We are Sara Saedi and Nicola Yoon, we are both authors and we both immigrated to the US as teens, our writing is very influenced by our backgrounds. Ask Us Anything!

Feb 7, 2018

Nicola Yoon:

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!

Sara Saedi:

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.

Proof: https://twitter.com/GetUnderlined/status/960592612888518656

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