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Zahra's Paradise

Zahra's Paradise
By Amir and Khalid
First Second, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:

Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has vanished into an extrajudicial twilight zone. What’s keeping his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of his mother, who refuses to surrender her son to fate, and the tenacity of his brother, a blogger, who fuses tradition and technology to explore and explode the void in which Mehdi has vanished.
Zahra’s Paradise weaves together fiction and real people and events. As the world witnessed the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections, through YouTube videos, on Twitter, and in blogs, this story came into being. The global response to this gripping tale has been passionate—an echo of the global outcry during the political upheaval of the summer of 2009.

This isn't my usual type of book. I heard what it was about and thought, "Oh, so it's like Persepolis." Then I saw, as soon as I checked it out, on the cover. At least I was accurate, but now I can't brag that it was my own idea. Sad.


I was confused throughout this whole thing. Apparently, I don't pay very good attention to current events. But then again, in 2009, I was still in school and seriously concentrating on that, living with two roommates who detested the news.

That's my excuse story, and I'm sticking to it. I swear I pay better attention now.

That being said, I appreciated the footnotes. They helped A LOT. I read this for a challenge, and I'm not as far into it as I hoped I would be now, but I think I'm going to make it. Since I was in a rush, there was no way I was slowing down to look things up. The footnotes filled in a lot of blanks for me. 

The only thing I would do differently would be to read it backwards. Start with the historical explanations in back, then read the story, then read the historical notes again. That's what I wish I would have done. It would have made the story more enjoyable because I would have been less puzzled.