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Thursday, April 10, 2014

An LGBTQ YA novel

If You Could Be Mine
If You Could Be Mine

By: Sara Farizan

Genre: YA - LGBTQ

Pages: 247

Published: 2013

Audiobook: 5 CD's (5 hours 25 mins)

Read: April

2 out of 5

After listening to this novel, I realized that I love listening to multicultural novels. Having a narrator with an authentic voice definitely enhances and brings the story to life.  The audio was the only redeeming quality of this story; it was too far-fetched and unbelievable.  The storyline had potential, but it fell flat - protagonist was too naïve (yes, even for 17) and unlikable. Farizan could have redeemed herself even after the climax, but I felt the story just rushed to the end. The controversial issue of sex reassignment should not have been handled so light-heartedly and, in my opinion, carelessly.  Farizan’s purpose may have been to approach a serious topic with a fun undertone; then she should have made the characters likeable and not quite so naïve. These two important, yet failed, aspects did not flow well together.

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