Sonia Patel is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, trained at Stanford University and the University of Hawaii. She lives and practices in Hawaii. Rani Patel in Full Effect, her first young adult novel, is a Morris Finalist, and received four starred reviews from trade magazines. Jaya and Rasa Fall in Love is her second young adult novel.
"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 ReviewPatel 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