Allison: Waiting on Wednesday: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

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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.

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?

Release Date: August 20th, 2013 (Algonquin Books)

Why am I looking forward to If You Could Be Mine?

I’ve never read anything that has sounded like this before. I feel like it could hit on so many different aspects of things that I’ve studied and/or been interested in. It sounds like it could be filled with so much potential!

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So, what are you waiting for this week?
Let me know in the comments!

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Allison is 27 years old. She is always looking for new books, good music, quality/epic adventures, and a normal sleep schedule. She currently works with the elderly.


  1. WOW! This sounds VERY good! It’s going on my TBR list! Great share! Happy reading. Waiting on Weds @Libby Blog

  2. This is definitely a different read for me. Will check it out.

  3. This is definitely one I’m interested in checking out just because it sounds so different. I like comfort reads but I also like trying something new.

  4. Oh! I saw this one around! It sounded pretty interesting, but in the end it didn’t fully grab my attention enough to request it.

    I can’t wait to see the first reviews though.

  5. Wow I did not know about this book until now, so thanks! Here is what I am waiting on this Wednesday

  6. I’ve read about this book a few places and it sounds so interesting. For some reason I’ve always been fascinated by Iran. I went with This is What Happy Looks Like this week:

  7. Oh WOW. This book sounds like it’s going to be intense and thought-provoking, and I’m curious to find out how it all plays out in the end.

  8. I have never seen nor heard of this book! Interesting! I loved reading books that deal with cultures other than the norm here in the U.S. I think this is a fabulous choice! 🙂

    Here is my WoW pick!

  9. This does sound like a totally unique concept. And so interesting the views on homosexuality v. gender reassignment.

    My WoW “Waiting On” Wednesday (#2) Isla and the Happily Ever After
    LisaILJ @ I’ll Tumble for YA

  10. Wow, what a fascinating premise! I hadn’t heard of this until now, but I’m so curious about this story, especially given all the horrible news coming out of Iran over the last few years. I feel like I’m continually stunned by stories of intolerance and violence, especially towards women. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, I definitely want to check this one out.