If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan is a compelling tale of two teenage lesbian lovers in Iran. The main character, Sahar, has always loved her best friend, Nasrin, but in Iran being gay/lesbian is strictly prohibited. Being gay/lesbian in Iran could even result in death. These two teenagers struggle to keep their love a secret, and trouble ensues when Nasrin’s parents arrange her marriage to a man. Sahar will do anything to be with Nasrin and she learns that while being lesbian in Iran is illegal, having a sex change in Iran is allowed. When Sahar learns the laws about sex changes her wheels start to turn; could she be with Nasrin if she became a man?
This novel was intriguing. It takes place on the opposite side of the world from where I live and it has an interesting and definitely accessible plot line. I liked this book because it brought some current-day issues to light. In If You Could Be Mine, the main character mentions that two men were found to be gay and then they were hung from cranes in the street. That description made me cringe at the social injustice some people have to live with. Although it’s less extreme here, I still find it amazing that the acceptance of LGBTs in the U.S. is low. I also like this book because it takes place in a country other than the U.S. It’s fun to feel like you’ve taken a big trip after reading one book, and this novel definitely has that transporting quality.
I recommend this novel to any reader looking for a book with a unique plot-line. I also recommend this novel to anyone who wants to take a journey through a novel. This book isn’t light and fluffy, but hopefully it will make you think about the justice and change that needs to be made in this world.
~Post by Erin
About the Book
Title: If You Could Be Mine
Author: Sara Farizan
Release Date: Aug 20, 2013