If You Could be Mine

If You Could be Mine

3.74 (5,412 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?

Description

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?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 127 x 175.26 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • Algonquin Books (division of Workman)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1616204559
  • 9781616204556
  • 88,577

Review quote

"Farizan's prose is frank, funny and bittersweet, enjoyable - And her secondary storylines ring out memorably." - New York Times Book Review "[A] provocative coming-of-age story ... Throughout this strong debut, Farizan weaves in details of daily Iranian life ... Within a rigid societal structure, her fleshed-out characters wrestle with depression, hope, complacency, and risk." --Publishers Weeklyshow more

Back cover copy

This Forbidden Romance Could Cost Them Their Lives 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. So they carry on in secret until Nasrin's parents suddenly announce that they've arranged for her marriage. Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution: 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. Sahar will never be able to love Nasrin in the body she wants to be loved in without risking their lives, but is saving their love worth sacrificing her true self? "Sharp and moving." --"The Boston Globe" "Beautifully crafted . . . Offers timely insight into the struggles of those who must be their authentic selves no matter where they live." --"Ms. Magazine" "Accomplished and compassionate." --"Booklist, " starred reviewWinner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children's/Young Adult Winner of the Publishing Triangle's Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction One of Rolling Stone's 40 Best YA Novels A 2014 ALA Rainbow List Top 10 Titleshow more

Rating details

5,412 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 27% (1,453)
4 33% (1,812)
3 29% (1,587)
2 8% (422)
1 3% (138)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X