Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran.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 lovi...

Details Darius the Great Is Not Okay

TitleDarius the Great Is Not Okay
Release DateAug 28th, 2018
PublisherDial Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Lgbt, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Darius the Great Is Not Okay

  • Kai
    "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 heart by storm. It made me sad and happy and also very hungry.When I started this book, I knew that I would get emotional. With some books, you just know. The tension star...
  • may ➹
    “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 book down I just wanted to pick it back up and read more.This book is about a boy named Darius, who has never really been in touch with his Persian identity until visiti...
  • Larry H
    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 as the Übermensch. But he feels like he doesn't quite fit into either world. He looks like his mother but never really learned to speak Farsi (although his younger sister did...
  • Lola
    I used to believe that the first chapters of a story set the tone for the whole book, but DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY proved me wrong.See, I had trouble picturing the events happening in the first twenty or so pages. I couldn’t picture the characters, settings or figure out the relationships between people. But the more I read, the better it got and this is not something I get to say very often.This book quickly escaladed from a DNF to a three...
  • C.G. Drews
    Oh this was so good. I got so into it that if anyone had asked me what I was doing this weekend, I would've been fully like: "Yes I am just in Iran with Darius this weekend how about you." It was so easy to feel in the story. Darius is biracial Persian/American and since he's visiting Iran for the first time (and he doesn't speak farsi) he so often felt lost and outside and like he didn't truly belong. So explained the culture and the holidays as...
  • Thomas
    3.5 starsA 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 focus on friendship. With the awful current political climate, Adib Khorram's rendering of Iran felt like a much needed respite from the racist and problematic images w...
  • Katie B
    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 family makes a trip to Iran to visit relatives and there Darius meets Sohrab, the teenage neighbor of his grandparents. This is a YA story of feeling like you don't...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    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 good!
  • Em Lost In Books
    I used to stay away from YA but this year it's a different story. I have read many YA books this year, so I can safely says that I am not averse this genre as I used to be 2-3 years ago. I saw this book making rounds on my GR home page repeatedly and one fine Saturday I caved in and started reading this. I have to confess, to me blurb without "Iran" is the avg blurb that I read for this genre. This story revolves around Darius who is on his first...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    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 terminally ill. It’s about finding a place in the world when you feel like you’re nothing but a social outcast. More importantly, it’s about clinical depression. And it is...
  • abby
    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 little sister. Even the way he makes tea seems called into question.But when his grandfather is diagnosed with a brain tumor, Darius is thrown into his most fish-out-o...
  • Vitor Martins
    Essa é a história de um garoto metade americano, metade persa, viajando para o Irã com a família pela primeira vez para conhecer os seus avós. Lá ele confronta muito a sua auto percepção e pela primeira vez na vida sente que pertence a uma família. Eu jamais imaginaria que eu me identificaria TANTO com o Darius. Em diversas cenas eu tinha quase certeza que eu SOU o Darius. E isso acontece porque ele é um personagem real, e personagens r...
  • Corey
    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 grandparents about the old country, and, of course, reading a lot of novels by Iranian-American authors. What I'm trying to say, in short, is that I was primed to like...
  • Lily ☁️
    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, where no one can find me (which incidentally suits me just fine, because uni starts next week).Blog | Bloglovin’ | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter
  • Rachel Strolle
    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 was so worthy of that.
  • Romie
    “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 liking this beautiful story.It's a story that deals with so many important subjects: friendship, grief, clinical depression, the feeling of not belonging or being enough, a...
  • Inge
    3.5 starsTook me a second to get into, but god, that depression rep was in-credible.
  • Laura
    “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 all come to life through the eyes of young Darius.Darius (Darioush) Kellner, who is half Persian on his mother’s side, is visiting Iran for the first time in his life. ...
  • Eloise
    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 when some phrases were suggesting queerness but it was never stated as such. I don't want you to be disappointed. I don't want you going in to this book expecting boys falli...
  • Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
    This book is absolutely beautiful. It a fantastic look at the effects of depression not just on the person going through it but on the people around them too. "Suicide isn't the only way you can lose someone to depression."Truer words were never spoken. Dante and his father had lost each other, both suffering under the same thing in different ways. Watching the struggle of their relationship had me on the verge of tears a lot and I’m not ashame...
  • Kiera
    5 stars.Summary from GoodreadsDarius 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...
  • Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)
    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. Creepy.Thing number one: Darius is a Fractional Persian who doesn't speak Farsi and goes to Iran for the first time. I'm half Chilean, have never been to Chile, and don't ...
  • mina reads™️
    3.5 stars This was a super solid YA contemporary and I really enjoyed it. It deals with mental health, cultural identity, toxic masculinity and complex relationships between family members. If you’d be interested in seeing more of my thoughts check out my latest video where I do a full review!!https://youtu.be/twKuV5OUy4s
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4.5 starsThis 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 his writing style & what Darius' voice sounds like, and he isn't afraid to use it. Darius is such a unique protagonist and you can tell when he speaks just by his dialogue and ho...
  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    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 never met before, and is about how he navigates his unfamiliar family landscape and his friendship with a boy named Sohrab.- It explores three things that I absolutely love: ...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Actual Rating: 4.5 stars*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review*TW: Bullying, fatshaming, depression, terminal illness, death.Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders Darius the Great is Not Okay, and I don't think I am either. THIS BOOK. It took me a while to read because of a slump but I think that at the end, it cured it. And I've had this page opened for at least a two weeks trying t...
  • Meags
    4 StarsFeaturing a vivid cast of engaging characters, this contemporary coming-of-age story follows half American/half Persian teenager Darius, as he goes on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance when he travels to Iran for the time ever with his family.Born to an Iranian mother and an American father, Darius has always struggled to fit in. At school he's regularly bullied for being different and at home he experiences a bit of a discon...