American Betiya (Hardcover)
Author: Anuradha D. Rajurkar
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (2021)
For ages 12-17
Rani Kelkar has never lied to her parents, until she meets Oliver. The same qualities that draw her in––his tattoos, his charisma, his passion for art––make him her mother's worst nightmare.
They begin dating in secret, but when Oliver's troubled home life unravels, he starts to ask more of Rani than she knows how to give, desperately trying to fit into her world, no matter how high the cost. When a twist of fate leads Rani from Evanston, Illinois to Pune, India for a summer, she has a reckoning with herself––and what's really brewing beneath the surface of her first love.