I love Darius and his family and Adib Khorram SO MUCH! This book and the first one do such good jobs of representing depression and Darius is a completely 3 dimensional character who I’m really glad is being read by lots of people. Also, I’m sure other queer authors are doing this, but I really appreciated that the narrator/Darius didn’t assume the gender of strangers that he sees and meets. He uses they/them for every person he sees and doesn’t know. In the tea shop, in the library, everywhere. It shouldn’t be that exciting or novel, but it feels incredible. I really hope there are plans for another one eventually because I don’t yet want to say goodbye to Darius, Sohrab, Laleh, Mamou, and Chip.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published Aug. 25, 2020 by Dial Books.