Here to Stay

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 happ For most of high school, Bijan Majidi has flown under the radar. He gets good grades, reads comics, hangs out wit...

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Title:Here to Stay
Author:Sara Farizan
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1616207000
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Here to Stay Reviews

  • Renata
    Sep 24, 2018
    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-)...
  • Claudia Silk
    Jun 18, 2018
    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 n...
  • Kelly
    Jun 08, 2018
    Bijan is, to put it loosely, kind of a dork. And he's really confident in being that. He loves basketball and is a JV on his private school's team. But when he's subbed in during a big game and makes the game-clinching shot, he finds himself suddenly elbow to elbow with a crew of cool ...
  • Chalida
    Dec 10, 2018
    Admittedly, it took me awhile to get into this book. I had trouble with so many characters whose names began with E and had four letters, but once I got that squared away in my head, I fell in love with this book. So many issues are here that could be tied into the real world- changing...
  • Nina
    Oct 09, 2018
    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! Th...
  • Catie
    Jul 01, 2018
    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 frien...
  • Myron Brown
    Aug 27, 2018
    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 ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jul 11, 2018
    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Bijan 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 move...
  • McKinlay Dennis
    Sep 14, 2018
    *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 th...
  • Rachel
    Jul 27, 2018
    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 some...
  • Mandy
    Sep 17, 2018
    Read my full review on Forever Young Adult. ...
  • Hannah Ens
    Sep 15, 2018
    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 certa...
  • Laura
    Sep 18, 2018
    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 ...
  • USOM
    Aug 22, 2018
    (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...
  • Natalie
    Nov 11, 2018
    Leaving off a rating because this wasn't exactly my thing but it's really thoughtful and smart and if I was a school/teen librarian, I would be shoving this into teenagers' hands as fast as I could. ...
  • Kristel
    Sep 11, 2018
    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 ...
  • Karen Reed
    Aug 01, 2018
    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...
  • A.R. Hellbender
    Jun 07, 2018
    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 divers...
  • Maggie Tokuda-Hall
    Jul 27, 2018
    This book has a pure heart and I'd love it for that alone if I didn't also love Bijan so much. ...
  • Ian
    Oct 20, 2018
    Seems I'm in the minority on this one. First of all: we need more YA books featuring diverse protagonists. For a really strong read, see I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez or Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork or The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristi...
  • Michelle Arredondo
    Sep 23, 2018
    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 adv...
  • Marjo
    Oct 22, 2018
    i finished it and i have concluded that i want to marry bijan. hes such a kind, soft boy and he deserves better than all the racist crap he deals with in this book. but in all seriousness, i really liked this a lot. i enjoyed the characters and their relationships felt so real. i ad...
  • Belle Ellrich
    Oct 09, 2018
    *I WAS SENT A PHYSICAL COPY IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW BY THE PUBLISHER. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY HONEST REVIEW* Here to Stay really changed my perspective on my everyday school life, and even aspects in my public life. Sara Farizan has to be another new favorite author, as this...
  • Britta Lundin
    Oct 03, 2018
    Powerful storytelling, and still funny. This book made me take notes. ...
  • Diane Magras
    Oct 04, 2018
    At the start of this magnificent new YA, Bijan Majidi saves his high school's basketball team through incredible playing. That rockets him into semi-stardom, but attracts the ire of some players who don't want people of his ethnicity around, no matter how well he plays. Bijan isn't eve...
  • Brianne Honda
    Nov 05, 2018
    When Bijan Majidi gets pulled up to the varsity basketball team at Granger, he?s stoked to continue playing a game he loves while also getting a shot at popularity for the first time in his high school career. Unfortunately, the varsity squad isn?t all that supportive of gaining a ...
  • I.
    Sep 08, 2018
    Short, sweet, and very needed. Full Review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com... ...
  • Joey Rambles
    Sep 18, 2018
    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 ...
  • Nadia Elena
    Oct 09, 2018
    Here to Stay Bijan is an awkward, dorky, basketball loving kid who?s Iranian descent is only part of his identity. He attends a prep school in Boston and is like any other high school boy. Despite his love for basketball and his involvement in the team, he is benched nearly every ...
  • Jeanette
    Nov 13, 2018
    This was an enjoyable read! The author has a good writing style that makes the characters seem alive and realistic. They deal with angst and emotions, but the angst and emotions don't over-power the plot. On a whole, the book is upbeat and clearly gives the message of tolerance of diff...