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A rising star in Muay Thai figures out what (and who) is worth fighting for in this #ownvoices YA debut full of heart.

If seventeen-year-old Kareena Thakkar is going to alienate herself from the entire Indian community, she might as well do it gloriously. Shes landed the chance of a lifetime, an invitation to the US Muay Thai Open, which could lead to a spot on the
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Expected publication: August 8th 2020 by Flux
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Into the first chapter, I was like 'okay! Clam down! We all want to stay alive while reading this book!'
Into the second chapter, I was like 'whoa! Did she just turned mellow and all girly? Is there an insta romance happening right there? Are we even talking about the same person in the first chapter?'
Then into the third chapter, I was like 'Okay I am so not buying the emotions. Is something wrong with me?'
Into the fourth chapter, I was wishing the 'too-hyped-up-character-vibes' to die down a
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Feb 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
my MMA loving heart needs this book
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
*Received an ARC via NetGalley from publisher in exchange for an honest review! Thank you!*
Fanna
Mar 06, 2020 marked it as definitive-tbr
March 7, 2020: My desi heart is flipping right now because I'm genuinely so excited to read this! A brown sports-romance is what I needed in life and now it's here. Thank you, Flux Books for the digital review copy via Netgalley!
chrysa
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
"Whatever sadness or anger or loneliness you might face, harness it."

That was such a promising ya debut and one of my most anticipated ones. The book follows Kareena, a 17-year-old Indian who's training in preparation for the US Muay Thai Open, while coming to terms with her father's illness, figuring out her place in the Indian community and navigating her way through her first relationship. As someone who loves learning about different cultures I was pretty excited to read about
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Cece Beckman
The Knockout Advance Readers Copy (ARC) by S.A. Patel

Let's talk about the cover of this novel: a close up drawing of a female torso, where she is preparing for a fight, her brown arm flexed, her fist tight as she finishes wrapping her left hand with pink fabric, the Henna tattoos etched on her fingers like war paint. Its an impressive image, one that would have readers buying the novel purely on the cover alone. Cecelia Beckman, Sheaf & Ink

The Story

Kareena Thakkar is a fighter. But not just
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Cece Beckman
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was able to receive an advance readers copy through NetGalley

Lets talk about the cover of this novel: a close up drawing of a female torso, where she is preparing for a fight, her brown arm flexed, her fist tight as she finishes wrapping her left hand with pink fabric, the Henna tattoos etched on her fingers like war paint. Its an impressive image, one that would have readers buying the novel purely on the cover alone.

Cecelia Beckman, Sheaf & Ink

The Knockout synopsis was a unique and
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Lashyashy84
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Kim | readmorethings
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received an e-ARC if this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed this #ownvoices debut! Its a classic YA novel through and through, so if you dont like the language and structure of YA, maybe dont pick this up. If you do though, get ready for a fun, moving read. I really enjoyed the maturity of the issues this book tackled. From cultural pressures, to health/financial concerns, to the stigma that female athletes face (especially in physically demanding
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Anika
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for this ARC!

I really loved this. I loved how it was both feminine yet sporty - which is something you don't really see a lot of in YA - the main character (Kareena) is so relatable and I love the insight we get into her family life. I love the supportive Mum and Dad and how the community reacts to her Muay Thai.

I loved that we got to read about Muay Thai as a whole. It's a sport I don't know very much about and this was a great introduction to it.

The book paces itself well
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Georgia Fradico Teixeira
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
This book was awesome! Kareena is an amazing MC. She is dedicated, loving and powerful. She deals with the harsh judgment of some part of her community and the feeling of not belonging, her family problems, her objectives in Muay Thai and a blooming romance. We saw Kareena's personality completely and her struggles to fit in. The feeling she can't be a "good" desi girl and a fighter, feminine and muscular. Her romance with Amit is just so sweet and intense and he is, truly, a dream boy. Its ...more
Sarah
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a super fun YA romance. I loved Kareena's focus on Muy Thai, and it definitely made me remember what it felt like to be in high school and participating in a sport that not everyone understands. The romance with Amit is really sweet, and does a great job understanding the tension between being serious about a sport and trying to date as well. It's a great book, and I really enjoyed reading it.
Manya
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
_The arc of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review._

The story is about Kareena Thakkar, a seventeen year old Indian girl, who wants to participate in the US Muay Thai Open.

I really liked how the author explained a lot about Muay Thai and I learnt a lot of new things.
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Woah this sounds amazing! An indian muy thai fighter romance!!!
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