Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Title: If You Could Be Mine
Author: Sara Farizan
Genre(s): YA, Romance
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 have been, 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?
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Simply beautiful and heartbreaking...

Sahar is smart, conservative, driven and broken after the death of her mother when she was younger. Nasrin is beautiful, talkative, flashy and suppressed by her culture. Both are different, but compliment each other beautifully and share a strong 

In Iran, to be the same sex and in love is deadly. Nasrin and Sahar are so madly in love, that even after Nasrin becomes engaged to be married, Sahar is desperate to find a way for them to be together. Any way possible.

The love of these two characters was so sweet and believable. I was intrigued by the culture and laws of Iran the entire way through the novel. It is so sad to read about a whole group of people who have to hide who they are or possibly die. I felt the way the two girls handled their situation was extremely true to life. One second they are passionately kissing, the next they are crying and the next they are angry. When you are in love and desperate, changing emotions like this is just uncontrollable. Sahar turns out to be so brave and strong and I truly admire her. I'm not going to give away the ending, but I think it ended the only way it could.
Loved it! Very simple with a great color combo (navy and pink look nice together). I also love how beautiful the hands are,....very womanly with small wrist. Holding hands was one of the few acceptable things Nasrin and Sahar could do in public without getting in trouble, so this picture of two girls holding hands and being pulled apart is perfect symbolism. Grade: A
I recommend this read to everyone because we can all use some education in acceptance and understanding.


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emaginette said...

We all need need acceptance, and understanding. Think of how wonderful the world would be. :-)

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