Indian-American Rani is a senior in high school. Her family and culture are very important to her and she lives up to her family’s expectations by studying hard, applying to the best universities, and not being distracted by dating—until she meets the artistic and troubled Oliver. She secretly dates him while navigating her deception and dealing with what can happen when cultures collide and a relationship becomes toxic. This timely novel explores complex issues of racial and sexual identity, cultural appropriation, microaggressions, racism, cross-cultural relationships, and family dynamics. Suitable for independent novel study or a literature circle for mature students. Social considerations noted.
coming of age
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