Praise

"American Betiya thoughtfully examines cross-cultural boundaries, first love, the first steps of independence from family, and the power of art to transform and heal. I loved Rani's fierce, heartfelt, and beautifully told journey." — Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

 

American Betiya is a brave, beautiful exploration of identity—those thrust upon us, and those we forge for ourselves.” — Elana K. Arnold, award-winning author of What Girls Are Made Of 

 

"American Betiya is a heartfelt story about the complex and intimate relationship between culture and a young person trying to find their place in the world. I was immediately captivated by Rani’s unique voice, and her raw sincerity kept me hooked through every step of her journey. This book is overflowing with honesty, and stunningly beautiful.” — Akemi Dawn Bowman, award-winning author of Starfish and the upcoming The Infinity Courts series 

 

"Laced with poetic and rich writing, American Betiya candidly captures the heartbreaking impetuousness of that all-consuming first love, the tightrope we walk as we seek to navigate cultural tensions, and, most importantly, the risks we must take to spread our wings and find ourselves.” — Gae Polisner, award-winning author of The Memory of Things 

 

"Beautifully written and completely heartfelt. Rani is a funny, loving, searching protagonist. This book is a gem." Lauren Fox, author of Days of Awe, Friends Like Us, and Still Life with Husband

 

"I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Rajurkar's novel, a vivid portrayal of the challenges of growing up between cultures and traditions, the torturous emotions of first love, and the extremely relatable teenaged angst we all experience. Rajurkar's writing is pitch-perfect and anchored in sensory details that immerse you in Evanston and high school. The novel is a combination of silk saris and rubber-soled combat boots: the perfect balance of sensitivity and edgy toughness. Young readers and adults alike will enjoy this fascinating debut novel." Christina Clancy, author of The Second Home

 

"An eye-opening, edgy, emotional exploration of identity, love, family and clashing culture, American Betiya is an unputdownable must-read." — Liza Wiemer, author of The Assignment