If You Could Be Mine by Sara FarizanIf You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

If You Could Be Mine

bySara Farizan

Hardcover | August 20, 2013

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A stunning debut that reveals one of the most hiddencorners of Iranian culture

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 beloved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?

SARA FARIZAN lives near Boston, Massachusetts. She is an MFA graduate of Lesley University and holds a BA in film and media studies from American University. This is her first novel.
Title:If You Could Be MineFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:August 20, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443425729

ISBN - 13:9781443425728

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good, but slightly disappointing I enjoyed reading this and thought the story was interesting, but I expected more. The main characters weren't as relatable as they should have been, and the writing was a bit cheesy at times (I'm incredibly cheesy, so coming from me, it means something!). It's still worth reading if the themes interest you. It's emotional and funny. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I enjoyed this book. Good storyline, kept me reading
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it a lot! I bought this book a week ago and I very much enjoyed reading it. I felt like this book hit too close to home for me which made me emotional but I really enjoyed it and I definitely do recommend this book to anyone who may be interested.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! A wonderful lgbt story. It made me laugh and cry. I read it so fast and I wish it could have been longer.
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So fantastic!! I honestly thought this would be a typical "girl tries to find herself" story. But it was so much more! It is just an amazing book that will reach so many people in many different stages in life!
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Debut Novel... Sahar is only seventeen-years-old but is in love with her best friend, Nasrin. They’ve played together since they were young children and, Sahar knew, even at the age of six that she loved her. In Iran where they live, homosexuality is strictly forbidden and the punishment for this crime is execution, imprisonment, or beatings. However, they have a law that states: “to be a man trapped in woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake and sex reassignment surgery is legal and accessible.” Sahar realizes that as a man she could then marry, Narin. She would be free to love her in public. Will Sahar go through with this crazy scheme? Is this really worth sacrificing her true self worth? IF YOU COULD BE MINE was written with taste. There were no explicit or overly dramatic or detailed paragraphs at all. The story was interesting and made for a great debut novel.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A unique and diverse read Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. But this is no standard love story. They live in Iran where homosexuality is strictly forbidden. I think there is an opportunity for this book to be a huge eye opener. We hear about the gay rights movement all the time in North America and I stand proudly behind it. But when you read about people who are actually risking their lives to be together and who have such little freedom when it comes to marriage/relationships, it really puts things in perspective. If You Could Be Mine has an important message of finding yourself and not completely losing yourself in another person. When Nasrin announces she’s engaged (to a man) Sahar makes the radical decision to undergo sex reassignment surgery so that she will legally be able to be with her. Talk about making a decision for all the wrong reasons. If You Could Be Mine does an excellent job examining the lives of transsexual/transgendered peopled in Iran. In fact there was more on sex reassignment than there was on homosexuality, which I wasn’t expecting. I think Sara Farizan does an excellent job showcasing the process and challenges of sex reassignment surgery – the therapy, the hormones, the doctors appointments. She also shows that it is not a simple or an easy choice, it’s not a switch you can flip on and off and most importantly it’s not a mental illness. I feel like I’m rambling a bit but honestly this book does an excellent job being honest and respectful about a procedure that isn’t talked about all that often. My one complaint is that this book feels a bit short. Everything happens very quickly. There isn’t a lot of time spent on the setting, so even though it is Iran and there are cultural distinctions, I never felt completely immersed. I also think more time could have been spent on character development. I really didn’t like Nasrin for most of the novel, yet she was so special to Sahar. I think more time could have been spent on the nuances of their relationship for us to really feel Sahar’s heart-break. That all being said, this is a début novel. It’s still very strongly written and Farizan is clearly very talented. I expect that her books will continue to get better and better the more she writes! Recommendation: If You Could Be Mine is one of those unique, diverse books which the market so desperately needs. It’s a touching and heart wrenching story of love and self discovery which will leave breathless. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-08-25

Editorial Reviews

"A heartbreakingly beautiful story of first love. . . . The reader becomes part of Sahar and Nasrin's journey. We move through it with them with our heart in our hands."-JACQUELINE WOODSON, AUTHOR OF BENEATH A METH MOON

"A book full to bursting with aching, haunting, beautiful questions." -CHRIS LYNCH, AUTHOR OF INEXCUSABLE