Teen Read Week 2018: Author Chat with Adib Khorram (Darius The Great Is Not Okay), Plus Giveaway!

Darius

Today we're excited to chat with Adib Khorram (Darius The Great Is Not Okay)

as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!

Read on for more about Adib, his novel, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

Meet Adib Khorram!

  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.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet Darius The Great Is Not Okay!

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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 Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab.
 

 
 
 
 
 

~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~

 

 YABC:  What do you love most about the YA genre? 

I love how honest it is. So much of adult fiction is couched in artifice and subterfuge, in being clever and trying to come up with the best “twist.” Young adult fiction is raw and true in a way that really speaks to me.

 

YABC:  What book from your younger years do you still recommend today?

 Norton Juster’s THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH still sticks with me today. I had a lot of ennui as a young person. I was easily bored, and I felt like no one really got me. From the moment I picked up THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH I was transported to a world that turned the ordinary into the extraordinary and made me appreciate life in a new way.

 


YABC:  What 3 YA books would you love to recommend to our readers?

 Narrowing it down to three seems cruel and unusual, but I’ll do my best. One of the ones I come back to most frequently is ARISTOTLE & DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. Another is I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. And a recent read that really broke the mold and showed me something I hadn’t seen before is BLACK WINGS BEATING.

 

 



 
 Darius the Great Is Not Okay
 

Darius The Great Is Not Okay 

By: Adib Khorram

Publisher: Dial Books

Release Date: August 28th, 2018

 

 

 

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Debra Branigan on Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:05

I can't wait to meet Darius and hear his story. I love the allusion to his roots in the title.

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I can't wait to meet Darius and hear his story. I love the allusion to his roots in the title.
Kara S on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 17:58

The cover is unique, and the synopsis commands my attention because of my great interest in fiction that references Middle Eastern cultural themes, history and/or contemporary experiences. Thanks!--Kara S

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The cover is unique, and the synopsis commands my attention because of my great interest in fiction that references Middle Eastern cultural themes, history and/or contemporary experiences. Thanks!--Kara S
Marisa Fort on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 16:23

The cover is awesome and the synopsis sounds amazing!

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The cover is awesome and the synopsis sounds amazing!
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 11 November 2018 10:44

The cover is eye-catching. The synopsis sounds emotional and exciting based on the setting alone.

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The cover is eye-catching. The synopsis sounds emotional and exciting based on the setting alone.
Hannah on Monday, 12 November 2018 00:35

Synopsis sounds great

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Synopsis sounds great
Penny Olson on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 22:36

I liked the cover with the cityscape. The story sounds interesting.

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I liked the cover with the cityscape. The story sounds interesting.

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