Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Adib Khorram
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.


Reviewed: 2021-10-21

Darius calls himself a Fractional Persian.  His mom is Iranian, and his dad is not.  Darius has not learned Farsi like his little sister, but he does look Persian and he has inherited the Persian love for tea.  Darius suffers from depression, like his dad, but that seems to be the only thing he has in common with his dad.  They do share a love for Star Trek, but that is really the only time he feels a real connection with his dad.  

Darius has never met his grandparents who live in Iran other than to talk to them on the computer.  But when his grandfather gets sick, Darius’s parents make the decision to take the family to Iran to spend time with his grandparents.  Darius is at first nervous about being in Iran but as he gets to know Sohrab, a boy his age, he starts to feel like he fits in for the first time.  Sohrab is a good listener and he really tries to understand Darius, his relationship with his dad, and his depression.  As the two boys become close friends, Darius begins to find himself.

This is a good story for anyone who is trying to find themselves and where they belong.  


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