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Darius the Great Deserves Better

Narrated by: Michael Levi Harris
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In this companion to the award-winning Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Darius suddenly has it all: a boyfriend, an internship, a spot on the soccer team. It's everything he's ever wanted - but what if he deserves better?

Darius Kellner is having a bit of a year. Since his trip to Iran, a lot has changed. He's getting along with his dad, and his best friend Sohrab is only a Skype call away. Between his first boyfriend, Landon, his varsity soccer practices, and an internship at his favorite tea shop, things are falling into place.

Then, of course, everything changes. Darius' grandmothers are in town for a long visit, and Darius can't tell whether they even like him. The internship is not going according to plan, Sohrab isn't answering Darius' calls, and Dad is far away on business. And Darius is sure he really likes Landon...but he's also been hanging out with Chip Cusumano, former bully and current soccer teammate - and well, maybe he's not so sure about anything after all.

Darius was just starting to feel okay, like he finally knew what it meant to be Darius Kellner. But maybe okay isn't good enough. Maybe Darius deserves better. 

©2020 Adib Khorram (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"This coming-of-age masterpiece packs a multitude of truth and heart....A sequel that gets better and better the longer it steeps." (Kirkus, starred review)

"Khorram manages the impossible: A stunning follow-up to Darius the Great Is Not Okay that stands alone as a masterful exploration of love, grief, and desire. This isn't just a book I needed as a teenager; it's one I need right now." (Mark Oshiro, award-winning author of Anger Is a Gift

"Khorram explores the intersection of Iranian and queer identity with aching tenderness and realism. This book is like a cup of tea that is as comforting as it is bold. I love it." (Abdi Nazemian, Stonewall Honor-winning author of Like a Love Story

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  • Inkish Kingdoms . Wordpress. Com
  • 05-09-2020

We all know what Darius deserves!

I liked this one book better more than book one! I had my suspicions where the plot was moving into, and I was not that lost, but, in end, it was sometime completely different... Darius the Great Deserves Better is such a great title for this book, and I will dare say that I enjoyed this sequel better than Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Usually, depending on the genre, that is how the books are written. For example, fantasy usually has a lot of world building and many characters, but others are all about character building, and this duology, so far, is all about the characters. Darius in book one, at the beginning, is one way, but, at the end of book one, he is completely different, so… he is a round character. Then in book two, he is completely different from the end of book one, and he ends being so different at the end of book two. You can literally see him changing and growing! and I find this exquisitely done! There are new characters that have so much weight on the story, and the level of sexuality and diversity of this book grows exponentially compared to book one. Most of the characters are so open-minded which is something worth dreaming and aiming for, and this is the highlight of this book. What I enjoyed the most is how the author relaxed on the references of Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. I felt the author relayed more on what Star Trek and LOTR meant for Darius that trying to rub it in the readers' faces. The main character keeps his way of speaking, which I rolled my eyes a few times, but it was better by far.

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  • Mehecske
  • 28-08-2020

I loved it...

...and it made me sympathy-cry. A lovely story with good messages about a sweet boy told in the best possible way. (Not saccharin or condescending) I wish i was part of Darius’s family. And the narration was great.