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DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY BY ADIB KHORRAM
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.
“Heartfelt, tender, and so utterly real. I’d live in this book forever if I could.”
—Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
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.
Adib Khorram’s brilliant debut is for anyone who’s ever felt not good enough—then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.
Why I want to read it: Honestly, I want to read it because this isn’t something I would normally pick up. I tend to stick with fantasy and female leads, but I know I need to diversify my reading. I like that this seems to be about so many different things, including friendship, mental health, and identity. It sounds like the perfect combination for a young adult novel.
FROM HERE TO YOU BY JAMIE MCGUIRE
Discover a new series from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster: a “heartbreaking and hopeful, raw and sexy” tale about a woman on the run who encounters a stranger with a secret (Lauren Blakely, author of Part-Time Lover).As Darby Dixon sits in a tiny Texas church bathroom on her wedding day holding a positive pregnancy test, she realizes that marrying her fiancé would be the worst decision of her life. She’s never been very good at standing up for herself, but she’ll sure as hell stand up for her baby. With very little cash and a ton of courage, she flees town to take a new name and start a new life.As a Marine, Scott “Trex” Trexler worked in the most treacherous, corrupt, war-torn places on earth. With his new top-secret security job, he finally has a chance to return to the one place he’s felt at peace: Colorado Springs, Colorado.The moment Trex checks in at the hotel where she’s working, Darby knows he’s dangerous. He may want her to think he’s another hotshot firefighter, along with all the others battling the nearby mountain blaze, but something doesn’t add up. No way will she get involved with another man she can’t fully trust – and Trex clearly isn’t telling her everything. As Darby’s ex gets closer and closer to finding her, both she and Trex will soon find out that what you don’t know really can hurt you.
Why I want to read it: Well, I wasn’t a fan of Beautiful Disaster, but why not give another one of her books a shot? Anyway, I’m growing to like romance (shocker: I didn’t before), mostly because it’s a fun escape. And honestly, who doesn’t like a little danger?
SADIE BY COURTNEY SUMMERS
A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
Why I want to read it: The author had me at Serial. Seriously, that podcast was epic. If you (for whatever reason…but also how?) listened to Serial, it was a podcast told week by week by Sarah Koenig. It followed the story of the murder of Hae Min Lee, and the man who was accused of her murder, her boyfriend at the time, Adnan Syed. So if you haven’t listened to it, you really should. ANYWAY, back to why I want to read this…Mostly, Serial. But come on, I love a good mystery, and this format seems like it will be different from your typical murder mystery, so I’m totally down.