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Darius the Great is Not Okay
Darius the Great is Not Okay | Adib Khorram
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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willaful

I have such a book hangover from this! I'm not ready to start the sequel and nothing else seems worth reading.

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ninergrl6
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Reading a book that takes place in Iran at an Italian restaurant in NYC felt a bit… off 😆 but the meal was delicious and the book was sweet.

It‘s a lovely coming of age story about “Fractional Persian” Darius‘ family, friendships, and mental health — and surprisingly zero romance (that‘s what the sequel is for)

“We have a saying in Farsi. It translates ‘your place was empty.‘ We say it when we miss somebody.”

#ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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PuddleJumper
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Phenomenal book! I found this incredibly emotional to read. The main character, Darius, has chronic depression and the book is from his point of view so you see his life and thoughts through the lens of his depression.

I wasn't diagnosed with depression until my mid twenties but I definitely had it from a very young age. Many parts of this were uncomfortably familiar because I remember thinking the same kinds of things.

GondorGirl There's a sequel to this book that is equally as good. 4w
PuddleJumper @GondorGirl Yes! I'm waiting for my library to get it in 4w
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Kangaj1
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#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

Finally got to my bookspin for this month. I really liked the view into another culture.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Caryl
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Like Junie, Darius shows courage as he navigates through life with clinical depression. On his first trip to Iran, he embraces the opportunity to learn about friendship, his family, and his cultural heritage. I loved the gentle pace of this book. This was my September #BookSpin pick.

#BookSpinBINGO

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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kissmehardy
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Took me a minute to find my groove with this one, but I loved it by the end! I love that there isn't actually a romantic love story in this, but the relationships are still meaningful and important. Really fills a niche I hadn't noticed was empty before. #yalit

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slategreyskies
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I cried my heart out at this book. I loved it so much. I actually really cared about the characters. This book was just so great. Definitely a five star read for me and one of the best books I‘ve read in a while. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

I‘ll be mailing it out today. Thanks for a great round of #LMPBC !!

Gissy It was so beautiful and sad too😢but with hope!❤️ 11mo
slategreyskies @Gissy I agree! It made my heart melt, and there was pain, but yes, hope too! 11mo
PandaPanda Loved it too! Have the sequel qued up on my kindle! 10mo
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slategreyskies @Bianca @PandaPanda @Alfrazier21 I can‘t remember our mailing/shipping order, but was hoping I‘d be getting my book back soon. It still hasn‘t arrived. Does anyone know what happened to it? Maybe it‘s coming media mail? I know there‘ve been a lot of delays with the USPS lately. Let me know if any of you have any info. Thanks! :) 10mo
PandaPanda It‘s me I think!! I‘m so sorry for the delay it should be with you next week at the latest!! @slategreyskies (edited) 10mo
Alfrazier21 @slategreyskies Remind me which book was yours? I know I always shipped mine media mail. Going to try and find the email with our shipping order! 10mo
slategreyskies @PandaPanda oh okay! Thanks! I‘ll be on the lookout for it! 10mo
slategreyskies @Alfrazier21 I think it‘s been found. It should be here by next week. Thanks!! :) 10mo
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Gissy
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What a beautiful book for its content. There are various important topics, the most important is depression, but also, cultural identity, friendship, family support, family relations, importance of communication. According to the author, some parts are from his life since he suffers from depression. We see beautiful friendship? or an early romance? or a discovery of how Darius identified himself? Beautiful descriptions of Iran‘s culture❤️4⭐️

Gissy This book has so many emotional scenes😢😭I loved Darius grandparents, Mahmoud and Babou. his grandma made me remember mine. I will see if I have an Iranian restaurant near to my area, the desserts sound so good and I was looking for those beautiful places mentioned in the book. It is my first novel developed in this country❤️🤗
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Gissy #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks
#20in4 Readathon @Andrew65
#QueerLitReadathon prompt-not set in your country. It was so sweet the relationship between these two characters.
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 11mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 11mo
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Auntynanny
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I really enjoyed this! It tells the story of an Iranian-American boy who goes to Iran to visit his family and comes to know himself and his family better as a result. It also really made me crave Persian food!

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slategreyskies
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This came in the mail today. I‘m looking forward to getting into it. How is it already almost the end of this round of #LMPBC? Did it go fast or is it just me? Hope you all have a good weekend!!

PandaPanda I know so fast! Also glad this got to you so quickly I feel like I went to the post office yesterday! 12mo
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brandierickson
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I could barely read the last forty pages I was crying so much. An amazing, amazing book.

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Alfrazier21
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I stayed up late last night to finish this one! I definitely felt a connection to Darius. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

@PandaPanda I‘m getting this one in the mail for you today!

@Bianca @slategreyskies @suvata

#LMPBC #GROUPU

slategreyskies Oh cool! I was hoping this one was going to be good! I‘ve been wanting to read it for a while now. Glad you enjoyed it! :) 13mo
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Bianca
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Just finished this yesterday for my #LMPBC pick for #GroupU. It was pretty good!

It's off to the next person today!

#Round11

@Alfrazier21 @slategreyskies @PandaPanda

slategreyskies I‘m looking forward to this one! :) 14mo
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Mrs_B
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A sweet tale of Darius experiencing his heritage in Iran for the first time and falling in love with the town, his extended family and a new best friend. Told through Darius‘ eyes all his experiences are related within the context of his depression and mental health. A really good read. It‘s also worth reading for the beautiful descriptions of the food and tea!

TheLudicReader I also found this book charming. 1y
Reggie I loved his grandmother. 1y
rwmg I found Darius's favourite tea in my local tea shop. Expensive but worth it. 1y
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Mrs_B @TheLudicReader glad to hear it! 1y
Mrs_B @Reggie I agree - she's amazing. 1y
Mrs_B @rwmg I'll have to hunt it down - thanks for the tip! 1y
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Brooke_H
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Sweet and poignant story of a teen boy dealing with all the usual teen torments, along with a trip to Iran to visit his dying grandfather. Darius has depression, and that comes through strongly in the text. I felt for him, and I really felt for his mom. The Iranian setting was so vibrant, especially considering that Khorram hasn't ever actually been to Iran (I was shocked to read that). The writing was just a bit twee for me.

cozypunk I loved that this book 'took' me there. It was my book of the year when it came out. Are you thinking about trying the sequel? 1y
Brooke_H @dandy.punk Absolutely! 1y
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Brooke_H
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I‘ve noticed this trend in YA where the author will have a paragraph explaining something and then one sentence broken out at the end with a sort of sarcastic joke. It‘s getting a little tired. Is there a word or a phrase for this kind of writing style? (It might not be new; I might just not read enough YA to have noticed before.)

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esmeralda.alejo
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Mehso-so

2021 || No. 3

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Lauredhel
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Starting Darius and making a poncho. Life is good.

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Chelleo
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Thank you so much @Louise for the great birthday snail mail treat! Looking forward to the books but can I just say how in love I am with the Michelle Obama pencil case! I‘ve actually been looking for a pencil case so this was perfectly timed! Thanks so much! Will write soon!

Chelleo Tagging the other book 2y
Louise I‘m so glad you like your gifts, Michelle. I found that pencil case a few months ago and pounced on it for you! It was so obviously meant for you, as you, too, are a Mighty Michelle! I‘ll write a proper letter soon! Happy reading! 💕 2y
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actualdisneyprincess
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Lunchtime reading! (But ughhhh, today is so full of aggravation that I just want to hide out down here and keep reading. 😑) #dariusthegreatisnotokay #adibkhorram

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Jari-chan
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What a great discovery! ❤️ I was so deeply moved by this story and really got into Persian culture. So sad, that there's no persian restaurant anywhere near from where I live...

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Missusb
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Onceuponatime
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Love, love, love this book! Told through the lens of a high school boy who travels to Iran to visit relatives, this is a story of self-discovery, the importance of friendship, and what it means to be family. ❤️ The author does a fantastic job of helping readers understand depression as well as Iranian culture. Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #oregonbattleofthebooks

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WriterAtHeart
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This book really sat with me and I think will set with me, especially the ending. The author of this novel suffers from depression and wanted to tell a story where a character lives through depression. The depression is not the focus per say, but creeps up on Darioush in every day situations. It was also a great read to learn about Iranian culture.

Reggie I loved his grandma! 2y
WriterAtHeart @Reggie - So did I! 2y
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alysonimagines
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High schooler Darius, a self-described Fractional Persian, doesn‘t feel like he fits in anywhere—not even in his own family. But then he goes to Iran for the first time in his life, where he meets his grandparents, explores his Iranian heritage, and makes his first true friend who accepts Darius as he is. Darius‘s emotional journey is just as captivating as his geographical journey. I dare you to read this and not fall in love with his story! 💙

alysonimagines @Soubhiville Have you read this? Since you and MC Darius are both Star Trek fans, I think you‘d really enjoy it. 2y
LiteraryinLawrence I was so impressed with this one. 2y
alysonimagines @LiteraryinLititz I was, too! I expected it to be good, but the story and the writing far surpassed my expectations. I borrowed this one from the library, and now I want my own copy. I would totally read it again! 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Book 10 of 30 books in 30 days. This is my July book club pick and I got ahead of myself. I was disappointed to learn after reading the book and being fascinated by the culture in Iran that this author isn‘t from there and has never been. Otherwise, this was an enjoyable read.

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Suet624
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I learned a lot about Iranian culture and food from this YA novel. It also does a great job explaining depression. This was the first audiobook that I tried listening to when I awoke at 2 am and it always put me to sleep. A huge plus!

JamieArc I recently finished this one too! It was just “meh” in the beginning, but then it grew on me so much. I will be thinking about it for a long time. 2y
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ness
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Quick reread before jumping into the sequel!

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AmberWB
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This book-whew. I absolutely loved it and think it should be read by everyone. It was refreshing to read a book that shows normal, healthy friendships among teenage boys, and that it shouldn‘t be abnormal to be emotional just because you are a boy. The openness when it came to mental health was done very well. The majority of the book is set in Iran, so cultural differences were also explored. Adib Khorram weaved all of this together seamlessly.

Eggs I loved it too-under rated 2y
AmberWB @Eggs I‘m on a mission to get more people to read it 2y
Eggs Good for you and your mission 📚🤗📚 2y
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Lovesbooks87
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I loved how this book addresses mental health, heritage, bullying and just figuring out who you really were and being okay with it. I am so glad that this book is out there for teen reads. I can‘t wait to read more about Darius in August!

#booked2020 Pan Asian Author.

BiblioLitten 😍 2y
Cinfhen Great review and adorable friend 🐶 2y
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WhimsyandRigor
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Less plot driven and more character driven, this book gave insight into adolescence in general and being of blended (or as Darius says, fractional) heritage.

Even if you don‘t normally drink tea, you will want a steaming cup of Oolong while you watch Darius grow.

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quietjenn
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In a bit of a mood today. *shrug*

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RealLifeReading
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A really great YA read about a teenager exploring his identity (his mother is Iranian) - issues of bullying, depression, experiencing life in a different culture (the family visits Iran for the first time). I love that Darius loves tea. He works in a tea store! He buys his grandmother a gift of tea! And he hope for an internship in tea! ☕️ 🍵

Cinfhen 💚😃 2y
MallenNC I loved this book! 2y
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StaceyKondla Fabulous book! I truly enjoyed it 💕 2y
minkyb I really enjoyed this one!
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Carleneishere Please tell me where you got that shirt! 2y
RealLifeReading @Carleneishere it‘s from Old Navy 😀 2y
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Nikki_E
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I first discovered this title on an article on Bookriot about YA books depicting mental illness. I listened to the audio version through Libby.

What I liked: I absolutely fell in love with this book. Darius is one of those narrators that just has this special kind of sneaky charisma about him that you can‘t help but immediately love him.

amicryingorlaughing.home.blog/2020/04/06/review-darius-the-great-is-not-okay-by-adib-khorram/

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Addison_Reads
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My husband was diagnosed with depression at 15. Having seen first hand his struggle with this illness, I appreciate books like this that show the reality of living with a #mentalillness.

I highly recommend this book. 🙌

And for those Littens who struggle with a mental illness, know there are those of us who appreciate you continuing to fight even on the bad days. 😍 Don't give up 💚

#MagnificentMarch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼❤️ 2y
Crazeedi Sending hug today! Depression is real 2y
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Addison_Reads
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I absolutely love that books such as this one are available for teens to read. 💚

Darius is such a great character who is fighting to make some sense out of why he doesn't fit in. This book deals with depression, suicide, bullying, and so many other important topics.

It made me experience a wide range of emotions and I loved the journey!

Crazeedi Happy Valentine's day my friend!💕💕 2y
Reggie I loved this book!!! Sooo good!! 2y
Reggie I loved his grandma. 2y
Addison_Reads @Crazeedi I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. 💚 2y
Addison_Reads @Reggie Yes! I loved her too. Everyone deserves a grandparent like her. 2y
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cewilf
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I really enjoyed The Outsiders this weekend! Definitely not my favorite, but I enjoyed the writing, and I think it will hook some reluctant readers. Taking a break from required school reads now for Darius the Great. This one‘s been on my list for a while, and I‘m liking it so far! And just for fun, a cute picture of Bella from yesterday ☺️

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
LiteraryinLawrence I remember loving Darius the Great! 2y
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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. 2y
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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. 😬

LiteraryinLawrence Whoa! Exciting news!!!! I loved the original one and would definitely read a sequel. 2y
Reggie Woohoo can‘t wait!! 2y
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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 😉 3y
rwmg Apparently a sequel is coming soon 3y
Reggie @Billypar Thanks, Lololol. 3y
Reggie @rwmg That‘s the word on the street. I‘m excited. 3y
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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. 3y
Reggie @Suet624 @readordierachel this book was so good. 3y
Texreader Great quote 3y
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😱😱😱🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

rwmg 👍🤸‍♂️🥂 3y
Reggie I just started this book today! 3y
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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 3y
tjwill I still need to read this! 3y
LiteraryinLawrence This one was excellent. 3y
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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 📚 3y
Cinfhen This sounds really good, but is it very YA?!?! Like sappy and full of unnecessary angst??! Asking for a friend 😜 3y
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. 3y
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Cinfhen Ok, good to know💕the title alone grabbed me 3y
lynneamch Nice review! Just finished audio myself. You captured every aspect I would have wanted to highlight. Agree on all counts! 😉👍 3y
Cortg @lynneamch Yay! I‘m glad you enjoyed the book! 😀😀😀 3y
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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.