The Complete Persepolis (2003) is a graphic novel about a young girl growing up in Iran during the revolution in the 1980s. While the book is not new, recent publications like I am Malala have reintroduced the world to the fact that young women are often discriminated against with the use of religion as reason to do so.
The main character in the memoir, Marjane Satrapi, struggles with finding an identity whilst having to wear a veil and become a prudent young lady in the body of a boisterous outspoken teen. Seeing how she may struggle, the parents want her to have a better life. Even when given the opportunity to go to Europe, Marjane struggles to fit in. In her new place she becomes the ostracized Iranian facing a westernized civilization whose promiscuity and lack of structure is counter intuitive to her upbringing.
Persepolis is a book that is a definite read for educators, young women or anyone that would appreciate the struggles that come with being a teenager in a restrictive environment.