Teen Read Week 2018: Author Chat with Adib Khorram (Darius The Great Is Not Okay), Plus Giveaway!
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!
Meet Darius The Great Is Not Okay!
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
By: Adib Khorram
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
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