I was was born in Jamaica and moved to Brooklyn, NY when I was 11 years old. My immigration experience is woven in to my book, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, a 2016 National Book Award Finalist. I am also a hopeless romantic and I firmly believe that you can fall in love in an instant and that it can last forever!
I was born in Tehran, Iran smack-dab in the middle of a war and an Islamic Revolution. At thirteen,I uncovered a terrible family secret: we were breaking the law simply by living in the United States. I was only two years old when my parents fled Iran, and I didn't learn of my undocumented status until my older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept me up at night, but it didn't keep me from being a teenager. I desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, my own car, and a boyfriend. My memoir, Americanized, follows my progress toward getting my green card and my experiences as an Iranian-"American" teenager.