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
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.
Really enjoyed Bijan and his friends. And even though I don't usually like sports books, that's obviously not the main theme in this one. I liked the announcers in Bijan's head even if it didn't really add much to the story. I'm not in review mode right now, but I did like this one! That's all!
This book does a good job of portraying how one person shouldn't be held up as the poster child for their race/gender/etc. Bijan's love of basketball defines his character, especially as he refuses to quit the sport he loves though he faces aggression and outright harassment from certain teammates that the coach refuses to deal with in an official capacity, since he's more concerned with winning than worrying about his players' character. I appreciated how this book didn't have one central villa ...more
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Great story! I did wish for a bit more character development in several places, so that characters' actions felt more believable. This is an important story, and I love how basketball is woven into the story line. This will hopefully help a wider audience pick up this book!
This is a story that is happening in schools all over the country. Until our students start to recognize the overt racist comments and behaviors they have, our country will not change. Books like this help students see into the lives of those who are different from themselves and hopefully build more empathy for those around them.
This was a really well done portrait of what racism and bullying can look like in a high school. Bijan just wants to fit in at his mostly white, mostly upper class high school. He has a love interest and has a best friend and basically wants everyone to forget that his parents are Iranian and Jordanian. But someone at his school circulates a really awful picture, and all of a sudden he is, in his words "a poster child for bullied children."
This book, thank God, transcended being an after school ...more
This is a really refreshing, nuanced story! I loove Bijan as a character/narrator, he's such a funny and self-aware kid. I liked seeing him excel at basketball and yet navigate the difficult terrain of "popularity" combined with an array of race/religion/class-based micro- (and macro-) aggressions. But also, it's funny! A great pick for fans of contemporary realistic YAs in general but also, I think sporty enough to hand to teens who just want sports books! (Which is tricky because there aren't ...more
Short, sweet, and very needed.