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Here to Stay
Here to Stay | Sara Farizan
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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 he's called off the basketball team's 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 isn't so easily erased. Though many of his classmates rally behind Bijan, some don't want him or his type to be a part of their school. And Bijan's finding out it's not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends . . .
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skrishna
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HERE TO STAY features high school student Bijan, who becomes an overnight basketball star for his school team. But with that increased attention also comes resentment, and for a kid that looks like Bijan, it means terrible racism. But don‘t let that make you think this book is heavy or difficult. Farizan tells a charming and funny story in this novel, making it clear that Bijan is just a teenager trying to make his way in the world.

rachelsbrittain I loved this one 11mo
skrishna @rachelsbrittain I wish it had been more widely read when it came out!! I didn't hear much about it. 11mo
rachelsbrittain @skrishna I agree-- it really didn't get the hype it deserved 11mo
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Bkwrm7
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Despite being emphatically not a sports person, I love novels with sports. Was using up my hoopla credits at the end of last month and prepping for a week of vacation so grabbed this one which has been highly recommended to me. I'm enjoying it so far, but between this and We Regret to Inform You, I seem to be on a private school kick with my ya reads!

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jpmcwisemorgan
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kelseynicburke I support that! When I was in University, there was always a puppy room during exam week. You just went to this room and there‘s puppies everywhere and you could stay as long as you wanted. Probably my favourite thing about university 🐶 14mo
jpmcwisemorgan @kelseynicburke That sounds like such a wonderful idea! 14mo
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LitSidekick
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I remember Sara talking about bread juice and saying not to steal it, because she was going to use it in a story one day. Glad that one day came. (Also, this book is really good. And I‘m not saying that because I‘m biased.)
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rachelsbrittain
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So many great releases today! I can't wait to get my hands on Wildcard and Pride. Unclaimed Baggage is a cute one, and if you like contemporary YA confronting tough but important topics (racism, prejudice, bullying, etc) I highly, highly recommend Here To Stay.

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Missusb
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I received an advanced copy from #Netgalley and just posted my review to my blog. https://trishtalkstexts.wordpress.com/2018/09/16/review-here-to-stay-by-sara-far... it deals with issues of racism, friendship and basketball. It‘s is thoughtful and ultimately positive and hopeful. #blogging #review comes out this week. #trishtalkstexts

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Missusb
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rachelsbrittain
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Love love loved this book about bullying and racism and just trying to survive being a teenager. It really captures the spectrum of what teens can be, from terrible bullies to incredible agents for change. The characters are so relatable. Heartfelt, moving, and very real. Seems like a book we need right about now.

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rachelsbrittain
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Waiting for Pentatonix to start 😄

swishandflick Fun!! 1y
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Liberty
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HOUR 15! This is next up for me in the @24in48 #readathon! ☺️♥️📚

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Kaylamburson
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I enjoyed this quick YA. Bijan always flew under the radar until he proves himself worthy of the varsity basketball team and jealousy and bigotry has an anonymous cyber-bully send a picture to the entire school of him photoshopped to look like a terrorist.

Like all of Farizan‘s novels, this focuses on difficult subjects like Islamaphobia and LGBTQ rights. The basketball story & references will appeal to boys & girls equally.

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Kelly
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I love Sara's books so am damn excited to start this one.

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