Rani Patel in Full Effect

Rani Patel in Full Effect

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2017 William C. Morris Award Finalist

Almost seventeen, Rani Patel appears to be a kick-ass Indian girl breaking cultural norms as a hip-hop performer in full effect. But in truth, she's a nerdy flat-chested nobody who lives with her Gujarati immigrant parents on the remote Hawaiian island of Moloka'i, isolated from her high school peers by the unsettling norms of Indian culture where "husband is God." Her parents' traditionally arranged marriage is a sham. Her dad turns to her for all his needs--even the intimate ones. When Rani catches him two-timing with a woman barely older than herself, she feels like a widow and, like widows in India are often made to do, she shaves off her hair. Her sexy bald head and hard-driving rhyming skills attract the attention of Mark, the hot older customer who frequents her parents' store and is closer in age to her dad than to her. Mark makes the moves on her and Rani goes with it. He leads Rani into 4eva Flowin', an underground hip hop crew--and into other things she's never done. Rani ignores the red flags. Her naive choices look like they will undo her but ultimately give her the chance to discover her strengths and restore the things she thought she'd lost, including her mother.

Sonia Patel is a psychiatrist who works with children and adults. She was trained at Stanford University and the University of Hawaii. She lives and practices in Hawaii. Rani Patel In Full Effect is her first young adult novel.

BookExpo America Editor's Buzz Selection 2016

Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books 2016

New York Public Library 50 Best Teen Books 2016

Book Page Top 10 Best Teen Book 2016

Texas Library Associations Top 10 Teen Books 2017

Multnomah County Library Best Books 2016

The Volumes Bookcafe Staff's Best 20 of 2016

2017 Amelia Bloomer List Recommended Feminist Literature For Birth Through 18

Publisher: El Paso, TX : Cinco Puntos Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781941026496
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Patel
Characteristics: 314 pages ; 24 cm


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SquamishLibraryStaff Jul 30, 2017

It's funny, I couldn't tell if I hated this novel or if I loved it. After thinking about it. I decided that the parts that I enjoyed outweighed the parts that I hated enough to be able to recommend it to other readers, Rani Patel is your basic 16 year old, she struggles with self image, boys, parental relations etc. However there are many layers to her, and many layers to her story. I did enjoy the mix of languages (Gujurati, Hindi, Hawaiin, pidgin, and hip hop terminology) and learning about the tumult happening in Hawaii in the 90s. I also LOVED reading her raps, they were unbelievable, such beautiful slam poetry. And it was nice to revisit an era (the 90s) I remember well, with pop culture references and the soundtrack that went along with it. (I know also play music in the 'boombox of my mind')

GCPL_Teen Jul 05, 2017

This is a great book for immigrants or children of immigrants (or anyone, really). Rani lives in two worlds: the world of young surfers in Hawaii and the world of her conservative Indian parents. She rebels against her sexist, unfaithful father and struggles to support her mother as they both discover their strength as independent women. Rani channels her pain by writing raps. She is a truly admirable protagonist and she serves as a positive role model for young women seeking self discovery.

Jan 13, 2017

This book was recently reviewed in Cleaver Magazine: http://www.cleavermagazine.com/rani-patel-in-full-effect-a-young-adult-novel-by-sonia-patel-reviewed-by-kristie-gadson/.

It sounds like great stuff.

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