For most of high school, Bijan Majidi has flown under the radar. He gets good grades, reads comics, hangs out with his best friend, Sean, and secretly crushes on Elle, one of the most popular girls in his school. When hes called off the basketball teams varsity bench and makes the winning basket in a playoff game, everything changes in an instant.But not everyone is happy that Bijan is the man of the hour: an anonymous cyberbully sends the entire school a picture of Bijan photoshopped to look like a terrorist. His mother is horrified, and the school administration is outraged. They promise to find and punish the culprit. All Bijan wants is to pretend it never happened and move on, but the incident isnt so easily erased. Though many of his classmates rally behind Bijan, some dont want him or his type to be a part of their school. And Bijans finding out its not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends . . ....
|Title||:||Here to Stay|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Here to Stay Reviews
This book has a pure heart and I'd love it for that alone if I didn't also love Bijan so much.
Such serious topics...and yet I was laughing throughout the pages. Here to Stay...aaaah, it pulls at your heart strings.
You will fall in love with Bijan. You will fall in love and in frustration and back in love with the entire story. So much emotion. You can't be invisible to adversity if you are someone that comes from a different culture than everyone else around you. Bijan faces that adversity. It's powerful....witty.... warm...and moving.
Thanks to goodreads and to Algonq ...more
This is such a good story with the hard hitting relevance of The Hate U Give and Dear Martin (no one gets shot, but it still revolves around getting justice for a hate crime, and there are so many great quotes about what life can be like for people of color).
There is so much diversity in this book as well. Not only is Bijan half Persian and half Arab, but his best friend is Japanese (and has 2 moms), the love interest is black (and so is another friend of his), and 2 other significant characters ...more
A heart warming, heart wrenching and funny young adult novel. Bijan is a prep school student in 11th grade who has flown under the radar of the cool kids until he is pulled up from jv basketball to varsity and scores the winning basket. Suddenly Bijan is thrown into the spotlight and not all of the attention is good because he is of Middle Eastern descent in a predominately white school. This book will make you think, will make you laugh and will make you sorry when it is over.
Seems I'm in the minority on this one. First of all: we need more YA books featuring diverse protagonists. For a really strong read, see I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez or Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork or The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez or Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myers.
The premise of this is rife with potential. Bijan is a 6 foot 8 or so Jordanian American teen who gets a shot to play on his private school's varsity basketball ...more
This was an enjoyable read! The author has a good writing style that makes the characters seem alive and realistic. They deal with angst and emotions, but the angst and emotions don't over-power the plot. On a whole, the book is upbeat and clearly gives the message of tolerance of different people's ideas.
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Ms. Farizan is careful when approaching religion. From what I gathered from the book, she leaned towards Islam, although I am unsure if she is a practicing Muslim herself ...more
Admittedly, it took me awhile to get into this book. I had trouble with so many characters whose names began with E and had four letters, but once I got that squared away in my head, I fell in love with this book. So many issues are here that could be tied into the real world- changing of mascots and the dismantling monuments, bullying and cyber bullying, and most importantly for me, the difficulty of being a person of color in a homogenous community and having to represent an entire people. Far ...more
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars
ARC received through giveaway. Thank you to Goodreads and Algonquin publishing for the chance to read and review.
(I absolutely am not talented at writing reviews especially when they're positive 😬 but I tried!)
I absolutely loved Bijan and his voice; he made for a compelling, believable, and entertaining narrator. I wish the side characters had been a little more fleshed out (Bijan himself admits to neglecting his best friend,) because what we do get of them is delightfu ...more