Book Review by Aarene Storms: If You Could Be Mine

Friday, June 2, 2017

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has shared kisses and romantic dreams of the future with her best friend Nasrin since they were little girls. But modern Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love. The punishment for homosexuality might be a beating, or it might be death by hanging. So far, their love has stayed secret ... but when Nasrin's family arranges a marriage for her, Sahar feels she must act.

Although homosexuality is a crime in Iran, transsexuality is not. In fact, the government will pay for sexual reassignment. Sahar knows she isn't really a man in a woman's body. But, what if this is the only way she can ever be with Nasrin?

This absorbing peek into another culture features a wide cast of well-written characters: Sahar, who loves Nasrin. Nasrin, who loves candy, and Bollywood movies, and pretty clothes, and being the center of attention ... and probably also loves Sahar. Sahar's father, who still mourns for his wife and refuses to move forward with his life. Sahar's cousin Ali, a gay man trying to find his place. Ali's friend Parveen, who tries to help Sahar sort things out. And Reza, the doctor engaged to marry Nasrin, who is not as simple and two-dimensional as Sahar might wish.

Kissing, mild cussing, sexual decisionmaking and sexual situations. Recommended for ages 14 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS



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