Darius the Great Is Not Okay

by Adib Khorram


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  • Item #8536 in BookBeat BookBeat
    • Grades: 7 - 12
    • Ages: 13 - and up
    Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
Short Summary
Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever fit in either in America or Iran—but someone special is about to change his mind forever.

Good For:
Humorous and Heartbreaking Coming-of-Age Novel, Talking About Mental Health Issues, New Perspective on Iran, Authentic Adolescent Characters, Sharp and Tender Narrative Voice

Topics and Themes:
Iranian Americans, Cultural Identity, Friendship, Depression, Family, Iran
Some mature content and language.

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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, at last, feels like himself.
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  • ISBN 13: 978-0-525-55297-0