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Darius the Great is Not Okay
Darius the Great is Not Okay | Adib Khorram
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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. 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 in Portland, and he just knows 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. Sohrab introduces Darius to all of his favorite things--mint syrup and the soccer field and a secret rooftop overlooking the city's skyline. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understands that sometimes, friends don't have to talk. 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. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, 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.
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MelissaSue81
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This book was not what I expected and I am so glad it wasn‘t. I love YA but sometimes it all feels the same, and this story was so different! It‘s about Mental Health, Family, heritage and most of all friendship. It made me cry! All the Star Trek references repeatedly kind of bugged me, which is my only complaint.. the story itself was fantastic.

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Imbookenit
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This was so good! I can‘t explain how much this book spoke to me. It made me think of my own depression, all my mixed and Persian friends and it had Bahaí representation which I have never read in a book before! 5/5?

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Skeeterisme
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Wonderful!

EmilyM Loved this book! I read that there is a sequel coming out next year. 4w
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LauraBeth
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Coming August 19th 💃💃💃💃

Also - this book isn‘t in the database yet and didn‘t know how to add it. 😬

LiteraryinLititz Whoa! Exciting news!!!! I loved the original one and would definitely read a sequel. 1mo
Reggie Woohoo can‘t wait!! 1mo
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hwestfall
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Started a new book because I just need to rest and wait until the floors are dry before doing more chores. That‘s my excuse anyway 😂

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Reggie
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I‘ve been so lucky to read some really great YA this year that I wished was around back in my day. Darius is a Star Trek The Next Generation/LOTR loving, Persian American, nerd (I mean this in the best way possible) who deals with depression and being picked on and trying to find his place in this world. His grandfather falls ill and his family goes to Iran to visit where he makes a new friend and comes into his own. Easily a new favorite. Pick!!

Billypar Great review! Poor Darius- he and Fleischman really need a break. Thank goodness Eleanor Oliphant is doing alright from what I hear 😉 4mo
rwmg Apparently a sequel is coming soon 4mo
Reggie @Billypar Thanks, Lololol. 4mo
Reggie @rwmg That‘s the word on the street. I‘m excited. 4mo
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Reggie
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This young American teenager is meeting his grandmother for the first time in Iran and there are some simple sounding sentences that just blindside you in here. Oof.

Suet624 That‘s lovely. 4mo
Reggie @Suet624 @readordierachel this book was so good. 4mo
Texreader Great quote 4mo
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😱😱😱🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

rwmg 👍🤸‍♂️🥂 4mo
Reggie I just started this book today! 4mo
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booklover3258
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Before I start let me just say that Darius sneezes a lot throughout the book and says “Um“ way way too many times! That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Darius is getting teased at school and feeling underloved by his dad. His grandfather has a brain tumor so the family goes to Iran to visit him. That's where the story takes off and Darius “grows“ up, meets his best friend and connects with his dad.
4 stars

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Karkar
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Oh I really enjoyed this book! All the feels. For someone who has been diagnosed with Major Depression in my early YA years, there was so so much I could relate to. So so good.

Eggs Loved this book 6mo
tjwill I still need to read this! 6mo
LiteraryinLititz This one was excellent. 6mo
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anored
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I loved this book! It has so many great things about the importance of friendship, family, extended family, traditions, and mental health.

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Cortg
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Two thumbs up and a snap around! I think this may be my all time favorite YA book! I love the way depression is portrayed in both Darius and his father and Darius‘s social hardships in school. Darius is his own person and I love that he has such a passion for tea. I also love that they go to visit family in Iran. The reader gets a wonderful sense of Iranian people, culture and land. This is such a positive book in so many ways.

Karkar Sounds good! Stacking 📚 7mo
Cinfhen This sounds really good, but is it very YA?!?! Like sappy and full of unnecessary angst??! Asking for a friend 😜 7mo
Cortg @Cinfhen I didn‘t think so at all. He does have some issues along the way with his Dad and a friend he makes in Iran but I didn‘t think it was over the top. I know your not a big YA reader but I enjoyed the audio version. 7mo
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Cinfhen Ok, good to know💕the title alone grabbed me 7mo
lynneamch Nice review! Just finished audio myself. You captured every aspect I would have wanted to highlight. Agree on all counts! 😉👍 6mo
Cortg @lynneamch Yay! I‘m glad you enjoyed the book! 😀😀😀 6mo
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MelKelsey
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A charming coming-of-age novel about a teenaged Persian American boy who travels to Iran for the first time to meet his dying grandfather. Themes are family, culture, friendship, accepting yourself, and, predominantly, mental health, all told through the enjoyable, quirky voice of the protagonist.

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MelKelsey
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I like to keep track of the first sentence of every book I read. After all, the first sentence is the second thing we judge a book by. 😉😂

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zoya2401
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My husband had the sweetest "Welcome home" gift by the bigbookbox. I'm going to begin with Darius the great is not okay. Can't wait to start!

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Rambo_Reads
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Settled in to finish off "Darius the Great is Not Okay" in a cafe earlier today ?
I loved the vivid descriptions and reading from Darius' perspective - I didn't always agree with how he saw things but I could understand why he felt the way he was feeling.

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Rambo_Reads
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Time to crack on with this one! (Due back at the library in 3 days 😦)

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Had to stop reading for a sec because I got a little something in my eye 😢

WanderingBookaneer This was my favorite YA of 2018. 8mo
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irasobrietate
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Lord I love these sweet boys.

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irasobrietate
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Well ain't he a real peach of a parent? Newsflash: you don't blame the person being bullied for the fact that he's bullied, you blame the person doing the bullying.

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mandi1082
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Mehso-so

I liked how this story dealt with real issues such as depression and racism. I loved the family dynamic and the culture. I liked hearing about Iran and learning somewhat how it is there. This book was a little slow go but overall the story will stick with me for a long time.
4⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Owlizabeth
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Yesterday was both my birthday and the kickoff of the library book sale! Two favorites in one! #bookhaul

LauraBrook Happy belated birthday!!! Looks like it was a happy one, with an excellent haul like that! 💐💐💐 10mo
quirkyreader Lucky you finding that du Maurier. That is from the editions I have been collecting. 10mo
readordierachel Happy belated birthday! And great haul! 🎊🎉 10mo
daena Happy belated birthday 🎂. Books are the best gifts 🎁 10mo
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hermyknee
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Guess where I am?! 💜💜💜 #NTTBF19

That-Bookish-Hiker Yay!!! Have fun! 10mo
JoScho Have an amazing time! 💗💗💗 10mo
Stephaniereads1 So jealous. I planned to go but it didn‘t work out. 10mo
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Stephaniereads1 Enjoy! 10mo
staci.reads Oh wow! Sounds amazing! 10mo
hermyknee @Stephaniereads1 are you going today? 10mo
Stephaniereads1 No I‘m so upset. 10mo
hermyknee @Stephaniereads1 there is always next year!!! I‘m not going today either 😔 10mo
Stephaniereads1 I sure hope to go next year! 10mo
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ErikaReadsEverything
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Just finished this beautiful novel by Adib Khorram. And oh my goodness did I love it. Lord of the Rings and Star Trek references aren‘t the only thing that make this book worth reading. Family relationships, loveable characters, and a very real portrayal of depression. Just trust me, read this book.

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BeckyMerilatt
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Just finished this for the teen book club I run at work and it‘s wonderful. It‘s just the sweetest friendship story. Also a story about a boy who is learning to stop apologizing for who he is.

GondorGirl I loved this book so much! And the author is such a sweetheart too! ❤ 11mo
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UnabridgedPod
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I could not love this book more. Or have cried more. (My son said at one point that I looked like I was getting a cold. It was because my face was so swollen from crying.) Darius is a brilliant protagonist who is funny and sad and realistic. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Diagnosed with depression, he struggles with his father‘s high expectations (who also suffers from depression); bullying at school; feeling like an outcast; jealousy of his sister, who he loves but who he feels was meant to be his replacement. When he and his family travel to his mother's home in Iran to meet his grandfather, Darius begins to understand where he may belong, where he fits in his family, and what a true friend really means. 11mo
TrishB Lovely review 💕 11mo
UnabridgedPod @TrishB Thanks! It was such an easy book to review (though of course I wanted to go on and on). 11mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Here's my February wrap-up:⠀

27 books (2 nonfiction, 4 audiobooks, 1 graphic novel, 1 novel in verse, 1 graphic novel, 1 short story collection, 10 YA, 2 middle grade)⠀

Here are my ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ reads for the month: Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Winter of the Witch, Parkland, Dumplin', Speak: The Graphic Novel, Blood Water Paint, The War That Saved My Life, Circe⠀

I had a ton of four-star reads, too--I read some amazing books this month!!!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Holy! Excellent job!! 📚💖 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 11mo
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zest_thereader I read 1/27 of the books that you read that month. *Goes and cries in the corner* 8mo
UnabridgedPod @zest_thereader No shame and no comparisons!! I‘d love to know: What did you read? Did you enjoy it? 8mo
zest_thereader @Unabridged The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. Yeah, it was a good read, many of the twists were unpredictable but I found half of the book kinda slow. 8mo
UnabridgedPod @zest_thereader Oh, I like that one—my husband agrees with your review! Will you read the rest of the trilogy? 8mo
zest_thereader @Unabridged Yup, I have already half of the second book, I have kept it on hold for sometime though 8mo
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rwmg
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Trying genmachai, Darius's favourite

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rjsthumbelina
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This book was an interesting look at diversity (the majority of it takes place in Iran, where Darius goes for the first time bc his grandfather is dying.)I loved it's portrayal of depression and how it affects both individuals and families.I also really liked it's portrayal of a friendship, and the way a friend can change the way you feel about yourself.It's likely the only book I will finish during #contemporaryathon - v sick husband & depression

rjsthumbelina Also, am I the only one who sometimes feels like I need a rating between "pick" and "so-so"? This wasn't a favorite, but enough redeeming qualities that it wasn't a so-so read, either ? 11mo
JaclynW @rjsthumbelina I wish there was an in between pick too!! I'm often in this boat. 11mo
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DebbieGrillo
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1. Historical fiction.
2. Lots of sleep and reading and a wslk outside tomorrow. y
3. Tagged
4. Nope
5. 🖐

@howjessreads #friYAYintro

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rwmg
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Teenage boy who doesn't fit in at hime goes on a family visit to his mother's family in Iran and has to navigate a foreign culture. Enjoyable but doesn't really fulfil the author's objective stated in the afterword.

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rwmg
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#teaandabook

I'm sure Darius would want to know it's Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong black tea

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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I can now announce that our committee chose Darius The Great is Not Okay as our 2019 Morris Debut Award Winner! Here I am with a couple of our committee members congratulating him in person after the award ceremony.

WanderingBookaneer My favorite YA of 2018! 12mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Yay! I‘ve read this a few times now (obviously) and I find something new that grabs me each time. 12mo
quietjenn Ah, I didn't realize you were on Morris! It's one of my favorite awards. Thanks for all your work! 12mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @quietjenn thank you! it‘s why I was nearly social media silent this past year. Couldn‘t risk saying too much! I love this award too ❤️ and would totally do it again if given the chance. 12mo
BucklingBookshelves So cool! What an experience that much have been! 📚❤️📚 12mo
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MrsGreen
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Thanks to @penguinteen for the free arc of this way back at #nerdcampmi!
This #ownvoices book will be great for middle and high school students searching for a story about Persian boys or Iran. Lots of excellent descriptions of the beauty of Iran, family dynamics, and how to get along in a world where you feel like you don‘t belong. Love that the main character has depression too!

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Karisa
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1.) 🇺🇸

2.) 🇮🇷

3.) 🇺🇸

4.) 🇫🇷 and 🇬🇧 and 🇮🇳 and 🇮🇹 and 🇨🇦 and 🇦🇺 and 🇯🇵 and 🇳🇿 and 🇲🇦 and 🇨🇷 and 🇮🇪 (I want to see so many places)!

#HelloThursday (aka #FridayEve) @WanderingLynn

Slym You‘re welcome to 🇲🇦! We have a beautiful country ! 12mo
Karisa @Slym Morocco looks like such an amazing place! Thank you! 12mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🌎 12mo
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Karisa
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Friendship, family, identity, Star Trek, and really good tea... This YA is not what I expected. For one, romance does not play a role (which is surprisingly refreshing). Main character, Darius is figuring out where he fits, and he struggles with depression. However, the book manages to uplift and makes you want to hug a teenager (or your teenage self).

#Booked2019 (Happy Place) @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage #recomendsday

Cinfhen Wow!!! This actually sounds really good!!! Love your review 💚 12mo
Karisa @Cinfhen 💗 12mo
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LazyLimaLife
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Really enjoyed this book. I think this is the most understated truth about depression ever.

Eggs 💙 Darius 12mo
MallenNC I'm glad you liked it! I hope more people read it. 12mo
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LazyLimaLife
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I‘m enjoying this book about 2 boys who become friends. Darius‘ inner dialogue is sometimes overwrought you just want to step in and protect him. It‘s such a relief when he finds a friend. Also the audiobook is great because there‘s quite a bit of Farsi. Be prepared to be starving by the end of each chapter! This is from @MallenNC ‘s #NewYearWhoDis list. Very enjoyable.

MallenNC Oh I wish I'd listened to the audio of this one! I'm glad you are liking it. (edited) 12mo
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Eggs
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Darius and family are going to Iran to visit his Mamou and Babou (grandparents). Babou is ill and Darius feels unloveable and on the outside of the group. A new friendship with a young man his age, Sohrab, develops and changes everything. The MC's references to Star Trek TNG and LOTR are great.

EmilyM I LOVED this book! 13mo
MallenNC I loved this one too 13mo
Eggs @EmilyM @MallenNC 😊😊 13mo
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Lindy
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Why are you depressed? Darius gets that a lot, but clinical depression cannot easily be explained. He‘s an overweight American teen with a Persian mother & a white father. Mostly set in Iran, where Darius makes his first real friend & learns that it‘s okay to be a boy who cries. Lots of Star Trek & Tolkien references, like calling jerks “soulless minions of orthodoxy.” A sweet #audiobook performed by Michael Levi Harris.

Lindy Another Star Trek reference: Darius‘ doctor has told him that depression is anger turned inward. “I had so much anger turned inward, I could have powered a warp core.” 13mo
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EmilyM
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I listened to this on Audible and it was fantastic! I first saw this book mentioned here on Litsy, so thank you to whoever recommended it. I loved the character development of the protagonist who struggles with depression, his relationship with his father and his place as a "fractional Persian." So many issues were dealt with in this YA novel in a humorous and poignant manner. Highly recommend! #blameitonlitsy ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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I was one tiny pulsar in a swirling, luminous galaxy of Iranians, held together by the gravity of thousands of years of culture and heritage.

WanderingBookaneer I loved that book. 13mo
Lindy @WanderingBookaneer I cried near the end. One of the scenes with his dad. 13mo
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DyAnne
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ (I love a book that makes me cry.)

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Erinreadsthebooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An interesting look at a father/son relationship, an unfamiliar culture, the idea of finding your place and still not fitting in, the workings of a true friendship that may be something more, and the effects of depression. Food plays a large part in the novel, and some of the focus on dishes I'd never heard of lost me a little, but overall, a really good read.

EmilyM I'm currently listening to this and enjoying it! 13mo
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mdemanatee
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This book is so good I wasn‘t even shipping things like I should be but was completely engrossed in a father/son relationship.

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DyAnne
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Started this. So far, I‘m loving it. I can‘t help myself when it comes to sweet teenaged boys in books. 💗

EmilyM I'm listening to it after I saw it recommended here....loving it! #blameitonlitsy 13mo
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mdemanatee
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I may have only asked for one physical book (mostly cause my TBR has so much and I know there are a lot of new year releases I‘m going to buy) but I did get a speaker so I can more easily listen to my audiobooks while doing things like cooking and washing dishes.

Tamra Yay for multitasking! 13mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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I want to go out and buy a dozen copies of this book to give to people I know. It was soooooooo good. A nuanced portrayal of a teenage boy navigating his identity as a Persian American, a son, a big brother, and a person with depression. I respect that Darius was a regular kid working through who he was and who others wanted him to be. Suitable for the YA crowd but by no means just for teens.... this review isn‘t doing it justice. It‘s just great.

LiteraryinLititz @LauraBeth @minkyb I think I added the book to my TBR based on your recommendations. THANK YOU! 13mo
LauraBeth 🙌glad you loved it! 13mo
britt_brooke Pretty photo! 13mo
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BennettBookworm Such a rave review! Hoorah! 13mo
kspenmoll Just saw this book today! 13mo
minkyb It really is a special book! I love recommending it. 13mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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I've heard great things about Darius the Great 😍

rachelsbrittain I loved this one so much!! 13mo
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