Initially Obayd is uncomfortable with the change that allows her to explore, climb trees, play sports, avoid chores and act with bravado. She is not accepted by the boys until she meets Rahim, another bacha posh, and learns some tips on “how to be a boy.” The two become fast friends and even make a crutch so that Odayd’s father can re-enter his life.
This transformation cannot last forever and eventually they must take up their lives as female. The experience of male freedom and privilege will shape who they become.
According to her aunt, Obayda will “…be able to do what no other girl can do. You’re lucky to have this chance. Girls would kill to take your place.”
“It won’t be forever.”
Tessa's picks, 5th-7th grade, Global Perspectives, 5th Summer 2018, Contemporary fiction.