Who said what right here. (And thanks!)


  • Americanized *might* become a TV series… courtesy of Hello Sunshine and Reese Witherspoon! 
  • Listen to my interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air here. Yes, this was a career bucket list kind of moment.
  • Is this real life? The New York Times Book Review discusses Americanized in their March 4th issue.
  • Check out my interview about Americanized with Yahoo Lifestyle. (Avoid the racist comments)
  • Read my essay, Sixty-Four Teeth in Lenny Letter
  • Signature Reads included me in their piece, 24 Authors Reflect on This Moment in Women’s History.  
  • She Reads has Americanized on their list of biggest YA novels to read this summer.
  • Amazon picks Americanized as one of its bests YA books of the month.
  • Bustle publishes an excerpt from Americanized.
  • I got to do a Reddit AMA with NY Times best-selling author, Nicola Yoon! 
  • Teen Vogue calls Americanized one of the ten must-read YA books for young activists.
  • Brightly features a list of my favorite books from my teen years. 
  • Bookish includes Americanized on its list of must-read YA books of winter 2018.
  • Bustle picks Americanized as one of the best YA books coming out in February. 
  • Read Kirkus Reviews’ starred review of Americanized here. 
  • I love a good Barnes & Noble YA open mic. Click here to read my story about taking Persian dance classes. 
  • I did a Q&A with Get Underlined! Find out which 90s trend I miss the most…
  • Brightly lists Americanized as one of the most exciting YA books of 2018.
  • POPSUGAR calls Americanized one of the Best Books of Winter 2018.
  • Check out the Holiday Gift Guide inspired by my book Americanized on Get Underlined.
  • Penguin Teen lists 10 things that inevitably happen when you’re 17, written by me!
  • I was a part of Barnes and Noble’s YA Open Mic!
  • NEVER EVER made Bustle’s Best YA books of June!
  • Never Ever is listed in 12 books to quench your fairy tale thirst.
  • 8 retellings you’ll feel guilty for liking better than the original? Yup.
  • School Library Journal calls Never Ever a “cleverly repackaged Peter Pan for teens, with characters and subplots that beg for a sequel.”
  • Oh! Return to Neverland with 5 magical 2016 YA books. (Including Never Ever.)
  • Barnes and Noble thinks Never Ever has an “utterly irresistible concept.” Thanks!


Saturday, May 5th & Sunday, May 6th: I’ll be at YALLWEST in Santa Monica, CA. Panel information to follow!
Saturday, April 28th & Sunday, April 29th: I’ll be attending the Bay Area Book Festival. Panel information to come!
Saturday, April 21st @ 12pm: LA Times Festival of Books. Come see me on the panel, A New Look at Real Stories: Nonfiction for Young Adults. Sharon Levin will moderate the panel, with myself and authors Candace Fleming and Dashka Slater!
Wednesday, April 4th @ 3pm: Texas Library Association Conference 2018 in Dallas. I’ll be speaking on the author panel, “Can You Handle the Truth? Narrative Nonfiction for YA.”  Come meet me and a few of your other favorite YA authors!
Friday, March 23rd @7pm: come meet me at Hicklebee’s Children’s Books in San Jose. I’ll be doing a reading and signing books.  
Sat & Sun, Feb 11th & 12th: I’ll be speaking at the American Library Association mid-winter meeting in Denver, Colorado. 
Wednesday, February 7th @ 1pm PST: I’ll be doing a Reddit AMA with fellow author Nicola Yoon!
Tuesday, February 6th @ 7:30pm: Join me to celebrate the release of my memoir, Americanized at Skylight Books in Los Angeles! I’ll be signing books and serving champagne.
 Contact me for readings.