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If You Could be Mine: A Novel

Title

If You Could be Mine: A Novel

Authors

Sara Farizan

Publisher

Algonquin

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9781616202514

Pages

248 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL670L

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Single parent; Family member death; Homosexuality; single father; death of a mother; same-sex relationship; lesbian; lesbian teenagers

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Iranian

Family Formation

single father

LGBTQ+

lesbian females

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2013, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
Lambda Literary Award, 2014, Winner, LGBT Children's/Young Adult
Best of the Best Books, 2013 Fiction
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2013
Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth, 2013 First Novels
Choices, 2014 Fiction Young Adult
Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books, 2009 GLBTQ Children and Teens: Fiction
Rainbow List, 2014 Teen Fiction
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014 Fiction

Keywords

friendship; Iran; best friends; love; arranged marriage; forbidden romance; sex reassignment; oppression

Diversity Impact

direct

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