Darius the Great is not okay / Adib Khorram.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.
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      Summary: "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 Farsi 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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      A Junior Library Guild selection (JLG.)
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      KHORRAM, A. Darius the Great is not okay. [s. l.]: Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018. ISBN 9780525552963. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.586073. Acesso em: 10 dez. 2019.
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      Khorram A. Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.586073. Accessed December 10, 2019.
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      Khorram, A. (2018). Darius the Great is not okay. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.586073
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      Khorram, Adib. 2018. Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.586073.
    • Harvard:
      Khorram, A. (2018) Darius the Great is not okay. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.586073 (Accessed: 10 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Khorram, A 2018, Darius the Great is not okay, Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, viewed 10 December 2019, .
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      Khorram, Adib. Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.586073.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Khorram, Adib. Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.586073.
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      Khorram A. Darius the Great is not okay [Internet]. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; 2018 [cited 2019 Dec 10]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.586073


Booklist Reviews 2018 August #1

Darius Kellner has more than his share of teen troubles to manage: racist bullies, clinical depression, complications with his father, and feeling like a misfit. So he does not expect much when his family travels to Iran to visit his maternal grandparents. Darius is a keen observer of life and very much aware of his emotional mechanisms. He is loving, sensitive, and a connoisseur of tea: steeping, drinking, sharing with family. He views the world through analogies to Star Trek and the Lord of the Rings trilogy in ways that are sometimes endearing and other times cumbersome. The trip to Iran opens new places of tenderness as Darius connects with people, places, and history that feel simultaneously familiar and new. But most significant is his friendship with Sohrab, which is tinged with an intimacy that suggests it is something more than platonic. This is a refreshing bildungsroman and an admirable debut novel that will leave readers wanting more. Hand to readers of Sara Farizan's Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel? (2014) and soul-searching teens.  Grades 8-11. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #5

Sophomore Darius Kellner doesn't fit in at his Oregon high school, where he's bullied by Trent Bolger and his "Soulless Minions of Orthodoxy." But Darius also doesn't fit comfortably in his own life due to clinical depression, confusion about his half-Persian heritage, and constant awareness of his white "Übermensch" father's disappointment in him. Darius has only met his mother's family over Skype, but when the news comes that his grandfather is dying, the family embarks on an extended trip to Iran. Here the book ripens into an exploration of understanding one's identity—both personally and culturally. When Darius meets his grandparents' neighbor Sohrab, a Bahá'í young man, in Yazd, a tender and natural friendship begins. Unlike the "Level Seven Awkward Silences" he shares with his stern father, the teen feels comfortable and safe with this virtual stranger: "I could be silent with Sohrab. That's how I knew we were going to be friends." Khorram's debut novel is an affectionate portrait of Iran: the food and aromas, the rich traditions and eclectic culture; the somewhat choppy first-person narrative also explains Farsi phrases and their complex etymology. As Darius's palpable discomfort begins to give way, readers will understand that home can be more than the physical place you live, and that people who make you feel at home can come into your life unexpectedly. katrina Hedeen Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 June #1

First-time author Khorram's coming-of-age novel brings to life the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a culture steeped in tradition. After learning that her Iranian father is ailing, high school sophomore Darius's mother decides to take the family to visit her father and relatives in Iran. Suffering from chronic depression and bullied at school in America, Darius isn't sure how he'll fare in a country he's never seen. It doesn't take him long to adjust as people welcome him with open arms, however, especially after he meets Sohrab, his grandparents' teenaged neighbor, who invites him to play soccer and quickly becomes Darius's first real friend ever. While the book doesn't sugarcoat problems in the country (unjust imprisonment and an outdated view of mental illness are mentioned), it mainly stays focused on the positive—Iran's impressive landscape and mouthwatering food, the warmth of its people—as it shows how a boy who feels like an outcast at home finds himself and true friendship overseas. Ages 12–up. Agent: Molly O'Neill, Waxman Leavell. (Aug.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.