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Darius the Great is Not Okay
Darius the Great is Not Okay | Adib Khorram
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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 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 in Portland, and he just knows 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. Sohrab introduces Darius to all of his favorite things--mint syrup and the soccer field and a secret rooftop overlooking the city's skyline. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understands that sometimes, friends don't have to talk. 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. 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.
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Rambo_Reads
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Settled in to finish off "Darius the Great is Not Okay" in a cafe earlier today ?
I loved the vivid descriptions and reading from Darius' perspective - I didn't always agree with how he saw things but I could understand why he felt the way he was feeling.

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Rambo_Reads
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Time to crack on with this one! (Due back at the library in 3 days 😦)

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Had to stop reading for a sec because I got a little something in my eye 😢

WanderingBookaneer This was my favorite YA of 2018. 2w
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teaa41
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1) Brave, Vengeful, tagged book on audio

2) Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 2

3) Fruits Basket and Game of Thrones since I did watch 2 episodes this season just for the relationship between Jaime and Brienne.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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irasobrietate
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Lord I love these sweet boys.

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irasobrietate
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Well ain't he a real peach of a parent? Newsflash: you don't blame the person being bullied for the fact that he's bullied, you blame the person doing the bullying.

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mandi1082
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Mehso-so

I liked how this story dealt with real issues such as depression and racism. I loved the family dynamic and the culture. I liked hearing about Iran and learning somewhat how it is there. This book was a little slow go but overall the story will stick with me for a long time.
4⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Owlizabeth
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Yesterday was both my birthday and the kickoff of the library book sale! Two favorites in one! #bookhaul

LauraBrook Happy belated birthday!!! Looks like it was a happy one, with an excellent haul like that! 💐💐💐 2mo
quirkyreader Lucky you finding that du Maurier. That is from the editions I have been collecting. 2mo
readordierachel Happy belated birthday! And great haul! 🎊🎉 2mo
daena Happy belated birthday 🎂. Books are the best gifts 🎁 2mo
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hermyknee
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Guess where I am?! 💜💜💜 #NTTBF19

That-Bookish-Hiker Yay!!! Have fun! 3mo
JoScho Have an amazing time! 💗💗💗 3mo
Stephaniereads1 So jealous. I planned to go but it didn‘t work out. 3mo
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Stephaniereads1 Enjoy! 3mo
staci.reads Oh wow! Sounds amazing! 3mo
hermyknee @Stephaniereads1 are you going today? 3mo
Stephaniereads1 No I‘m so upset. 3mo
hermyknee @Stephaniereads1 there is always next year!!! I‘m not going today either 😔 3mo
Stephaniereads1 I sure hope to go next year! 3mo
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ErikaReadsEverything
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Just finished this beautiful novel by Adib Khorram. And oh my goodness did I love it. Lord of the Rings and Star Trek references aren‘t the only thing that make this book worth reading. Family relationships, loveable characters, and a very real portrayal of depression. Just trust me, read this book.

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BeckyMerilatt
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Just finished this for the teen book club I run at work and it‘s wonderful. It‘s just the sweetest friendship story. Also a story about a boy who is learning to stop apologizing for who he is.

GondorGirl I loved this book so much! And the author is such a sweetheart too! ❤ 3mo
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I could not love this book more. Or have cried more. (My son said at one point that I looked like I was getting a cold. It was because my face was so swollen from crying.) Darius is a brilliant protagonist who is funny and sad and realistic. (continued in comments)

Unabridged Diagnosed with depression, he struggles with his father‘s high expectations (who also suffers from depression); bullying at school; feeling like an outcast; jealousy of his sister, who he loves but who he feels was meant to be his replacement. When he and his family travel to his mother's home in Iran to meet his grandfather, Darius begins to understand where he may belong, where he fits in his family, and what a true friend really means. 3mo
TrishB Lovely review 💕 3mo
Unabridged @TrishB Thanks! It was such an easy book to review (though of course I wanted to go on and on). 3mo
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Here's my February wrap-up:⠀

27 books (2 nonfiction, 4 audiobooks, 1 graphic novel, 1 novel in verse, 1 graphic novel, 1 short story collection, 10 YA, 2 middle grade)⠀

Here are my ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ reads for the month: Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Winter of the Witch, Parkland, Dumplin', Speak: The Graphic Novel, Blood Water Paint, The War That Saved My Life, Circe⠀

I had a ton of four-star reads, too--I read some amazing books this month!!!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Holy! Excellent job!! 📚💖 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
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zest_thereader I read 1/27 of the books that you read that month. *Goes and cries in the corner* 1mo
Unabridged @zest_thereader No shame and no comparisons!! I‘d love to know: What did you read? Did you enjoy it? 1mo
zest_thereader @Unabridged The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. Yeah, it was a good read, many of the twists were unpredictable but I found half of the book kinda slow. 1mo
Unabridged @zest_thereader Oh, I like that one—my husband agrees with your review! Will you read the rest of the trilogy? 1mo
zest_thereader @Unabridged Yup, I have already half of the second book, I have kept it on hold for sometime though 1mo
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rwmg
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Trying genmachai, Darius's favourite

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rjsthumbelina
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This book was an interesting look at diversity (the majority of it takes place in Iran, where Darius goes for the first time bc his grandfather is dying.)I loved it's portrayal of depression and how it affects both individuals and families.I also really liked it's portrayal of a friendship, and the way a friend can change the way you feel about yourself.It's likely the only book I will finish during #contemporaryathon - v sick husband & depression

rjsthumbelina Also, am I the only one who sometimes feels like I need a rating between "pick" and "so-so"? This wasn't a favorite, but enough redeeming qualities that it wasn't a so-so read, either ? 4mo
JaclynW @rjsthumbelina I wish there was an in between pick too!! I'm often in this boat. 4mo
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DebbieGrillo
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1. Historical fiction.
2. Lots of sleep and reading and a wslk outside tomorrow. y
3. Tagged
4. Nope
5. 🖐

@howjessreads #friYAYintro

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rwmg
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Teenage boy who doesn't fit in at hime goes on a family visit to his mother's family in Iran and has to navigate a foreign culture. Enjoyable but doesn't really fulfil the author's objective stated in the afterword.

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rwmg
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#teaandabook

I'm sure Darius would want to know it's Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong black tea

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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I can now announce that our committee chose Darius The Great is Not Okay as our 2019 Morris Debut Award Winner! Here I am with a couple of our committee members congratulating him in person after the award ceremony.

WanderingBookaneer My favorite YA of 2018! 5mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Yay! I‘ve read this a few times now (obviously) and I find something new that grabs me each time. 5mo
quietjenn Ah, I didn't realize you were on Morris! It's one of my favorite awards. Thanks for all your work! 5mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @quietjenn thank you! it‘s why I was nearly social media silent this past year. Couldn‘t risk saying too much! I love this award too ❤️ and would totally do it again if given the chance. 5mo
BucklingBookshelves So cool! What an experience that much have been! 📚❤️📚 5mo
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MrsGreen
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Thanks to @penguinteen for the free arc of this way back at #nerdcampmi!
This #ownvoices book will be great for middle and high school students searching for a story about Persian boys or Iran. Lots of excellent descriptions of the beauty of Iran, family dynamics, and how to get along in a world where you feel like you don‘t belong. Love that the main character has depression too!

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Karisa
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1.) 🇺🇸

2.) 🇮🇷

3.) 🇺🇸

4.) 🇫🇷 and 🇬🇧 and 🇮🇳 and 🇮🇹 and 🇨🇦 and 🇦🇺 and 🇯🇵 and 🇳🇿 and 🇲🇦 and 🇨🇷 and 🇮🇪 (I want to see so many places)!

#HelloThursday (aka #FridayEve) @WanderingLynn

Slym You‘re welcome to 🇲🇦! We have a beautiful country ! 5mo
Karisa @Slym Morocco looks like such an amazing place! Thank you! 5mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🌎 5mo
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Karisa
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Friendship, family, identity, Star Trek, and really good tea... This YA is not what I expected. For one, romance does not play a role (which is surprisingly refreshing). Main character, Darius is figuring out where he fits, and he struggles with depression. However, the book manages to uplift and makes you want to hug a teenager (or your teenage self).

#Booked2019 (Happy Place) @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage #recomendsday

Cinfhen Wow!!! This actually sounds really good!!! Love your review 💚 5mo
Karisa @Cinfhen 💗 5mo
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Really enjoyed this book. I think this is the most understated truth about depression ever.

Eggs 💙 Darius 5mo
MallenNC I'm glad you liked it! I hope more people read it. 5mo
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LazyLimaLife
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I‘m enjoying this book about 2 boys who become friends. Darius‘ inner dialogue is sometimes overwrought you just want to step in and protect him. It‘s such a relief when he finds a friend. Also the audiobook is great because there‘s quite a bit of Farsi. Be prepared to be starving by the end of each chapter! This is from @MallenNC ‘s #NewYearWhoDis list. Very enjoyable.

MallenNC Oh I wish I'd listened to the audio of this one! I'm glad you are liking it. (edited) 5mo
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Eggs
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Darius and family are going to Iran to visit his Mamou and Babou (grandparents). Babou is ill and Darius feels unloveable and on the outside of the group. A new friendship with a young man his age, Sohrab, develops and changes everything. The MC's references to Star Trek TNG and LOTR are great.

EmilyM I LOVED this book! 6mo
MallenNC I loved this one too 6mo
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Lindy
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Why are you depressed? Darius gets that a lot, but clinical depression cannot easily be explained. He‘s an overweight American teen with a Persian mother & a white father. Mostly set in Iran, where Darius makes his first real friend & learns that it‘s okay to be a boy who cries. Lots of Star Trek & Tolkien references, like calling jerks “soulless minions of orthodoxy.” A sweet #audiobook performed by Michael Levi Harris.

Lindy Another Star Trek reference: Darius‘ doctor has told him that depression is anger turned inward. “I had so much anger turned inward, I could have powered a warp core.” 6mo
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EmilyM
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I listened to this on Audible and it was fantastic! I first saw this book mentioned here on Litsy, so thank you to whoever recommended it. I loved the character development of the protagonist who struggles with depression, his relationship with his father and his place as a "fractional Persian." So many issues were dealt with in this YA novel in a humorous and poignant manner. Highly recommend! #blameitonlitsy ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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I was one tiny pulsar in a swirling, luminous galaxy of Iranians, held together by the gravity of thousands of years of culture and heritage.

WanderingBookaneer I loved that book. 6mo
Lindy @WanderingBookaneer I cried near the end. One of the scenes with his dad. 6mo
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DyAnne
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ (I love a book that makes me cry.)

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Erinreadsthebooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An interesting look at a father/son relationship, an unfamiliar culture, the idea of finding your place and still not fitting in, the workings of a true friendship that may be something more, and the effects of depression. Food plays a large part in the novel, and some of the focus on dishes I'd never heard of lost me a little, but overall, a really good read.

EmilyM I'm currently listening to this and enjoying it! 6mo
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mdemanatee
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This book is so good I wasn‘t even shipping things like I should be but was completely engrossed in a father/son relationship.

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DyAnne
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Started this. So far, I‘m loving it. I can‘t help myself when it comes to sweet teenaged boys in books. 💗

EmilyM I'm listening to it after I saw it recommended here....loving it! #blameitonlitsy 6mo
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mdemanatee
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I may have only asked for one physical book (mostly cause my TBR has so much and I know there are a lot of new year releases I‘m going to buy) but I did get a speaker so I can more easily listen to my audiobooks while doing things like cooking and washing dishes.

Tamra Yay for multitasking! 6mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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I want to go out and buy a dozen copies of this book to give to people I know. It was soooooooo good. A nuanced portrayal of a teenage boy navigating his identity as a Persian American, a son, a big brother, and a person with depression. I respect that Darius was a regular kid working through who he was and who others wanted him to be. Suitable for the YA crowd but by no means just for teens.... this review isn‘t doing it justice. It‘s just great.

LiteraryinLititz @LauraBeth @minkyb I think I added the book to my TBR based on your recommendations. THANK YOU! 6mo
LauraBeth 🙌glad you loved it! 6mo
britt_brooke Pretty photo! 6mo
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BennettBookworm Such a rave review! Hoorah! 6mo
kspenmoll Just saw this book today! 6mo
minkyb It really is a special book! I love recommending it. 6mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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I've heard great things about Darius the Great 😍

rachelsbrittain I loved this one so much!! 6mo
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GondorGirl
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Oh my god, you guys!
This book is SO SO SO good!

PacingTheCage One of my book club peeps mentioned this. I will have to check it out 😊 7mo
GondorGirl @dltpacngthecage I'll post a better review once I'm done, but so far it's about a bullied, nerdy teenage boy with depression, who has a foot in two different cultures and doesn't know where he fits in. 7mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 7mo
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LA_Mead I need to read this!!! 7mo
BookFreakOut YES IT IS!!!!!!! 7mo
Heideschrampf I like the cover a lot 7mo
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Jenken1998
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Excellent YA Fiction look at a teen living with depression, dealing with teenage drama, and living with a foot in two cultures. I loved that he used the line.."Its ok to not be ok".. a line I use often working in mental health. ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️

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MallenNC
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My October reads. I never got around to reading anything scary, but I did read several mysteries. The best was the tagged YA novel.

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tholmz
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I absolutely loved this book. The story was great and I really grew to love this family. And it made me want tea!

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MallenNC
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The author says in the afterward that he wanted to write about "how depression can affect a life without ruling it". I really felt for Darius as his family visits Iran to see his grandparents. Darius has only seen them via Skype, and now his grandfather is very ill. I enjoyed how the author handled Darius' changing relationships with his family and his new one with a boy he meets while in Iran.

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MallenNC
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Just started this one during my lunch break. I'm still having trouble focusing on one book. Not helped by having a half dozen library holds out at once.

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TracyReadsBooks
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There‘s nothing easy about being a teenager & things are hard for Darius—there‘s the bullies at school who won‘t leave him alone, his frayed relationship with his dad & the fact he‘s clinically depressed. When they receive word his grandfather doesn‘t have long to live, the family travels to Iran. It is there, Darius meets Sohrab & learns about true friendship. A powerful YA story about being comfortable in your own skin. Recommended.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Lunch break!!! That means I have a few minutes for reading. This just came in and is blurbed by Becky Albertalli, Laurie Halse Anderson, Nic Stone and John Corey Whaley. Recommendation enough except the premise, a Persian American teen travels to Iran for the first time, sounds equally promising.

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Evening reading.

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LauraBeth
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If you liked Aristotle and Dante, you‘ll enjoy this. I like that in some recent YA (this one and Nice Try, Jane Sinner), they‘re depicting teens who are struggling with the kind of depression that isn‘t manic with episodes of suicidal ideation (although yes - I know this exists) - but the kind that is the persistent low hum in the background. And I also like that characters like Jane Sinner and Darius aren‘t defined by their depression.

WhatDeeReads Just picked this up from the library yesterday. Very excited to read it. 9mo
LauraBeth Hope that you enjoy it! @WhatDeeReads 9mo
CSeydel Wait, you mean everyone else doesn‘t have that persistent low hum of depression in the background? I thought it was just normal. 9mo
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tjwill I am looking forward to this one! 9mo
rachelsbrittain I loved this one so so much! 9mo
minkyb Oh I did not know this title. Now I do! thanks. 🤗 9mo
Suet624 Oh boy, that low hum. Great phrase and so true. It haunts me. 9mo
LauraBeth I think you‘ll enjoy it @tjwill! 9mo
LauraBeth @rachelsbrittain it was much better than I thought it was going to be! 9mo
LauraBeth @minkyb hope you enjoy it! 9mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
LauraBeth @CSeydel that‘s a truthful statement - we may ALL have that! 😀 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Just borrowed this from the library today and eager to get started! 7mo
LauraBeth @LiteraryinLititz 🙌 Hope you enjoy it! 7mo
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bookishkris
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I loved this book! Everything from Darius‘ struggle with depression, to his relationship with his father, to Iran and Sahroub was dealt with in such a quiet way. I felt like I was inside Darius‘ head, which is great character development. Highly recommended for everyone! Seriously, run don‘t walk to get your hands on this extraordinary book.

WhatDeeReads My hold just came in today! Can‘t wait to read it. 9mo
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