Fast Facts

Title: Darius the Great is Not Okay
Author: Adib Khorram
Publication date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Recommended for: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Darius Keller has never felt quite right. Whether it’s speaking in stilted Farsi with his Persian relatives, or trying to survive the ruthless social hierarchy at high school, he’s never truly belonged. So when his family embarks on a visit to Iran to visit family, Darius must juggle his tumultuous relationship with his father, Persian stigma surrounding his clinical depression, and his struggle to feel truly Persian and come to terms with his true identity, all with the help of a healthy dose of Star Trek.

Going into this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I can safely say I was pleasantly surprised. All the way from the plentiful Star Trek and Tolkien references to the meaningful and satisfying subplot surrounding father-son relationships, I found this book to be not only a blast to read, but also full of significant and relevant messages that any teen can relate to. I loved the inclusion of Persian culture and traditions in this book, and I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes books with themes of familial dissonance and bonding, strong friendships, and has known what it feels like to not fit in.

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-Ciella