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I know I won t go back to it IN SPITE OF THE UNIUE NARRATOR A RAPPING GUJARATI spite of the uniue narrator a apping Gujarati girl living in Hawaii This is a ya novel with great premise and a lot of promise but which happened to be published in a very unpolished state This book needed some work for a few easons primarily in espect to needing one plot point less than what was mixed in and it needed a better pacing and time structure It The Magistrates' Court: An Introduction (Fifth Edition) runs long but then itushes to a conclusion that s ultimately not as satisfying as It Could Be I could be I left too with a lot of uestions of believabilityworld building with Rani why did she have no friends and no female friends in her life at all We get a uick note on this later on but it made me ask a lot of uestions throughout ather than accept things at face valueTHAT SAIDThis book isn t for me and the teen eaders who want a story about an Indian girl living in Moloka i who turns to Nomadische Lebenswelten Und Zarische Politik: Der Aufstand In Zentralasien 1916 rap to work through her grief will love this There s no uestion thateaders will be annoyed that Rani keeps making the same terrible choices The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin relating to men but it s that series of errors that makes her whollyeal and The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity realistic It sucks watching her get hurt again and again but it s part of her process of growingThere are multiple instances ofape and sexual assault in this book and it s tough to see the fallout of that on Rani But what is great is seeing how she uses this hurt in ways that ultimately help her come into her own as a teenager This No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History reminded me a lot of JULIET TAKES A BREATH both the good and the bad And there are times whileeading this I felt like an outsider who didn t get *The Culture Or Life *culture or life the island but what works so well abo I enjoyed many things about this book and definitely think it s a worthwhile ead but I will say that it was also difficult at times Content warnings for sexual and emotional abuse Sonia Patel the author is also a psychiatrist and her portrayal of abuse is intentional She includes an author s note at the end detailing why she chose to have her title character make unhealthy choices Incest has tragic conseuences on the lives of children and adolescents Yet in treating these youth or adult survivors I know many can ecover But what happens in between Rani s story is one version of thisRani is sixteen and the story is told in first person from her perspective so we see how she processes and sometimes internalizes the things that happen to her Despite everything she s also incredibly caring smart and creative She s a second generation Indian American Gujarati like me and she writes and performs Berlayar di Pamor Badik raps not like me aboutacism sexism colonialism abuse female power etc She L. Munatius Plancus reflects on the struggles of being a POC and child of immigrants but also understands her position as a settler in Hawaii I like that the author includes a glossary of the Gujarati and Hawaiian words that show up organically without translation in the narrative Occasionally there s a disconnect between Rani s thoughts about female oppression and her actual interactions with women which are sometimes problematic but that s part of her experience of trauma She does grow a lot in thisespect and actually her growing Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality relat. 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 theemote 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 .
Ionship with her mom is one of my favourite parts of her story She also has a couple of eally good friends story She also has a couple of eally good
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attend activist meetings her call her out on unhealthy behaviours and consistently support herFor anyone who wants to ead this I strongly encourage you to ead the author s note in the back of the book I strongly encourage you to ead the author s note in the back of the book makes it clear that some of the things we might ideally like to see with female protagonists confidence self love healthy decision making are hard earned in a patriarchal society and young girls in particular need to be supported not judged as they work towards those traitsbehaviors I feel a little ambivalent about this book The things I like I eally The Violinist and The Son of Redhead: Two Plays by Leonard Melfi really like the mix of Hawaiian and Indian Gujarati cultures the insight into hip hop and how all the external expressions of strength can become inner strength fake it til you become it Rani s voice andaps the characters around her both positive and negativeBut the things I don t like are hard to get past Rani s abuse and healing feels shallow and as the author says in her note the fact that Rani was able to gain insight as uickly as she did is unusual If anything in this story is unrealistic it is that I m not someone who loves to Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela read angst for angst s sake but I wanted Rani s pain andecovery to come from a deeper place sometimes when she Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction rapped I felt those things very strongly but in her other actions the abuse and healing seemed mere storytellingRani s character in general can come across as uneven while she s supposed to be a nerdy ambitious student body president no boys want to date she s also a super coolapper with tons of guy friends I don t disbelieve these prototypical girls can coexist in one woman but with only a bit of characterization anchoring each facet in the text Rani came across as Mary Sue ish at timesAnd then there s all the Gujarati and Hawaiian and hip hop terminology The glossary in the back is only helpful if it includes all the unknown words If I flip to the back to define a word and can t find it listed that seems unprofessionalor lazy I d Dying to Be Ill: True Stories of Medical Deception rather no glossary and having to guess the definitions by context than a glossary only capable of answering my uestions part of the timeI did love Rani s world and words though and I m looking forward to seeing of Sonia Patel s work in future And since this is an advanced copy perhaps some of the nitpicky glossary issues will beesolved by the date of publication Rani in Full Effect takes place on the island of Molokai in Hawaii during the early 90s Rani is a teenage Gujarati Indian whose family Octavio's Journey runs a general store andestaurant on Molokai Her world comes crashing down the day she sees her father with another woman Her parents traditionally arranged marriage is a sham her parents are always arguing with Rani always coming between them She s always been very close unhealthily close to her father with him coming to her for all his needs With his new girlfriend Rani has been Philosophy in Social Work replaced and everything falls apart Around the time Rani s world is falling apart she becomes friendly with Mark a 30 year old who often visits the general store to buy beer and cigarettes Rani lov. Ntimate 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 drivinghyming skills attract the attention of Mark the hot older customer who freuents 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 cr. Es hip hop music and turns to listening and writing her own ap lyrics during this difficult time Mark introduces her to a secret underground hip hop group where she is able to feel like herself She has a huge crush on Mark And She Is Ecstatic When She and she is ecstatic when she that he likes her back Ew What follows are a bunch of bad decisions made by Rani with he likes her back Ew What follows are a bunch of bad decisions made by Rani with elationship with Mark basically eplacing the elationship she had with her fatherRani has a very complicated Organizing Power relationship with her mother She craves to have a betterelationship with her mother but most of the time she s distant and ignores Rani It s frustrating to see Rani trying to get her mother s attention with little to no Bipedal, By Pedal: Confidential Mad Libs result However by the end of the book herelationship has begun to heal I love that her mom intervenes between Rani and Mark and my favorite part may been when she stands up to her husband s girlfriend Oh Wendy I wouldn t live with you and Pradip even if that meant I had to be homeless I actually wanted to say thank you Thank you for taking Pradip off my hands You can keep him And
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bullcrap YESI m glad Rani and her mom stood up to her father when he wanted to move back in with them WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND That could have gone so many ways but they said no and stood by that no It s also frustrating to see Rani make so many bad decisions These bad decisions are a Lost Treasure result of the years of abuse she endured but that didn t make it any easier toead each time she decided to take Mark back I m glad she decided not to go back with Mark at the end of the book but it bothers me that she may have taken him back if he wasn t going to Maui to live with his pregnant girlfriend It was also hard to Victorian Fashions: A Pictorial Archive, 965 Illustrations read about the self blame she kept feeling through the story You just want to tell her it s not her fault and try to help her in anyway possibleIeally had no interest in Jack and the Beanstalk: Ladybird First Favourite Tales reading the book until I found out it takes place on Molokai I was fortunate to visit Molokai about 10 years ago and I have fond memories from that trip I loved being familiar with some of the places that she mentions in the book We looked in some of the shops along Ala Malama Avenue in Kaunakakai including going grocery shopping there I have a picture of the library she mentions We went to Kalaupapa and I m pretty sure we stopped at the overlook where Mark takes Rani at the end of the book I have a picture taken with the Phallic Rock I know who Father Damien is I hope I don t sound like the tourist who Pono and Rani find so annoying at the end of the book I felt like Molokai was a character of the bookIt was the setting that drew me in but once I started the book and while it was difficult toead at times I Captain Corellis Mandolin really enjoyed Rani s story I look forward toeading Sonia Patel s next bookJust a side note there is uite a bit of Hawaiian and Gujarati jargon throughout the book I was lucky enough to know that there is a glossary at the end of the book but you may not know this if you aren t warned Don t become frustrated just flip back when you see something you don t understand There are a few words that aren t included in the glossary but most of those you can figure out using context clues. Ew and into other things she's never done Rani ignores the Landscapes of the Chinese Soul red flags Her naive choices look like they will undo her but ultimately give her the chance to discover her strengths andestore the things she thought she'd lost including her motherSonia 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 nove. ,