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Forward Me Back To You

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Winner of the South Asia Book Award
School Library Journal Best YA Book of the Year
Kirkus Best YA Book of the Year
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults
Amelia Bloomer Top Ten Book for Young Feminists
Junior Library Guild Selection

Katina King is the reigning teen jujitsu champion of Northern California, but she's having trouble fighting off the secrets in her past.

Robin Thornton w
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (first published April 2nd 2019)
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Tricia Fraser There is zero bad language and violence. There is discussion of trafficking and the difficulty of recovery for victims. The main character is dealing …moreThere is zero bad language and violence. There is discussion of trafficking and the difficulty of recovery for victims. The main character is dealing with PTSD from a sexual assault. But absolutely none of this is graphic. I was impressed by how the author dealt with very difficult subjects but kept it all accessible and appropriate. (less)

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Kate Olson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aoc, young-adult
Superb YA. And here’s a keyword review because time and longer writing aren’t in the cards for me today:
Sexual assault
Human trafficking
As soon as I started reading this I texted @definitelyRA and said, “I immediately thought of you!” - if you don’t know this, RA is a superhero advocate and fundraiser for groups that fight human trafficking and I knew this book would be perfect for her.
And overall, I adore Mitali Perkins and her work
CW: past sexual assault, human trafficking, parental abandonment

This book was on my TBR for 2019 and now it’s also on my 20 books to read in 2020 list, so I knew I wanted to read it soon. After almost languishing on my couch for four days without reading anything, I finally decided to pick this up. And I don’t know if it was the right pick at the moment, I can’t deny that it was a very profound read.

The one thing I can tell you about the author’s writing is that it’s very engaging from the firs
Shawn Smucker
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, whole-hearted, compelling read.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always rejoice when there is a new Mitali Perkins book. She tells good stories with real diverse, global characters. This one is no exception. From the riveting beginning with the after effect of Katina's sexual assault to an ending where neither Kat nor Robin achieve their desires and yet where both find a way forward that brings them hope, this book doesn't shy away from difficult topics like human trafficking, but still manages to have grace shine through. I especially like how the American ...more
Seema Rao
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Riveting ~ Heartwarming ~ Challenging

tl;dr: Strength is much more than about muscles

This book is a whole lot of trigger warnings probed and examined, including attempted rape, abandonment, poverty, and racism. Mitali Perkins is a well-known author, presenting balance and well-rounded multi-cultural characters. She uses all those skills here. The quick read, with fast moving short chapters, is hard to read in parts, thanks to the strong, and unflinching writing. In general, I definitely recommend
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
A thoroughly satisfying book that I had a hard time putting down. about an important and rarely written about topic.
Just a note, all of Mitali Perkins' books are on my We Need Diverse Books Seminar reading list.
Students get to choose which books they want to read and come out of the class with a collection development list.
Clare Corson
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm gonna be honest: I was a little bit intimidated by this book. I've had some struggles reading in the past few years, which has led me to fall heavily on re-reading or reading books that are easier for me to consume. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with that, but it has accidentally created a minor fear of books with heavier topics and longer page counts. I was delighted from the start to discover this book was nothing to be afraid of at all. There are triggering subjects though, so if that ...more
Gabi Aharonov
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Funny story: I took my kids to the library and my 2yo decided to take this book home with us. I figured that it looked pretty good (okay, okay, I'm totally one to judge a book by the cover), and it is certainly worth the read. I hope there is a sequel, or that the author has another few books for my son to grab on to for my sake.

CW: deals with human trafficking, sexual assault, infant abandonment, pretty heavy issues. It is not done in a way to shock the reader, it is respectful and not graphic
Karen Reed
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another honest and hopeful story by Mitali Perkins, author of You Bring The Distance Near. Thank you to Netgalley and publisher for an opportunity to review this e-galley.

I will definitely be purchasing and recommending this to teen readers. I have to admit, when I read that the topic included attempted rape and human trafficking I was hesitant to start it. I've read so many heavy books lately I didn't know if I could handle another one. But I'm so glad I did because now I can reassure teens and
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can not describe to you how much I loved this book. So let me tell you what was wonderful. It was tender and sweet. It was bitter and angry. it was about love and loss. It was about real friendship. it was about redemption turned on it's head. I loved both Ravi and Kat became real friends. No romantic tension, no love triangles. Just real support and kindness. Great for teens who like realistic fiction and faith dominant books. ...more
Bidisha Das
Dec 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
Jaime K
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a recommendation through the Writing Excuses podcast, and it had a pretty cover. So I didn't fully know what it was about.

WOW. This book is AMAZING.

Katina is a brown girl with a white mother, whose father is unknown. Mom works hard to pay for food and housing, as well as for Kat's Brazillian Jiu-Kitsu, where mom's best friend Saundra is the trainer.
Robin (given name, Ravi), was adopted from Kolkata, India when he was 3 by two very white Christian parents who adore him.

This book has peop
Laura Gardner
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this fabulous book that manages to raise awareness about #humantrafficking as well as tell an incredibly compelling story about two individuals who heal together through a service trip to Kolkata.
I read this in one day and was completely drawn in by Katina and Robin/Ravi’s stories. Kat is biracial and a jiu jitsu champ who is struggling after an attempted sexual assault. She moves to Boston to live with family friend Vee who she immediately connects with. Robin is of Indian

I would definitely recommend YA novel for teens and their adults to read together. It comes from an interesting perspective of two teenagers who are learning about human trafficking. In that way, I think it holds a lot of value for people looking into the situation and encountering what can be horrifying facts and figures. There's a lot to talk about here. How do we process difficult facts about modern slavery (or other injustice)? What unique skills or story do you bring to the table
Gordon Jack
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Kat and Ravi travel to Kalkata, India with their church group they go with very different intentions. Kat wants to escape the past and Ravi wants to discover it.

Kat is the reigning teen Jiu-Jitsu champion of Northern California. But even her physical skills couldn’t protect her from sexual assault at her high school. When she leaves for India, she’s desperate to remove herself from anything that reminds her of the experience and the power it still holds over her.

Ravi is having a hard time
Jabiz Raisdana
This is a powerful readable book about some tough topics. The very first page starts with a sexual assault and it moves into sexual child trafficking.

But the entire story is told with grace and an earnest need to help young peoplke learn about these issues whilst finding ways to get involved.

It is filled with interesting, believable multi-cultural characters who are trying to figure out who they are in the world and what their roles may be.

The story at times feels a bit too Christian for read
I gave this book 3.5 stars.

Mitali Perkins tells a story that is rife with tension, pain, and the joy of finding peace of mind once you heal from the pain that life can cause you. This novel deals with sexual assault, intercultural adoption, sex trafficking, and abandonment and trauma issues from dealing with all the above. While confronting these things, Perkins make sure to allow bright spots to appeAr the characters lives where they exist just as teenagers would without the pain that their lif
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: Trauma, sexual assault, rape

Forward Me Back to You is one those books that takes you by storm. Dealing with Kat's attempted rape, Forward Me Back to You is very much about her journey to deal with her own recovery, her fears, and her anger. At the same time it's about Ravi's struggles with his adopted parents, as well as dealing with issues in hist past that he doesn't even ha
Audrey Kammerer
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Possible triggers for sexual assault. Interesting look at a gritty side Indian culture, from the perspective of the American, Christian characters. The emphasis is on factions trying to stop human trafficking, with pieces of pop culture, food, language, and family customs discussed as well. Several characters didn’t get the outcome they expected from their journeys, and the outcomes they got provided nice surprises in the plot. Interactions and hesitations that took place as the characters grew ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.25 stars

Two teens (with their own issues) from the same church youth group go to India to work with survivors of human trafficking. The book doesn’t go into the stories of the survivors, just the two main characters.

The book felt a little bit too religious at parts and some of the middle chapters dragged a bit.

I liked Grandma Vee. And I liked reading about her interactions with everyone and especially with Kay. I didn’t think the story needed to go to India. Or maybe not for such a long tim
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up after reading the rave year-end reviews. It's a very good realistic YA fiction. The characters meet at church, and church activity takes place throughout the story. I notice some reviewers felt it was preachy, but it was accurately described based on my experience. The story ends on a hopeful note, which is a breath of fresh air in YA literature! ...more
Tyler McPeek
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING!!! Usually I don't like the books that switch between characters, but this one is one of my new favorites! The plot is so good and the detail that is provided is very specific! The only criticism I have is that sometimes it was a little hard to understand what tense it was in. Other than that I give this book 5 stars and an A+ rating!!!

Kat is a teenage girl who loves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She was sexually assaulted at school. Her life has changed forever. Now she doesn't like
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a charming story of 2 young people who have a lot to unpack so that they can get on with the goodness of their lives. Told in alternating perspectives, Kat and Robin/Ravi undertake a derive trip to India to help young girls who have been trafficked. I’d never read a book about this topic, and I think this book will bring greater awareness about trafficking to young people. There are solid characters and successful arcs to both of their stories. I wasn’t fully bought in, maybe because the ...more
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. The main character was incredibly well done, the story was heartbreaking and beautiful, and the romance was genuine and serious. Finished it in only a few nights- might not sound very impressive, but for me, that's fast!
Can't recommend this book enough.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was such a unique read for me, unlike anything I've read before, but I'm so glad it came into my life. I'm thankful for the lessons it taught me and the different perspectives it offered. Such a beautiful story of growth and compassion. ...more
NCHS Library
From Follett: Told in separate voices, Kat and Robin leave Boston on a church mission to help combat human trafficking in India while Kat recovers from a sexual assault and Robin seeks his birth mother.
vaishnavi v.
3.5 stars
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well develop characters. The author is also great at describing the locations that are in the story. This is a great read, I would totally recommend.
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!!
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a unique YA novel!
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Mitali Perkins has written many novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for the National Book Award) Rickshaw Girl (a NYPL best 100 Book for children in the past 100 years, film adaptation coming in 2021), Bamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel), and Forward Me Back to You, which won the South Asia Book Award for Younger Readers. She currently writes and resides in ...more

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