Why did I love this book?
I adored Adib Khorram’s Darius the Great Is Not Okay. This book follows Darius as he visits family in Iran, where he feels as out of place as he had back in America—he doesn't speak Farsi, he lacks proper social customs, and the people (family or otherwise) are resistant to understanding his mental health issues. His relief comes from Sohrab, a family friend who understands Darius in ways no one ever has.
What struck me about this book is that there’s no question about Darius’s depression—it’s always at the forefront. Likewise, Darius’s dad suffers from similar mental health issues. I was so moved by how Darius and his dad bonded over this disease they shared. What results is a beautifully told story that is both relatable and unique.