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The Beauty of the Moment meets Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Award-winning thriller writer Sheena Kamal delivers a kick-ass debut YA novel that will have fans crying out for more.Love and violence. In some...
The Beauty of the Moment meets Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Award-winning thriller writer Sheena Kamal delivers a kick-ass debut YA novel that will have fans crying out for more.Love and violence. In some...
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  • The Beauty of the Moment meets Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Award-winning thriller writer Sheena Kamal delivers a kick-ass debut YA novel that will have fans crying out for more.
    Love and violence. In some families they're bound up together, dysfunctional and poisonous, passed from generation to generation like eye color or a quirk of smile. Trisha's trying to break the chain, channeling her violent impulses into Muay Thai kickboxing, an unlikely sport for a slightly built girl of Trinidadian descent. Her father comes and goes as he pleases, his presence adding a layer of tension to the Toronto east-end townhouse that Trisha and her mom call home, every punch he lands on her mother carving itself indelibly into Trisha's mind. Until the night he wanders out drunk in front of the car Trisha is driving, practicing on her learner's permit, her mother in the passenger seat. Her father is killed, and her mother seems strangely at peace. Lighter, somehow. Trisha doesn't know exactly what happened that night, but she's afraid it's going to happen again. Her mom has a new man in her life and the patterns, they are repeating.

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  • SHEENA KAMAL holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness. Her debut novel The Lost Ones (US)/Eyes Like Mine (UK) won the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, a Strand Magazine Critics Award and Macavity Award for Best First Novel. It has been sold in fifteen countries and was a Globe and Mail Bestseller, a Time Magazine Recommended Read, an iBooks Best Book, a Bustle Best Book and a Powell's Pick. Fight Like a Girl is her debut YA novel and will also be published in the UK by Hot Key Books. Her next adult thriller is expected in Fall 2019. Kamal divides her time between Vancouver and Toronto. Visit her website at www.sheenakamal.com.

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  • Kirkus

    January 1, 2022
    A 17-year-old struggles to understand the accident that took her father's life in this young adult debut by an acclaimed mystery writer. Trinidadian Canadian Trisha, a West Indian girl of Indian descent, has always found herself most at peace while training at her muay thai gym in one of Toronto's grittier neighborhoods. Embracing muay thai has helped her grow stronger in all ways and, most importantly, given her a much-needed outlet far away from her tumultuous home life. Though she has always known that her parents' relationship has been defined by violence, nothing prepares Trisha for what happens when she is practicing for her learner's permit with her mother one rainy evening. Her father suddenly appears in front of the vehicle and is fatally struck. As Trisha tries to remember exactly what happened that night, she also begins to wonder if the accident was more than what it seemed. These suspicions grow as Trisha begins to discover new information about her parents, including secrets her mother has kept from her. Kamal's raw novel about a young fighter from a working-class background fittingly pulls no punches when it comes to examining the lasting impact of familial trauma. Trisha's search for the truth will stay with readers, as will the satisfying feeling that they have finished reading a truly complex page-turner. Fascinating and complicated. (Mystery. 14-18)

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  • Booklist

    February 1, 2022
    Grades 9-12 Adult-thriller author Kamal's young adult debut does not shy away from confronting tough themes, as protagonist Trisha wonders what really happened on the night her dad died. She had been driving, he was a drunk pedestrian, and her mom grabbed the wheel from her--leaving Trisha with the question of what was intentional and what was not. Her hope has been to break the cycle of violent relationships within her family, transferring her own urges into the practice of Muay Thai and martial arts, but after she watches her mother enter another abusive relationship, she takes matters into her own hands. Proud of her Trinidadian heritage, Trisha is a strong, compelling narrator whose grief is revealed as more complex than it initially seems. Kamal's engaging voice and compelling story will keep readers glued to the page, hoping to unravel the mystery as they root for Trisha to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma and violence--but at what cost?

    COPYRIGHT(2022) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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