Synopses & Reviews
In this companion to the award-winning Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Darius suddenly has it all: a boyfriend, an internship, a spot on the soccer team. It's everything he's ever wanted — but what if he deserves better?
Darius Kellner is having a bit of a year. Since his trip to Iran this past spring, a lot has changed. He's getting along with his dad, and his best friend Sohrab is only a Skype call away. Between his first boyfriend, Landon, his varsity soccer practices, and his internship at his favorite tea shop, Darius is feeling pretty okay. Like he finally knows what it means to be Darius Kellner.
Then, of course, everything changes. Darius's grandmothers are in town for a long visit while his dad is gone on business, and Darius isn't sure whether they even like him. The internship isn't what Darius thought it would be, and now he doesn't know about turning tea into his career. He was sure he liked Landon, but when he starts hanging out with Chip — soccer teammate and best friend of Trent Bolger, epic bully — well, he's just not so sure about Landon anymore, either.
Darius thought he knew exactly who he was and what he wanted, but maybe he was wrong. Maybe he deserves better.
"Khorram again presents an
artful tapestry of sci-fi fandom, Persian culture, soccer, racism,
sexuality, depression, family crises, a love triangle, and endless
amounts of global teas in Darius's compelling story." School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Delightful." Booklist (Starred Review)
conversational narration, Khorram provides moments of levity...as
well as insight into insecurities....and leaves readers curious and
hopeful about where his journey will take him next." The Horn Book
About the Author
Adib Khorram lives in Kansas City, Missouri. When he isn’t writing, you can probably find him trying to get his hundred-yard freestyle under a minute, learning to do a Lutz jump, or steeping a cup of oolong. His debut novel, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, earned several awards, including the William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor.