abuse her father inflicted on Rani for years. Thatís a lot for her to handle, but when Mark, the older man who runs the hip-hop crew, starts taking special interest in her, it seems like he's the perfect solution to her problems, despite her friendsí warnings. Debut author 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. While Raniís recovery from her trauma is unrealistically speedy and conclusive ó something Patel, a psychiatrist, freely admits in her authorís note ó most teens wonít skip a beat, since Rani's voice, oscillating from righteous anger to thrilling pride, swooning crushes, and heartbreaking insecurity, will resonate with many, even those with little to no familiarity with Raniís background. Vivid, bold, and passionate.
- August 8, 2016  Visit Website

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