I wish I'd known this was based on a true story going in. I might have felt less judgy about the protagonist, Farrin. Honestly, I didn't like her much, or anyone but her love interest, who read as overly perfect. But if I knew...what I don't want to spoil for you, I might have given them all a pass. Part of what made me less crazy about the book than I would have liked to is that it reads a little young. Farrin is fifteen at the time of the novel, so maybe a tween audience is what the author and publisher have in mind.
Oh, but anyway, what it's about--a girl coming of age in revolutionary (read: repressive) Iran. Her rich parents are jerks, and only one of them even seems to love her. Pretty much everyone in Farrin's life is a jerk, which might explain her single-minded devotion to her beloved.
I think the author was trying to do a good thing for the real-life Farrin by telling her story, and maybe she did. Still, I wish that Farrin herself had told it herself.
Regardless, beautiful cover, right?
fyi I joined Net Galley to read and review forthcoming publications, and that's where I got this title (via pdf, which I read on my tablet).