Jaya and Rasa. a Love Story

Sonia Patel (Author)

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Cinco Puntos Press
Publish Date
September 19, 2017
5.9 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Sonia Patel knows teenagers inside and out. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, trained at Stanford University and the University of Hawaii, she has spent over fifteen years listening to and understanding the psyche of teenagers from all walks of life. She's also been a teenage girl herself, growing up on Moloka'i as a first generation Gujarati-American.
As a writer, Sonia is passionate about giving voice to the underrepresented youth she treats. Her YA debut featuring a Gujarati-Indian American teen, Rani Patel In Full Effect, was a finalist for the Morris Award and was listed on YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults and Kirkus' Reviews Best Teen Books of 2016. Her second YA novel, with a Gujarati-Indian trans boy and a mixed ethnicity girl, Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story, was selected for the 2019 In the Margins Book Award Recommended Fiction Book List. She chose South Korea as the setting for her third YA novel, Bloody Seoul, because of her extensive treatment experience with Korean and Korean American teens on Oahu (and her love for the Korean gangster film genre).
Watch Sonia's video for the Child Mind Institute, where she speaks about her experience with anxiety and depression, and the words of wisdom she would tell her younger self.


"Patel has written a book so intense and messy that it may just reflect real life in a way that neither fairy-tale endings nor outright tragedies can do." --Kirkus Reviews

"Patel's captivating prose and memorable characters immerse readers in a tense situation." --Booklist

"Sonia Patel (author of Rani Patel in Full Effect) writes with fierce simplicity throughout, allowing the gritty beauty of her story to shine. --Publishers Weekly

"Overcoming more obstacles than most teens can even imagine, this is a gritty romance that represents diverse characters." --@natasha.reads.books

"TW: homophobia, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts/attempted suicide, drugs, prostitution, and abuse." --Utopia State of Mind

"An unforgettable and brave love story ... you'll be rooting for these two from page one." --Brit+Co

"Unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for both high school and community library YA Fiction collections." --Midwest Book Review

"Patel has struck a balance of sensuality and youthful tenderness in their courtship, clearly conveying the difference between healthy and abusive sexual encounters. With an open-ended but hopeful final scene, Jaya and Rasa will appeal to teen readers hungry for more diverse--but still romantic--realistic fiction." --BookPage