Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Book Review: If You Could Be Mine

Title If You Could Be Mine

Author Sara Farizan

Release Date August 20, 2013

In this stunning debut, a young Iranian American writer pulls back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about 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 be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?

While the book is set in Iran, I believe it will be easy to see yourself in Sahar's struggles of love, acceptance, powerlessness, and sexual identity. The characters are likeable, real, flawed, and definitely relatable. The writing was good and I liked the story a lot. Overall, I enjoyed If You Could Be Mine.

A quick and emotional read, If You Could Be Mine is one of the best GLBT books I've read in a while. If you're interested in a different culture, GLBT rights, or just want a good novel to read, I'd recommend this one.


4 out of 5

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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