This month, I read IF YOU COULD BE MINE by Sara Farizan.
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. So they carry on in secret until Nasrin’s parents suddenly announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution: 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. Sahar will never be able to love Nasrin in the body she wants to be loved in without risking their lives, but is saving their love worth sacrificing her true self?
This story is full of bittersweet love, heartbreak, and some fascinating insights into life in Iran and the LGBTQ community there. It's incomprehensible to think that loving who you love might be enough to get you executed. I felt so much for Sahar, with all her impossible choices.