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If You Could Be Mine

Unabridged   5.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/20/2013

A YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adult Selection

If You Could Be Mine

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622312252
Digital Download ISBN:9781622312269


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.

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Product Description

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?


“Farsad uses crisply clipped syllables and a rolling musicality to evoke the accent of Tehran. This is a moving presentation of a powerful story.”

“A winning, timely, and important audio production.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“Listeners will gain insight into life as a gay young woman in an unaccepting world, and Sahar’s desperation to be with the one she loves is a story with which all can empathize.”
      —Library Journal

“A beautiful, compassionate, must-read novel.”

“[A] terrific debut novel. . . . Rich with details of life in contemporary Iran, this is a GLBTQ story that we haven’t seen before in YA fiction. Highly recommended.”
      —School Library Journal

“Refreshingly and believably diverse. . . . Each character and relationship is kindly and carefully drawn. . . . A moving and elegant story of first love and family.”
     —Kirkus 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

Author Bio

SARA FARIZAN, the daughter of Iranian immigrants, 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.

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