- If You Could Be Mine reveals is an LGBTQ story we haven’t seen Young Adult fiction before. It follows seventeen-year-old Sahar who has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. But 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 in just a few months. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, but Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively—and openly. Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution: sex reassignment surgery. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar must now decide just what lengths she’ll go to for true love.
- The book has been getting a ton of buzz, especially at BEA, and a lot of critical praise with Booklist calling it “Accomplished and compassionate…a groundbreaking, powerful depiction” and Kirkus praising it as “refreshingly and believably diverse…Each character and relationship is kindly and carefully drawn, from Sahar’s sad, shut-down Baba to reckless, twinkling Ali. A moving and elegant story of first love and family.”
- Author Sara Farizan, the daughter of Iranian immigrants, lives near Boston and is an MFA graduate of Lesley University and has a BA in film and media studies from American University. If You Could Be Mine is her first novel.
- You can watch her talk about the writing process here:
- Sara spent a lot of time researching before writing the book and took a long visit to Iran. You can read more about what it was like for her to write about Iran after growing up in Massachusetts here.