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Rani Patel in Full Effect

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Powerful coming-of-age tale deals with abuse, addiction.

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Sonia Patel's emotional and powerful coming-of-age novel tastefully tackles the trauma associated with abuse and addiction as well as the road to recovery. With a blend of diverse languages and cultures, numerous early ‘90s rap references, and Rani's poetic lyrics, Rani Patel in Full Effect creates a vivid depiction of life on the island. As a trained psychologist, Patel understands the frustration readers may feel with Rani's decisions and mistakes, but she acknowledges that it's realistic for survivors of abuse.

Although Rani initially lacks self-confidence and has a skewed sense of self-worth, her alter ego MC Sutra is full of life and positive energy. Most teens will never experience anything like Rani's story, but as she "strive[s] to be [her] own queen bee" and slowly learns she "don't need your praise to phase how [she] self-appraise," teens will understand that Rani's story is one of perseverance and empowerment.

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