Darius The Great Is Not Okay || Deeply Emotional

 

Title: Darius The Great Is Not Okay
Author: Adib Khorram
Page Count: 316 pages
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo

 

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it’s pretty overwhelming–especially when he’s also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom’s family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

Sohrab makes sure people speak English so Darius can understand what’s going on. 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, best friends don’t have to talk. Darius has never had a true friend before, but now he’s spending his days with Sohrab playing soccer, eating rosewater ice cream, and sitting together for hours in their special place, a rooftop overlooking the Yazdi 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. When it’s time to go home to America, he’ll have to find a way to be Darioush on his own.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

The September Indigo Teen Pick was so so great. I am making a pouty face because it just made me want to hug the main character the entire time I was reading his words.
The author dives into depression with a careful step and focuses on the power of family and friendship to help you dig out of your lowest moments. I really felt the characters feelings through the voice of the main character. Very well written! I was also really impressed with the way the author handled bullying. What an incredibly sweet and special book.
Side note about Indigo Teen Picks: I am so glad to be a part of this program because I’ve read books this year I never would’ve picked on my own and really, truly enjoyed them. If you see an Indigo Pick it’s definitely a guaranteed read.
**Thank you IndigoTeen for sending a copy my way in exchange for an honest review.**

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