Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Hello my little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing well. I am soo happy that it is pretty much the weekend because this gal is literally ready to just go and take a 4673848 nap. You know? But anyways I have school today so that is gonna be fun *note the sarcasm* I am extremely tired if I am being honest.

But I have a lot of reading I need to do for the blog and for school on top of schoolwork and cleaning and then if I can I shall get sleep at one point. I have also been looking into colleges and universities both in and out of the USA. I have specifically been looking into Canada, Scotland, and Wales but I am not sure exactly if I want to leave or not because I would miss seeing my family like I can.

Anyways, why don’t we get into the review?

Book Information:


Author: Adib Khorram

Pages: 316

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Dial Books

Publishing Date: August 28th, 2018

According to GoodReads, “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 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 mom’s family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

Sohrab makes sure people speak English so Darius can understand what’s going on. 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, best friends don’t have to talk. Darius has never had a true friend before, but now he’s spending his days with Sohrab playing soccer, eating rosewater ice cream, and sitting together for hours in their special place, a rooftop overlooking the Yazdi 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. When it’s time to go home to America, he’ll have to find a way to be Darioush on his own.”

Book Review:

This book is completely and utterly beautiful. The character development in this book was outstanding and if it something that is big on what you need to see in a than this is the book to read for you.


Darioush or also known as Darius in the book was literally amazing. He is such a sweet, lovable character that you really just can’t help not liking. Along with, there is some aspects of his personality that I can see in myself and I feel like a lot of teenagers can also agree.

This book also deals with the topic of depression. Not only in our main character but also within the main characters father. So we are able to see how it affects both age gaps and how it can also be subtle at moments and just all of a sudden become to much.

“No one had ever made me feel like it was okay to cry. Or bumped shoulders with me and made me smile.”

Also on the topic of family, we get to see how all family member act together both from immediate family (the ones living with you and you see most of the time) and the non-immediate family; his grandparents, aunts and uncles. We get to see how he is coming to touch with his Persian identity and how he is able to create an even stronger bond with his non-immediate family.


On the topic of friends, we are shown Sohrab. According to Darius his first real friend. The friendship in the beginning felt a little rocky due to certain events but as the story went on it went to show that Sohrab and Darius really were friends however Sohrab like any teenage kid has their own problems which causes him to lash out on Darius which is realistic but seemed a little harsh in terms of how Sohrab’s personality was made up to be. The friendship all in all was beautiful in the end though 🙂

The story was written perfectly in terms of literally everything. You are able to read everything smoothly and focus in on the message of the story. However, I wish the character came off more towards his age in the beginning of the story compared to seeming like he is much younger.

Trigger Warnings: depression, racist comments (challenged), fatphobic comments (challenged), comments criticizing depression (challenged), bullying

Places you can buy Darius the Great is Not Okay:


Barnes & Nobel

Book Depository 



About The Author:


According to GoodReads, “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.”

Adib Khorram blog, “I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Design & Technical Theater (Emphasis in Lighting Design) from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Following that I attended Vancouver Film School and found out I didn’t like making movies very much.

Now I live in Kansas City, where I write books. During the day I work as a graphic designer, videographer, projectionist, and more for live events in and around the Kansas City area and nationwide.”

Places you can find Adib Khorram:






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