Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

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 about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it's pretty overwhelming--especially whe Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable deb...

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Title:Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Author:Adib Khorram
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:Darius the Great Is Not Okay
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:316 pages pages

Darius the Great Is Not Okay Reviews

  • Oriana
    Aug 12, 2018
    I don't usually read YA, but when I found a proof of this at the Strand I didn't know what genre it was. And I'm glad I picked it up; although it has a lot of the hallmarks of what I don't like about YA (overly simplistic characters, over-obvious themes [another reviewer called it "as ...
  • Kelly
    Mar 21, 2018
    Perhaps the closest novel I've read which captures my own feelings and experiences living with depression. But even more than that: this book is just freaking great. Darius has always felt like the wrong piece of a puzzle. His dad is white and not like him at all. His mom is Irania...
  • Thomas
    Sep 16, 2018
    3.5 stars A solid YA novel I would recommend to fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda . Darius the Great Is Not Okay did not blow me away, but I appreciated several parts of it, in particular its emphasis on Persian/Iranian culture, its careful portrayal of depression, and its ...
  • Gretchen
    Aug 28, 2018
    I read this book in one night and I loved it so so much. Darius is one of the most well-drawn, real teens I can remember seeing in contemporary YA. The way this book approaches mental health is especially important for young adult audiences, particularly because it acknowledges how dif...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Sep 20, 2018
    Sometimes I start to get restless with YA and think maybe I should pull back from it for a while, and then I read a book like this that is absolutely everything and I remember why I do it. Sometimes YA can take on subjects like depression and identity and discovering your cultural heri...
  • Mckinlay
    Jun 11, 2018
    *I received an early copy of this book from edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* This book was so beautiful. I absolutely loved it. The family, the friendship, the depression rep. It was all perfect. I can't properly express how many things I felt while rea...
  • Dahlia
    May 30, 2018
    It took me a little while to get into the writing, which is very fourth-wall breaking, but at some point, about the main character's vulnerability and the deep love for the setting and getting to see Iran in a different light from the usual portrayals and the incredible depression rep ...
  • Laura
    Jul 10, 2018
    ?It?s okay not to be okay.? Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram gives readers a look into a world rarely seen in YA fiction. A world I really enjoyed learning about. Persian culture is the star of this book. Foods, stories, traditions, social cues, places, and more ...
  • Larry H
    Sep 25, 2018
    4.5 stars, rounded up. What an enjoyable, sweet, and special book! "What kind of name is Darius Grover Kellner? It was like I was destined to be a target." Darius Kellner calls himself a "Fractional Persian"?his mother is Persian, and he refers to his blonde, Teutonic father...
  • Leigh Kramer
    Aug 15, 2018
    Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite book. I cannot stop telling everyone about this fantastic debut! Darius is a sweetly awkward 15 year old Iranian American who doesn?t feel like he fits in anywhere. He loves tea and Star Trek. He?s bullied at school and he?s on medicat...
  • Corey
    Oct 03, 2017
    As I've gotten older, I've developed a curiosity about/longing for connection to my Persian heritage that I didn't have as a younger person. I couldn't tell you where exactly this sudden interest came from, but I have lately found myself following the news about Iran, and asking my gra...
  • Lily ☁️
    Aug 29, 2018
    Malanie said that this book reminds her of me, because it is ?friendship, cleverness, and fluffy wholesomeness, which = Lily?s vibe?, so you bet I?m going to read it!! And if I don?t love this, I might as well crawl into a dark hole somewhere far away from civilization, wh...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Sep 14, 2018
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ There are no bells and whistles for this one. Some books don?t need them. Darius the Great Is Not Okay is the story of a young boy who takes a trip to Iran with his family when they discover his grandfather is terminall...
  • Kate Olson
    Jul 31, 2018
    Thanks to BookishFirst for this free review copy! This YA novel releases on 8.28.18 from @penguinteen and it 100% deserves a place on your Fall TBR. . DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY is one of my favorite YA reads in recent history due to the following: * Heartbreakingly hilarious - Da...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Aug 28, 2018
    WOW OKAY I liked this a heckin? ton. This is the first book I?ve ever read with an Iranian mc and I learned so many things about the culture that I never knew before! It was also just really well written and I will without a doubt read everything Khorram publishes in the future. So...
  • Rachel
    Aug 21, 2018
    I didn't know what I was expecting when I requested forDarius the Great is Not Okay. The blurb looked interesting and I was looking for something light to read, so uncontrollable me hit the request button. Little did I know that I will be handed one of the best books I'll read this y...
  • CW (new book blog coming soon! ✨)
    Oct 09, 2018
    Here it is, friends. My 4th five-star rating of 2018: Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Darius the Great Is Not Okay made me cry on the bus and, given its raw and poignant writing, I am not even ashamed of it. - Follows biracial teen Darius, who goes to Iran to visit family he has ne...
  • Faith
    Aug 13, 2018
    I received this ARC from Dial Books via BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way. "It's okay not to be okay." Okay, so this was strangely really relevant to my entire life. And to my family reunion vacation I was on as I read this. C...
  • Jane
    Sep 20, 2018
    This is such a quiet and beautiful book, and I loved every moment of it. The depiction of depression, both through Darius and his father, really hit home for me and Khorram?s afterword about his own depression had me in tears. The way Darius? relationship with almost every member o...
  • Romie
    Sep 05, 2018
    ?You're okay,? he murmured. ?No. I'm not.? ?I know.? He rubbed my back up and down. ?It's okay not to be okay.? I was a bit scared going into this book, because what if I ended up being the only human being not liking it? But, fortunately for me, I ended up really ...
  • Kai
    Aug 01, 2018
    "Suicide isn't the only way you can lose someone to depression." Darius the Great Is Not Okay and neither am I. I will rave about this book. A lot. I have so many good things to say about it that I need to gather my thoughts before I can write a coherent review. This book took my...
  • Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
    Aug 29, 2018
    whomst else read this title and immediately thought ?Big Mood?? also, am I the only one getting so many Ari & Dante vibes from this book? ...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Aug 18, 2018
    I received a copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Actual Rating: 4.5 stars It took me A WHILE to finish this book (not its fault, ya girl is slumping) but it was worth it at the end. Darius the great is not okay, it's amazing. I loved the cultural aspect, the ...
  • Rachel Strolle
    Mar 21, 2018
    It's been longer than normal since I've read a book in one sitting. And god, this one is certainly a one-sitting read. Filled to the brim with heart, Khorram's debut shines on every single page. It made me laugh and cry within one scene. This was my most anticipated 2018 release and it...
  • abby
    Jul 17, 2018
    Darius Kellner isn't sure he fits in anywhere. At school, he's the Fractional Persian, the kid who sticks out as being just a bit different. At home, he struggles to connect with his dad, who is Zero Persian but rather a blond Teutonic ideal. He doesn't speak Farsi like his mom and lit...
  • Katie B
    Jul 02, 2018
    Darius Kellner is what he likes to call a Fractional Persian as his mother was born and raised in Iran but his dad is white. Although he has a nightly ritual of watching Star Trek reruns with his father, the rest of the time Darius feels like he is a big disappointment to his dad. The ...
  • Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
    Sep 23, 2018
    Oh man...this book was so beautiful and emotional. RTC. ...
  • Eloise
    Sep 09, 2018
    This was absolutely not what I thought it would be... But it doesn't mean it was bad (I think?). For some reason I picked it up thinking it would be an m/m romance. It isn't. And I am stating this straight away because I was led to believe it was, and i felt almost disappointed whe...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Mar 29, 2018
    4.5 stars This book did not let me down at all. I've been so excited for Darius the Great Is Not Okay for longer than I can remember, and this turned out to be just as stellar as I thought it would be! I mean, one of the greatest things about this book is that Khorram knows hi...
  • may ➹
    May 31, 2018
    ?It?s okay not to be okay.? The first thing you should know about Darius the Great is Not Okay is that it actually made me cry (which doesn?t happen frequently). It was hilarious, and heartbreaking, and gorgeous. I saw so much of myself in Darius, and each time I put the b...