Ep. 149 Sonia Patel

This episode features the fiction and musical choices of Sonia Patel! Enjoy!


Sonia Patel (she/her) writes out of her experience as a first-generation Indian-American born in New York and raised in Hawaiʻi, an experience explored in her debut novel, Rani Patel in Full Effect. Rani was a finalist for the Morris Award, received four-starred reviews from trade magazines, and was listed on YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Teen Books of 2016. Her subsequent YA novels, Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story and Bloody Seoul, both received the In the Margins Book Award. Her fourth YA novel, Gita Desai Is Not Here to Shut Up, is slated for publication spring 2023. Her short story, Nothing Feels No Pain, will appear in the YA anthology AB(solutely) NORMAL forthcoming in 2023. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist trained at Stanford University and the University of Hawaiʻi, Patel has spent over twenty years providing individual and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and their families. She lives in Honolulu with her husband, teen, and dog, and misses her older teen who’s attending college on the continent. If you’re driving and you pass by her in her beat-up Toyota truck on some Honolulu street, she’s not yelling at herself, she’s got the hip hop cranked and she’s spittin’ bars. Find her on Instagram @soniapatel808


  1. Introductory reading
  2. MIA’s “10 Dollar”
  1. LIT: Rani Patel In Full Effect chapter 1 pg. 7-9
  1. Linkin Park’s “One Step Closer”
  1. LIT: Rani Patel In Full Effect chapter 2 pg. 10-13
  1. 2Pac’s “Do For Love”
  1. LIT: Rani Patel In Full Effect chapter 2 pg. 13-17
  1. Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”
  1. LIT: Rani Patel In Full Effect page 271-273
  1. Little Simz’s “Venom”
  1. Author interview
  2. LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out”


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