I forgot I'd read another of Blake's books, How to Make a Wish, which I liked for its including but not centering sexuality and race. In Girl Made of Stars, Mara, the protagonist's bisexuality is more prominent than Grace's in HtMaW, but it's still less important than themes of what happens when someone you love does a bad thing and how girls support one another.
Forugh Farrokhzad was a Persian poet who died at 32 after having authored four books of poetry and made a documentary film about how lepers are treated. Darznik imagines Farrokhzad's life, sticking to the outline of events like Farrokhzad's marriage, divorce, publications, hospitalization, and death, but creating a lot of the in-between.
I read this book because a Barnard Women's & Gender Studies grad is the author's sister. And also, I read YA like a mofo. Breslaw's voice is witty and true, which I know because I work with college students and lurk in their Facebook groups.