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10 June 2013

If You Could Be Mine

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan is the story of first love between two women... in Iran where they could be sentenced to death for it.

Sahar has been in love with her best friend Nasrin since they were six years old. They have promised each other to always be together. But now that they are becoming adults it is expected that they will each get married.

When Nasrin's family announces her engagement, Sahar tries to think of a way to stop the wedding. In Iran the only crime as heinous as homosexuality is adultery. They cannot continue to be together if Nasrin gets married.

When Sahar's cousin brings her to a party to try to cheer her up, she meets a woman who was born a man. There is no law against being transgendered - it is seen as fixing nature's mistake. If Sahar becomes a man, she can marry Nasrin...

Farizan has written an intense coming of age novel. The characters face a situation that every young LGBTQ person has to face, but in even more dire circumstances due to government and religion in their country.

Farizan, Sara. (2013). If You Could Be Mine. New York: Algonquin Young Readers.

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