If You Could Be Mine

If You Could Be Mine

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A stunning debut that reveals one of the most hidden corners of Iranian culture . . .

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?

ISBN: 9781443425735
Branch Call Number: FIC Fariz
Characteristics: rda
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248 pages

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emilyc2017
Aug 26, 2017

This book sheds light on an often under reported and not talked about issue and that is the use of sex reassignment surgery and cross hormone therapy in Iran to "cure" gay and lesbians. I admire the courage of all LGBTQ people in Iran who despite the oppressive misogynist laws still manage to make a life for themselves.

Not a happy story, but a beautifully written one: humorous and self-aware while perfectly capturing the all-consuming fervor of first love, the willingness to do anything and everything to be with your beloved. Sahar's growth as a character involves more than her sexuality - it also required understanding and changing her relationship to her depressed father and the death of her mother.

rberardinelli Sep 06, 2016

I wanted to love this book, but the protagonist was irritating. I didn't understand why she was so in love with her friend, who wasn't very nice or warm or receptive.

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tamashiinouta
Aug 10, 2016

I liked this book, but wasn't crazy about it. It takes you through the motions of a teenager in love for the first time, everything you'd be willing to do to be with that person, (and more to the point being a lesbian in a country where it is literally a death sentence), being forced to let go, and at the same time deals with some strong political views about women in a country that is very patriarchal. The writing style is simple, much like a teenager, so it fits. But when you look beyond that it hides some very deep issues. My only problem is, even though at the end I felt bad for Nasrin, I still couldn't make myself like her, and hope that Sahar would definitely move on.

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QnVz
Jul 08, 2016

Very simplistic and explaining style of writing. Not my style of book but happy to see another varied story in the community.

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debowncrusher
Mar 29, 2016

I loved this book. One of the best lesbian teen love stories. Not too cliche, but just cliche enough to be sweet and sappy, but it still has an amazing edge that I loved. <3

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computergrease
Jan 05, 2016

This book was extremely realistic, and it made me cry a bit. The ending was perfect, I couldn't think of anything better suited for Sahar.

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BUNBUN1978
Nov 05, 2015

this was a really good book. It tells the story of two girls from Iran who are in love. In Iran being gay is a crime. The book is told from Sahar's point of view. When her best friend and secret girlfriend Nasrin is engaged to be married. Sahar is ready to do anything. even has sex reassignment surgery to become a man. this book was a good read. At time I could not see why Sahar was so into Nasrin . Nasrin seemed rather self centered to me.

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naguiar
Nov 01, 2015

Arrgh. So gorgeous, so sad. IYCBM invited me into a world about which I knew very, very little that was so fascinating. I had no idea what Iran was like, and though I could guess a vague shadow of their treatment of various lgbtqqiia+ ppl, the trans community surprised me in how that was seen as more acceptable to the culture. And then there were the tears. Beautifully written, engaging, and heart-wrenching.

mvkramer Aug 04, 2014

This book is an interesting look into life in a very different culture from our own. I enjoyed the character of Sahar, whose feelings for both Nasrin and her own depressed father were artfully depicted.

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olive_bird_01 Jul 22, 2015

In a country where their love is forbidden, the penalty is death.

olive_bird_01 Jul 22, 2015

In a country where their love is forbidden, the penalty is death.

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thisgrrlreads Nov 19, 2013

"Do I feel like I was born in the wrong body? I know how I feel when Nasrin walks in a room. I feel strong and weak. I feel proud and ashamed. I feel love for her and hate for myself. I want to be clean of my feelings for her because they are wrong." (page 105)

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