If You Could Be Mine

A Novel

Farizan, Sara

(eBook - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
If You Could Be Mine
In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-old Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1616203102
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 04, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is an interesting look into life in a very different culture from our own. I enjoyed the character of Sahar, whose feelings for both Nasrin and her own depressed father were artfully depicted.

Dec 11, 2013
  • k_t rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A heartwrenching look at girls in love in Iran. While I didn't always get why Sahar was in love with Nasrin (who didn't really seem to appreciate her or treat her well), I felt for her struggle to find a place to belong and be herself. An interesting look at life in Iran for GLBTQ youth. Recommended.

Dec 01, 2013
  • Legomyeggo33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A phenomenal book! I loved the ending and the plot development. The characters were so good. I have never read a book like this, so it was very intriguing. I would definitely recommend it!

Nov 10, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I didn't expect to like this book. When I picked it up, it seemed short, and I assumed was going to be written with shock value being the main component of it.

It turned out to be incredibly sad, but really well done. Where I assumed she was going to write the stereotypical ending to the protagonists issues, Farizan surprised me by telling real, human responses to the worst kind of situations.

Very good first novel.

Jul 13, 2013
  • Sunflower19 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Note: I received an ARC copy at the BEA.
I enjoyed reading the book. I felt something for a couple of the characters. No matter what your sexual preference is I think this novel can hit home on a couple of levels with any reader!
Definitely eye opening.


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"Do I feel like I was born in the wrong body? I know how I feel when Nasrin walks in a room. I feel strong and weak. I feel proud and ashamed. I feel love for her and hate for myself. I want to be clean of my feelings for her because they are wrong." (page 105)


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