Sunday, August 12, 2018

Book Review - Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

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Darius Kellner never really fit in with his Persian family. He knows more about Hobbits and Klingon than Farsi and Persian traditions. When his family decides to take to Iran, Darius realizes this trip will change his life.

Darius has trouble fitting in at home and he knows things will be the same in Iran. However, when Darius meets Sohrab, everything changes. They start playing soccer together, talking for hours, and exploring the city together.  Sohrab makes Darius feels that finally belong somewhere.

I thought this was an emotional and delightful read. I found it endearing and easy to relate to Darius. I remember growing up around that age, I constantly felt out of place and had trouble fitting in. As a child of immigrants after a few years in America, I lost most of our culture and blended with American culture more easily. I had a tough time finding a balance between my culture and the love of my new adopted country. I love how this book illustrates that we all need someone to help us feel that we belong. Overall, a great read for readers of all ages!

*Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion**

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