- Release Date : August 20th 2013
- Genre : Literary Fiction
- Publisher : Algonquin For Young Readers
- Pages : 256
Synopsis: 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.
If You Could Be Mine is not only the debut novel of Sarah Farizan but also the first YA release for Algonquin’s newest imprint, Algonquin BooksFor Young Readers.
Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend Nasarin most of her life and will do anything to be with her, but the romantic relationship between the two girls is forbidden by law. Sahar’s only chance to be with the one she loves is to have a government-approved sexual reassignment surgery to fix her “illness.”
Without context this might sound like speculative fiction, but this is the reality of modern day men and woman living in Iran. A little background; the act of homosexuality is illegal in Iran and even punishable by death, however the government will help pay for sexual reassignment surgery to cure their “illness”, but the lives of transsexuals is far from easy. …