If You Were Me introduces two protagonists, Dan and Ailya, in a story that shows us how you have to fight for justice in an unjust world. Both Dan and Ailya are brought together by a series of events that take place in different parts of the world.
It all begins in Afghanistan when the Taliban orders the execution of Ailya’s brother, Behrouz. If Behrouz doesn’t come forward misfortune will befall his family. This one act causes a chain of events that brings together two unlikely friends as they put their fate in each others’ hands and set about solving them. If they fail to solve them their world will be changed for the worst.
Sam Hepburn has provided the reader with a powerful piece of work that highlights the intolerance that is prominent within the world today. She also has shown us how the media has the power to create a mob mentality and dehumanise those they report on for the sake of a story. Hepburn’s writing style creates a sense of urgency that allows the reader to experience these occurrences from the perspective of both Dan and Ailya as they try and make sense of what is happening around them.
If You Were Me will appeal to those who want a story that’s grounded in reality.