Here to Stay

Here to Stay

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For most of high school, Bijan Majidi has flown under the radar. He gets good grades, reads comics, hangs out with his best friend, Sean, and secretly crushes on Elle, one of the most popular girls in his school. When he's called off the basketball team's varsity bench and makes the winning basket in a playoff game, everything changes in an instant.

But not everyone is happy that Bijan is the man of the hour: an anonymous cyberbully sends the entire school a picture of Bijan photoshopped to look like a terrorist. His mother is horrified, and the school administration is outraged. They promise to find and punish the culprit. All Bijan wants is to pretend it never happened and move on, but the incident isn't so easily erased. Though many of his classmates rally behind Bijan, some don't want him or his type to be a part of their school. And Bijan's finding out it's not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 127 x 178 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1616207000
  • 9781616207007
  • 928,797

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I had it in my head that if I became popular, every day would feel like my birthday. I'd have no trouble talking to girls. I'd be admired by my peers. I did not think everything would turn to crap salad in a bucket.

In all the movies, the popular kid who ascends from dorkdom has their day in the sun, and then it's smooth sailing. Marty McFly gets the truck. Daniel LaRusso gets to crane-kick Johnny. But my name isn't Marty or Daniel.

My name is Bijan, and the world won't let me be the hero in my own damn life.
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Review quote

A Booklist Top 10 Sports Book for Youth, 2018

"A powerful YA novel about identity and prejudice."
--Entertainment Weekly

"With humor, power, smarts, and honesty, Farizan has written a conversation-starter."
--The Boston Globe

"Here to Stay tackles serious, timely issues with grace, humor, and urgency--as the best YA novels do."

"The novel effortlessly tackles several important societal issues, keeping them in the foreground without detracting from the main focus: Bijan's entertaining internal color commentary that reveals his thought processes. The resulting is an engaging page-turner. Powerful."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Islamophobia, racism, homo- and heterosexuality, toxic masculinity, offensive sports mascots, activism, friendship, immigration, school politics, gun rights, and a splash of Iranian history make this about a lot more than high-school sports."

"Farizan portrays the richness and warmth of the Persian culture of Bijan's proud mother. A touching subplot explores the romance and high school politics of a budding lesbian relationship. Recommended for all high school collections."
--School Library Journal

"Here to Stay is refreshingly frank, revealing the unsettling truth that the very social stigmas we pretend we have conquered still exist."
--The Salisbury Post
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About Sara Farizan

Sara Farizan, the daughter of Iranian immigrants, lives near Boston. She is the award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel. She is an MFA graduate of Lesley University and holds a BA in film and media studies from American University. Here to Stay is her third novel.
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Rating details

1,186 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 31% (365)
4 47% (557)
3 19% (223)
2 3% (34)
1 1% (7)
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