Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!
Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. A former journalist, she currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband. Becoming Jinn is her first novel.
"Through Azra's first-person, present-tense narration, the act of "becoming Jinn" provides a rich metaphor for the potency and frustration of adolescence." --Kirkus Reviews"Azra is not your typical teenager, despite going to high school, having a crush on the lifeguard, and avoiding the resident mean girl. When she turns sixteen, she will receive her bangle bracelet that will allow her to grant wishes to humans. Azra is a genie (in training). ... The genie theme is original and appealing. Azra is likable; her struggles-even factoring in the genie issue-are real and relatable. With an interesting cover, this will not stay on the shelf." --VOYA, starred review"[Azra's] struggles with family and impending adulthood ring true and will likely cultivate a loyal, sequel-hungry audience." --Booklist