If You Could Be Mine
- 01 Nov 2014
- 272 pages - 178 x 127 x 15mm
Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love--Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light. So they carry on in secret--until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they had before, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively--and openly.
Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants in the body she wants to be loved in without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?
“[A] heartbreaker of a story…Told in a fairly straightforward style, the relation of the anguish of threatened love is very real, and speaks to experiences largely untouched upon in books for young adults.” – The Guardian
“Farizan’s prose is frank, funny and bittersweet, enjoyable…And her secondary storylines ring out memorably.” - New York Times Book Review