Rani Patel in Full Effect

Rani Patel in Full Effect 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 Gujar

  • Title: Rani Patel in Full Effect
  • Author: Sonia Patel
  • ISBN: 9781941026496
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 parAlmost 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.

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    1. I know I won't go back to it, in spite of the unique narrator - a rapping Gujarati Indian 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.

    2. I'm so excited about this, I told my mom about it. Sometimes, our best consolers are our parents. Yesterday, my mother was sharing pieces of her relationship with me as she does, and I was like: "You know what? That reminds me ofRani Patel in Full Effect." I had her so captivated, she asked when it was expected to release. I basically spoiled the book for her. Sorry, Mom.Rani's father has recently cheated on her mother with a younger woman. In discovering this information, Rani shaves her head " [...]

    3. This book needed some work for a few reasons, primarily in respect to needing one plot point less than what was mixed in, and it needed a better pacing and time structure. It runs long, but then it rushes to a conclusion that's ultimately not as satisfying as it could be. I was left, too, with a lot of questions of believability/world-building with Rani -- why did she have no friends and no female friends in her life at all? We get a quick note on this later on, but it made me ask a lot of quest [...]

    4. Raw and emotionally draining, Rani's story is one of endurance and empowerment. However, the use of 90s slang and Hawaiian/Gujarati words made it hard to immerse myself into the story. Had I known there was a glossary at the end, I may not have had this problem. If I could change one thing, I would have waited for an audio book. It would be nice to know how to pronounce some of the words and I would love to hear the raps performed. They were powerful on paper, but set to a beat with the passion [...]

    5. I enjoyed many things about this book and definitely think it's a worthwhile read, 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 consequences on the lives of children and adolescents. Yet in treating these youth or [...]

    6. This book had the potential to be really great, but it just didn't work for me. I was SUPER excited when i heard about this book. Strong woman of color who loves rap music and slam poetryhad me from the moment I heard about it!This story was a focus on the cycle of abuse and for me what didn't work is that all 300 pages of it focused on that cycle! The ended is all of a sudden and BAM in those last 5 or so pages you finally see things looking up and our main girl getting her shit together. But f [...]

    7. I am hesitant to put this down as local-Hawaii-literature, but it does take place on Molokaʻi in the 90s and although I first felt like the geographic markers in the story were sort of like people in Hawaiʻi watching Dog, the Bounty Hunter, I know that even though I would never drive so much on Molokaʻi, one of the high school kids I talked to from Molokaʻi High said his biggest achievement was driving 200 miles in one night. Do you know how many times you have to cruise back and forth to ma [...]

    8. 4.5 starsSO GOOD. I stayed up all night finishing this because once I got into the story, I couldt. put it down. Rani is such a great character. I loved her and felt for her and wanted to be her Get A Grip Friend. I kind of want to listen to the audio to see if the narrator actually performs her raps or just reads them aloud.

    9. Everyone, this is not a good book. Both in terms of the writing -e.g. "Today is Pono's birthday party. I brew up some extra strong masala chai and pace the kitchen. I sip and contemplate the perfect music selections for his gift--an 80's [sic] hip hop tape" (230) and "Six days later it's done. It chronicles the struggles of multiple generations of women in my family. Including my mom. I want it to be perfect for the next 4eva Flowin' production. Omar agreed to give me an honest critique of it" ( [...]

    10. 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 runs a general store and restaurant 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 hi [...]

    11. I feel a little ambivalent about this book. The things I like, I really, 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 and raps; the characters around her, both positive and negative.But 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 [...]

    12. I'm having a hard time thinking of a rating The story is so good, and important, and I loved the Hawaiian-Indian-rap elements. The author, a psychologist who shares a lot of Rani's descriptors (Indian, lives on the same island as Rani, and is a rapper) could have made a really fantastic book but the clunky writing almost ruined this for me. While a few other reviews have touched on some valid criticisms about character development and Rani's Mary-Sue-ness, mine is that the story structure was di [...]

    13. It's 1991 and Rani Patel's father is having an affair. It's confirmed and documented and Rani is furious. Not just on her distant mother's behalf but on her own behalf. Her and her Dad have been closer than is right for quite some time now - she feels like a widow and shaves her head as is customary in her parents' culture. Yes, what you're reading between the lines is exactly what I'm referring to.She's an outsider in her family. An outsider at school being as they live in Hawaii and her family [...]

    14. Finalist for the 2017 William C. Morris Debut YA Novel award from American Library Association. The best words I can find to describe this story are raw, brave, powerful and rich. This novel is not for the average YA reader and I have to include trigger warnings for rape and incest right away. For mature YA and adult readers, though, this is a heartbreaking look at life for an Indian-American teen rapper on the small Hawaiian island of Moloka’i in the early 1990's. The complex family issues an [...]

    15. 1.5/5I was really hoping to like this book. The binding and cover is gorgeous. I was very enticed by the little snippets I had heard, but that's not what I got.First off, this novel is dripping of debut. There is so much needless descriptions of outfits (a mistake most first authors have but usually before they get published). Like, I don't care about what colour of adidas hightops the characters owned, really! And Sonia had really poor pacing. She would suddenly tell a bit of what was happening [...]

    16. Rani is a teenage Gujarati girl living in Hawaii with her hardworking mother and her hardly working father. When her father leaves the family for a younger woman, Rani shaves her head in defiance and seeks solace in her rhymes. As her life gets more and more complicated, hip hop is always there. Rani Patel In Full Effect is about beats, rhymes and the will to overcome every kind of external threat and the internal ones too.There are a lot of layers to this book and they are all salty-sweet. Ther [...]

    17. I received this book for free through giveaways. So one thing that I want to say before I review this is that I'm definitely not a part of all three cultures featured in this book, so it was insightful, but it made the book very hard to read. I didn't realize there was a glossary in the back, and there were some words that were not included in the glossary. So a lot of the time I had no idea what the characters were saying, which made it a bit confusing and hard to read. The story itself packed [...]

    18. Rani is a very outward facing person, even though she has insecurities and other things that she's working through. So I think for that reason she has to enact her mistakes to evaluate her negative patterns, and see them in her writing, instead of brooding about them. That is a character trait not so often seen in YA because I think authors are more introspective and they write what they know. So it was refreshing to read Rani, and a little frustrating. I was relieved that her raps weren't total [...]

    19. A super, super important story with an insightful Author's note and an awesome 80's/90's soundtrack that gets you through those tough to read moments.

    20. I picked this up because of the cover art, which is so gorgeous and different, and found that the book inside is just as gorgeous and different as the outside. A fantastic debut.

    21. This was a rough read on many different levels. It would have been very beneficial for me to have discovered the glossary in the back translating the Indian phrases and Hawaiian slang sooner than I did. Rani Patel is a Gujarati Indian who lives on the Hawaiian Island of Moloka'i with her parents. The story takes place in 1991 and begins with Rani freaking out because she has seen her father with another woman, confirming her fear that he's cheating on her mother.We very quickly learn, though, th [...]

    22. This one is difficult. And really it was only the last third of the book that packs the punch. And boy does it ever. It seems like many of the revelations came out with little time to create a resolution that fit the length of the introduction to the characters include Rani herself. Rani is Indian American and growing up in Hawaii. She enjoys rap and rapping herself, writing down her poetry and is ready to begin sharing it with the the world- and this sharing starts with her crush, Mark who live [...]

    23. Keep your eye on this author. First Lines:I caught him. Red handed. In the alley behind Kanemitsu’s, p.7. Moloka’i one of the Hawaiian Islands, 1991. Rani Patel is 16 years old and just caught her father cheating on her mother with a girl not much older than herself. Unfortunately, this is just another awful event in her already turbulent life. Rani is the daughter of Indian immigrants and has been raised to believe, by her Gujarati culture, that her father is like a god. She been doing what [...]

    24. This is a book about sexual abuse and abuse cycles in general, but as compared to the other YA books (or adult books as well, really) that I've read that deal with that, it's both lighter and more emotionally precise. The lightness may be in part to the quick emotional resolution, which is a little unrealistic, but probably most people don't want to finish reading this book and then read three more novels about self blame and self destructive urges that can last for god knows how many years afte [...]

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