Mar 7, 2015

Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis


Fifteen-year-old Farrin has many secrets. Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, as the daughter of an aristocratic mother and wealthy father Farrin must keep a low profile. It is 1988; ever since the Shah was overthrown, the deeply conservative and religious government controls every facet of life in Iran. If the Revolutionary Guard finds out about her mother s Bring Back the Shah activities, her family could be thrown in jail or worse.
   The day she meets Sadira, Farrin s life changes forever. Sadira is funny, wise and outgoing; the two girls become inseparable. But as their friendship deepens into romance, the relationship takes a dangerous turn. It is against the law to be a homosexual in Iran; the punishment is death. Despite their efforts to keep their love secret, the girls are discovered and arrested. Separated from Sadira, Farrin can only pray as she awaits execution. Will her family find a way to save them both?
   Based on real-life events, multi-award-winning author Deborah Ellis s new book is a tense and riveting story about a world where homosexuality is considered so abhorrent that it is punishable by death. 


Someone on twitter told me I had to read this book, so I bought it.


Farrin can't let anyone come close, because her family has so many secrets. Her parents have asked her to keep away from her classmates for that reason. She goes to a school for gifted girls, but she's lonely. Her mother is still supporting the Shah while that's forbidden. The same goes for many of her activities and the food, drinks and other goods they have in their home. If someone ever finds out Farrin's family has to go to jail and they could even be executed.

Farrin tries to do as she's been told, but something changes when she meets Sadira. Sadira is bold, smart and not afraid to let people know what she thinks. Sadira becomes Farrins best friend. They spend most of their time together, but that isn't enough. The two girls soon find out that they love each other. They don't want to hide their true feelings even though they're taking a great risk doing that. They can be sentenced to death because of it.

Moon at Nine is an impressive story about two girls whose love is so strong that they want everyone around them to know. If it feels so right it must be good, but not everyone thinks the same way. Sadira and Farrin are in big trouble. I wanted them to be all right, but Moon at Nine is no fairytale, it's based on a true story. It's a beautiful tale though and I shed a lot of tears. Deborah Ellis has told this story in such a moving and delicate way, I think that's brilliant. I highly recommend this book to both teenagers and adults.

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