28 Aug 2018

#BlogTour: DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY by Adib Khorram // #Review

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for


I have a review of the book for you today and it was so ah-mazing. Heartfelt, feeling, and everything you'd want in a contemporary novel, but you can read all about that below. First, let's learn more about the book!


Author: Adib Khorram
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 stars


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 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 understand 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.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

"Suicide isn't the only way you can lose someone to depression."

This was so good. I loved Darius and how he handled life. It was just so incredible to read about someone who deals with depression and anxiety. I just loved it so much. There were times when I felt a little meh about the writing. If you are a fan of THE SERPENT KING, this is the book for you.

I felt like this book really spoke to me. I could 100% relate to Darius and his struggles. I am bipolar and know what it's like to have the intrusive thoughts. Or to have thoughts that you know aren't right but you can't stop them from happening or acting on them anyway.

I absolutely loved the way Darius learned to be himself by connecting with his "past." I think it was such a brilliant examination of what it means to have family and history that you don't necessarily know and how to learn about that. It also looks at how to bring those two together.

I cannot say enough good things about this one. If you are struggling with mental health conditions, this is the book for you. If you want to read the next great voice in YA, DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY by Adib Khorram is the book for you.

Adib Khorram is an author, a graphic designer, and a tea enthusiast. If he's not writing (or at his day job), you can probably find him trying to get his 100 yard Freestyle under a minute, or learning to do a Lutz Jump. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where people don't usually talk about themselves in the third person. You can find him on Twitter (@adibkhorram), Instagram (@adibkhorram), or on the web at adibkhorram.com.

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