Waiting on Wednesday: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram


Release Date: August 28, 2018

Publisher: Dial Books


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.

Why I am Excited:

I am getting feels for this book by just reading the synopsis. I love stories that feature friendships especially ones where you can tell that they really do love each other. And am I the only one who feels like this is going to an Aristotle and Dante situation because I am totally here for that.  I also want to read more stories by male authors with male protagonists. I know that seems weird but the majority of the books that I do read feature female authors with female protagonists and I want to read more perspectives. Though I was originally hooked by Darius knowing more about Klingon and Hobbit culture than Farsi and Persian culture. Also, I am not sure if I am prepared for the wanderlust I am going to be having after reading a book set in Iran, especially if they are going to be eating rosewater ice cream. I love rose water so I going to have to find rosewater ice cream to have while I am reading this book this summer.

Cover Image and Synopsis from GoodReads

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


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