2010-09-10 / Community

Far Rockaway Teen Pens New Book

By Nicholas Briano

Saleena Ali, 16. Saleena Ali, 16. Saleena Ali, a 16-year-old Far Rockaway native, has written her first novel, entitled “Behind My Eyes and Truly in Love: Stories of Friendship and Love.”

Ali, who has been writing for fun since age nine, has overcome a lot of adversity and physical challenges after suffering a stroke back in March 2007 at age 13. She had begun writing the book prior to the stroke and had it published in June. Within the next two years Ali plans to write a sequel to the book.

“Behind My Eyes and Truly in Love: Stories of Friendship and Love” is actually two stories within the same novel. The first story chronicles peer pressure among schoolgirls. The second is more a fantasy-type story about a prince falling in love with a servant girl.

Now recovered from her illness, Ali will begin attending Metropolitan High School in Kew Gardens this week.

Ali says she hopes her story can help others overcome physical and emotional challenges.

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