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Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Category: Book
By (author): Khorram, Adib
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Middle East
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Published: August 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 8.56in x 5.81in x 1.08in
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$ 23.99
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From The Publisher*Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.

"Heartfelt, tender, and so utterly real. I'd live in this book forever if I could."
-Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's a Fractional Persian-half, his mom's side-and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life.
Darius has never really fit in at home, and he's sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn't exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they're spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city's skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush-the original Persian version of his name-and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he's Darioush to Sohrab.
Adib Khorram's brilliant debut is for anyone who's ever felt not good enough-then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.
Review Quote*Praise for Darius the Great is Not Okay

A Book Expo Young Adult Buzz Panel Selection
An Indies Introduce Selection

"This is an incredible story of friendship, family, and identity that you absolutely won't regret reading."

* "First-time author Khorram's coming-of-age novel  brings to life the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of [Iran] . . . as it shows how a boy who feels like an outcast at home finds himself and true friendship overseas."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Khorram's debut novel is filled with insight into the lives of teens, weaving together the reality of living with mental illness while also dealing with identity and immigration politics. This tear-jerker will leave readers wanting to follow the next chapter in Darius's life."
-Kirkus, starred review

* "Darius is a well-crafted, awkward but endearing character, and his cross-cultural story will inspire reflection about identity and belonging. A strong choice for YA shelves. Give this to fans of Adam Silvera and John Corey Whaley."
-School Library Journal, starred review

"A refreshing bildungsroman and an admirable debut novel that will leave readers wanting more."

"Khorram's debut novel is an affectionate portrait of Iran: the food and aromas, the rich traditions and eclectic culture. . . . Readers will understand that home can be more than the physical place you live, and that people who make you feel at home can come into your life unexpectedly."
-The Horn Book

"Heartfelt, tender, and so utterly real. I'd live in this book forever if I could."
-Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

"I love this story, and the way it combines the bitter of adolescence with the sweet of friendship and family. Brewed together they make a beautiful, memorable book."
-Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak

"Darius the Great is not just okay-he's wonderful. A story about learning who you are, who you want to be in the world, and how family will always be there, no matter how great the physical or emotional distance." 
-Sara Farizan, author of If You Could Be Mine

"I've never read a book that so powerfully demonstrates how connecting with where you come from can illuminate who you are and help you figure out where you're going. From its deadpan Star Trek humor to its brilliant examination of mental health, Darius the Great is Not Okay is a supernova of heart and hope that's sure to become a classic."
-Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

"A love letter to anyone who has felt uncomfortable in their own skin and wondered where exactly they belonged. A big-hearted and marvelous debut."
-Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes

"Darius the Great is Not Okay is a total knockout. This story of identity and friendship-and how one can inform and reveal the other-will stay with me for a long time. And challenge me too, as a person and artist, which all great books should do. For its exploration of male friendship and cultural expectations alone, Adib Khorram's lovely debut should be required reading."
-John Corey Whaley, award-winning author of Highly Illogical Behavior

"Prepare to fall hard for Darius. His voice will grab you instantly, with sharp humor and tender growing up moments, and won't let go until the very last page. This is openhearted storytelling at its best."
-Arvin Ahmadi, author of Down and Across
Biographical NoteAdib Khorram is an author, a graphic designer, and a tea enthusiast. If he's not writing (or at his day job), you can probably find him trying to get his 100 yard Freestyle (SCY) under a minute, or learning to do a Lutz Jump. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.