Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

Here to Stay

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 ...

Details Here to Stay

TitleHere to Stay
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherAlgonquin Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt, Realistic Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Here to Stay

  • Catie
    How could a book about racism, homophobia, and “The Age of Assholes” make me laugh SO MUCH? I still can’t fully articulate why, but this book was such a bright spot in my life last week. Amidst ever more depressing news stories, this book felt like spending time with a good friend – an unapologetically dorky, loyal, witty, and authentic friend who would probably let me pick the movie and would stay to help clean up afterwards.Bijan Majidi...
  • Joey Rambles
    You're going to read a lot of reviews soon about how incredibly relevant and timely this book is, which it is.But that's not the only thing that makes this book successful.I mean, it's certainly an important factor. We need more diverse books. The books we read, especially as kids, help build the context in which we view the world. Diverse books help us understand the problems of lives we will never live out, as well as give minorities a chance ...
  • Kristel
    I was going to live my life. I was going to spend time with people who cared about me and whom I cared about. I was going to be comfortable in my own skin even when some people wanted to make that impossible for me.Important, frustrating, emotional, and funny! I didn't get much of the sport's terminology, but I still was on edge when they were playing.PLOT ----The story follows Bijan’s life in high school; he’s part of the basketball team, is...
  • Mckinlay
    *i received an ARC of this book from edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*This book basically solidified Farizan as an autobuy author for me. Bijan is a sweet, brave, loving, loyal protagonist. The romances were adorable. I was invested in so many of the characters! The friendships were amazing. And on top of all that, the way this book tackles Islamophobia and racism is relatable in a way most books aren’t. AND it’s ...
  • Karen Reed
    My 14 and 12 year old read this book extremely quickly and both said they really liked it. After finally picking it up myself I can see why. Even though I'm not as big a basketball fan as my boys , I found myself reading this quickly , not wanting to put it down, and wondering what was going to happen next. The pace of the book is excellent. Also, the author does a great job developing the voice of the main male character, Bijan. The way that he ...
  • Michelle Arredondo
    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. H...
  • Renata
    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 sp...
  • I.
    Short, sweet, and very needed.
  • Maggie Tokuda-Hall
    This book has a pure heart and I'd love it for that alone if I didn't also love Bijan so much.
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)Here to Stay hits you from the first paragraphs about how people of color don't get happy endings in stories like everyone else. I mean, come on. Why do you have to hit my emotions like that from the beginning Farizan? And the rest of the book goes on just like this - being all thought provoking and wonderful. Seriously timely,...
  • Claudia Silk
    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...
  • A.R. Hellbender
    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 ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    ARC provided by Young Adult Books CentralBijan Majidi does okay in high school-- he has a good friend, Sean, is on the basketball team, and while he might be a little clueless about girls, he hopes that things will improve. After doing well enough on the basketball court to be moved to the varsity team, he hopes that he will catch the attention of his crush, Elle. Instead, after his victory on the court and a stint helping Stephanie Bergner gathe...
  • Rachel
    Bijan Majidi is an up and coming basketball star, just recently added to the varsity team at Granger. But not everyone is thrilled about the change. Some of his teammates aren’t so happy to have him on the team, and when a petition to change the school mascot from the Gunners to something less divisive gets headed, Bijan becomes a target. An anonymous email featuring a photoshopped image of Bijan holding a gun reveals some deep-seated intoleran...
  • Myron Brown
    Bijan just shot the winning basket during the playoffs. However, he didn’t expect to be the subject of an email which went viral which depicted him as a terrorist. Here to Stay covers a lot of ground over the course of its pages. While the main storyline is about how Bijan confronts the Islamophobia of his classmates, there are also plot threads involving romance, cyberbullying, high school cliques, and team building. Farizan does a great job w...
  • Hannah Ens
    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 appre...
  • Mackenzie
    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...
  • Carrie Shaurette
    There is a stronger basketball book out there this year (I'm looking at you After the Shot Drops,) but this one is still really solid. Bijan adds a new voice to YA lit as an American teen with Arab heritage that has to deal with being labeled a terrorist by bigoted classmates. The biggest strength here is the way he, as narrator, guides the reader through the pain inflicted on him by each microaggression, often intended as a joke. I also enjoyed ...
  • Laura
    While Here to Stay was a bit basketball heavy for my liking, the novel is an authentic portrayal of the struggles of many minority students in our country. When Bijan is attacked by a cyberbully, he wants to pretend it didn't happen. But when they bullying moves from online to IRL, he must decide how to fight back. Hand this book to athletes who will appreciate the team bond and mentality and who will enjoy the basketball descriptions and comment...
  • Allison
    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 b...
  • Emily
    3.5 starsARC provided by Algonquin via B&T ARC programGreat 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!
  • Melissa
    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.
  • Trisha
    My long review is up at my blog Trish Talks Texts.I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks to publisher and Netgalley for advanced copy. Out this week.
  • Sam Glasbrenner
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it!
  • Cody Roecker
    Love love loved this and think while being culturally relevant it is also such a hilarious book that tackles such important heavy topics and I loved it