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The Knockout | Author Interview | Book Tour

I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour for The Knockout that is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was really excited to also be able to interview the author for this book!


How would you describe The Knockout in one sentence?

A seventeen-year-old girl battles insecurities, bullies, and first love to follow her dreams of making it to the US Muay Thai Open.

Can you introduce us to the main character(s) of The Knockout?

Our main character is Kareena Thakkar, a bubbly Indian American teenager who is a stellar fighter with support from her parents, her best friend, Lily, and the boy assigned to help her get her grades up, Amit.

Do you know from the beginning how your books will end or do you let your characters decide their journey?

I let my characters decide their journey, although most times I know what the ending is. But it’s never an ending I aim to give them; it’s always something that naturally evolves as the story evolves.

Do you have a favorite scene, moment, or quote from the book?

“Mama said knock you out.” OK, it’s lyrics from an LL Cool J song, but mama really did tell Kareena to knock them out!

What is something readers will find in The Knockout that they may not realize based on the

The story is not just about sports. It’s a mix of many things: dealing with bullies, insecurities, finding your space and where you fit within society, realizing identities, and how communities can be both wonderful and devastating.

What’s something you hope readers will take away from The Knockout?

I hope readers have a fun time, that they laugh and feel, and walk away believing in their dreams.

What are three books you would recommend if someone enjoyed The Knockout?

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez; Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Claton; You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson


TITLE: The Knockout
AUTHOR: Sanji Patel
GENRE: Young Adult Contemporary
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2021

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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. 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.

Content Warning: disphoria, parent with chronic illness, misogyny, bullying


Sajni Patel is an award-winning author of women’s fiction and young adult books, drawing on her experiences growing up in Texas, an inexplicable knack for romance and comedy, and the recently resurfaced dark side of fantastical things. Her works have appeared on numerous Best of the Year and Must Read lists from Cosmo, Oprah Magazine, Teen Vogue, Apple Books, Audiofile, Tribeza, Austin Woman’s Magazine, NBC, The Insider, PopSugar, Buzzfeed, and many others.

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