When Holden Met Katniss: The 40 Best YA Novels

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Tanuja Desai Hidier, 'Born Confused'
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Tanuja Desai Hidier, 'Born Confused'

2002, Scholastic

Dimple Lala is a New Jersey teenager of Indian ancestry, existing in that murky cross section between two cultures and feeling as if she doesn't really belong to either. Dimple's story of trying to make sense of what it means to be an American girl (when your skin color and cultural background don't match that of your classmates) is a charming if sometimes painful one about finding a place in the world.

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