Today, I'm reading a book which I specifically requested about a month ago - If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan.
This is a touching, provocative book about two girls who fall in love in Iran, and the lengths they will go to in order to be with one another.
Published August 20th 2013 by Alqonquin Young Readers (first published July 1st 2013)
Format read: Finished copy, courtesy of publisher
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?
E.g. I learned over the course of my research, that sexual reassignment surgery is actually very prevalent in Iran, and Iran performs the largest number of sexual reassignment surgeries in the world, outside of Thailand. So as a result, Sara's premise for Nasrin and Sahar is completely feasible.
I've only started reading this book, but I'm looking forward to the experience and I can't wait to share with all of you.