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Sahar has been in love with her best friend Nasrin since they were six years old. But it is dangerous to be homosexual in Iran. When it is announced that Nasrin will be married soon Sahar's life begins to crumble. But she doesn't want to give up her first love and Sahar thinks she has found the perfect solution. Loving another girl might be wrong, but being born in the wrong body is a mistake. A mistake that can be legally corrected.
I really enjoy Sara Farizan's writing. This is the second book of her's I read and I greatly enjoyed it.
Farizan is able to capture that feeling of first love, that all consuming and sometimes irrational feeling of love. I felt that fear and desperation that Sahar was going through. There were so many times that I wanted to cry with her and so many other times I wanted to shake her.
My heart ached for Sahar. She was such a wonderful complex character.
It was really interesting to see how homosexuality and being transgendered are viewed in Iran. Homosexuality is illegal and there are serious consequences. But if you are born in the wrong body it is more accepted and people have access to gender reassignment surgeries. Sahar was able to go to a support group of people that have had the surgeries. Suddenly this naive and impulse idea was starting to become a lot more serious.
I greatly enjoyed this story, the writing, and and characters. It wasn't a perfect read but it was extremely well done.
I give this book a B.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.