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“Farizan exceeds the high expectations she set with her debut, If You Could Be Mine, in this fresh, humorous, and poignant exploration of friendship and love, a welcome addition to the coming-out/coming-of-age genre.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is a relief. As an Iranian-American, she’s different enough; if word got out that Leila liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when beautiful new girl Saskia shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would. As she carefully confides in trusted friends about Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila begins to figure out that all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and some are keeping surprising secrets of their own.

“Farizan fashions an empowering romance featuring a lovable, awkward protagonist who just needs a little nudge of confidence to totally claim her multifaceted identity.” —Booklist, starred review

“A David Levithan–style romance in which a character’s sexual identity is neither problematic nor in question, and coming out is just one of many obstacles affecting the course of true love.” —The Horn Book Magazine

“Funny, heartwarming and wise.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Leila’s coming out to her friends and family and her fear of disappointing her parents will resonate with all young adults.” —School Library Journal

• A 2015 ALA Top Ten Rainbow List Title
• A 2015 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers


Young Adult
October 7
Algonquin Books
Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
Grades 9-12

Customer Reviews

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Great story

This was a beautiful story that allowed me fall back to my own first crush! Loved how the story progressed.

bi the way ,

realistic, powerful, and sweet

Reading about Leila's experience and coming out story was truly powerful. Mostly because coming out when your family is from a conservative background in which religion is a big part of their previous country can be scary and sometimes traumatizing. It's so nice to read a story in which these worries and possible outcomes realistically are brought up by the protagonist. I love a story where our hero/teen/etc can overcome these fears and work their way around them. Personally, I identify with Leila extensively from her easy connection to her teacher, to her doubts, and to her relationship with her parents.

Without actually spoiling it, I just want to say this book brought me laughter and tears. However, the emotions I experienced because of it made it worth it.

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