Title : The knockout
Author: S.A. Patel
Genre: Young Adult
Pages : 380
Publication date: 18th August 2020
Publisher: North Star editions
If seventeen-year-old Kareena Thakkar is going to alienate herself from the entire Indian community, she might as well do it gloriously. She’s landed the chance of a lifetime, an invitation to the US Muay Thai Open, which could lead to a spot on the first-ever Olympic team. If only her sport wasn’t seen as something too rough for girls, something she’s afraid to share with anyone outside of her family. Despite pleasing her parents, exceling at school, and making plans to get her family out of debt, Kareena’s never felt quite Indian enough, and her training is only making it worse.
Which is inconvenient, since she’s starting to fall for Amit Patel, who just might be the world’s most perfect Indian. Admitting her feelings for Amit will cost Kareena more than just her pride–she’ll have to face his parents’ disapproval, battle her own insecurities, and remain focused for the big fight. Kareena’s bid for the Olympics could very well make history–if she has the courage to go for it.
I really enjoyed this book, it’s not something I would normally read but the blurb caught my attention and once I started reading I couldn’t stop. I really enjoyed reading about Mauy Tai was something new to me.
I really enjoyed the main character Kareena, she is dedicated , loving and powerful and believes in her self and goes after what she wants, she deals with harsh judgement and the feeling of not belonging.
This book is well paced and kept my attention till the very end. I’m now very intrigued about the author and will be keeping an eye out for future books of hers.
My rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback.