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The Resource Jaya and Rasa : a love story, by Sonia Patel

Jaya and Rasa : a love story, by Sonia Patel

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Jaya and Rasa : a love story
Title
Jaya and Rasa
Title remainder
a love story
Statement of responsibility
by Sonia Patel
Title variation
Jaya and Rasa fall in love
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Hawaii, seventeen-year-old Jaya Mehta is a transgender outsider with depressive tendencies and the stunningly beautiful Rasa Santos thinks sex is her only power. Will their love transcend and pull them forward or will they remain stuck, separate, in the chaos of their pasts?"--
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 Patel’s second novel (after Rani Patel in Full Effect, 2016) is another bittersweet, Hawaii-set story involving gender, class, and love. Jaya has always felt more tied to the male stars of the Bollywood movies Jaya’s mother watched than to the body Jaya was born in. Rasa, meanwhile, in order to keep her family alive, has taken on her mother’s trade of prostitution. A serendipitous meeting allows Jaya and Rasa to discover a love that helps them cope with the harsh, upsetting realities of their daily lives. For instance, Jaya’s mother, refusing Jaya’s claim that he’s a man, wants him to take a traditional Indian husband. And Rasa is afraid to leave her pimp, as it might put her little siblings in harm’s way. Patel’s captivating prose and memorable characters immerse readers in a tense situation. Though the book admirably tackles a myriad of issues, it does seem to rush near the end. Readers’ hearts will ache to know more about the aftermath. A moving story of the healing powers of unconditional love. -- Bratt, Jessica Anne (Reviewed 9/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 2, p61)
  • Rasa and Jaya live totally different lives in Hawaii, each struggling to find themselves when they find each other. Teenage Rasa supports herself and her younger siblings by doing the sex work she was groomed to do by her mother. When they are abandoned, Rasa is put into a separate foster home from her siblings. A sense of stability begins to take hold in her until her carers sell her to a sadistic, wealthy pimp who terrorizes and gaslights her until her identity is obliterated. Meanwhile, Jaya lives a life of privilege in a wealthy Gujarati family, but their picture-perfect life is a lie he detests. His father cheats on his mother, they both drink excessively, and they pressure Jaya to be the ideal daughter. Jaya knows he's trans but isn't sure how to tell them that he's a boy and is never going to marry a wealthy man. One day, Jaya sees Rasa picking liliko'I fruit and is sure he's seen a goddess. A budding romance turns dark as Jaya's paranoia about Rasa's caginess and dishonesty comes to a head and they learn the truth about each other. Readers may find it difficult to reconcile how they feel about Jaya toward the end after rooting for him the whole way through, as there's some unanswered abuse in his reaction to finding out who Rasa really is. Nevertheless, 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. (Fiction. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2017)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10576199
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Patel, Sonia
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • HL610L
  • Decoding demand: 97 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 81 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 88 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dysfunctional families
  • East Indian Americans
  • Racially mixed people
  • Transgender people
  • Teenagers
  • Teenage prostitution
  • East Indian Americans
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Transgender people
  • Love
  • Family problems
  • Racially mixed people
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / LGBT
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Dating & Sex
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Physical & Emotional Abuse
  • Love
  • Family problems
  • East Indian Americans
  • Racially mixed people
  • Transgender people
  • Dysfunctional families
  • East Indian Americans
  • Racially mixed people
  • Romance fiction
  • Teenage prostitution
  • Teenagers
  • Transgender people
  • Hawaii
  • Hawaii
  • Hawaii
  • Hawaii
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Jaya and Rasa : a love story, by Sonia Patel
Instantiates
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1889640
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9781941026861
Lccn
2017018314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781941026861
  • (OCoLC)972266741
Label
Jaya and Rasa : a love story, by Sonia Patel
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1889640
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9781941026861
Lccn
2017018314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781941026861
  • (OCoLC)972266741

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