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Mommy's Reading Break

I'll read almost anything if it sounds good, but I tend to read mostly YA, and a lot of those are paranormal or dystopian. I have started to branch out into more contemporary lately.

Currently reading

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Jim Dale, J.K. Rowling
Eat, Brains, Love
Jeff Hart
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Kevin Collins
If You Could Be Mine: A Novel - Sara Farizan This book was received from the publisher for review via Netgalley.I first learned about If You Could Be Mine while browsing Netgalley a few months ago. I thought it sounded interesting, so I requested it. And I’ve seen it around a bit more recently since the release date is quickly approaching. I don’t typically seek out books that take place in other countries or have LGBT themes, but I thought I’d give it a chance.In the opening scene of If You Could Be Mine, we see a 6-year-old Sahar falling in love with her best friend, Nasrin, and deciding she wants to marry her. She tells her mother, who tells her to keep this to herself. They live in Iran, where it’s illegal to be a homosexual. Of course, at the beginning Sahar doesn’t consider herself gay; she just happens to be in love with her best friend, who is also a female.Similarly to when I read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini last summer, I found If You Could Be Mine to be an interesting, though heartbreaking, look into a different culture. You always hear rumors of how strict the Middle East is, but seeing actual examples of it, even in such things as a woman’s hair or elbows showing, or what they are and aren’t allowed to see and hear in movies and music, was surprising to me. I was impressed, however, with their progressiveness in regards to transgendered people. I’ve heard a lot of controversy and doubts over whether this is a true condition in our society, so I really respected the fact that the Iranian government not only recognizes it but helps to pay for the sexual reassignment surgery.I think where I struggled the most with If You Could Be Mine was in the characters. I found Nasrin to be spoiled, selfish, and just irritating. And because i found Nasrin to be so unlikable, Sahar’s obsession with her frustrated me. I mean, this is a 17-year-old girl seriously considering undergoing sex reassignment surgery, not because she’s transgendered, but because she believes it is the only way to stop the girl she loves from marrying someone else. It really was heartbreaking, but also frustrating. Sometimes I just wanted to smack Sahar and tell her to wake up, that Nasrin wasn’t worth it.Overall, I enjoyed reading If You Could Be Mine. I found it interesting to learn a little more about the Iranian culture, even if it was a bit heartbreaking in the process. I wouldn’t say that it was life-changing for me, but it was definitely worth a read.This review was originally posted on my blog, here