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Publisher's Summary

Fourteen-year-old Iranian-American Parvin Mohammadi sets out to win the ultimate date to homecoming in this heartfelt and outright hilarious debut.

Parvin Mohammadi has just been dumped - only days after receiving official girlfriend status. Not only is she heartbroken, she's humiliated. Enter high school heartthrob Matty Fumero, who just might be the smoking-hot cure to all her boy problems. If Parvin can get Matty to ask her to homecoming, she's positive it will prove to herself and her ex that she's girlfriend material after all. There's just one problem: Matty is definitely too cool for bassoon-playing, frizzy-haired, Cheeto-eating Parvin. Since being herself hasn't worked for her in the past (see aforementioned dumping), she decides to start acting like the women in her favorite rom-coms. Those women aren't loud; they certainly don't cackle when they laugh; and they smile much more than they talk.

But Parvin discovers that being a rom-com dream girl is much harder than it looks. Also hard? The parent-mandated Farsi lessons. A confusing friendship with a boy who's definitely not supposed to like her. And hardest of all, the ramifications of the Muslim ban on her family in Iran. Suddenly, being herself has never been more important.

Olivia Abtahi's debut is as hilarious as it is heartfelt - a delightful tale where, amid the turmoil of high school friendships and crushes, being yourself is always the perfect way to be.

©2021 Olivia Abtahi (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A Book Riot Must Read YA Romance 

“Abtahi writes a touching contemporary that's hilariously heartfelt about one girl's journey to self-discovery.” (Buzzfeed

“Abtahi deftly navigates Parvin's transitional life phase, equipping her with enough humor and moxie to see her through even the toughest challenges.... A joyful celebration of the right to take up space in the world.” (Booklist, starred review) 

“Abtahi’s charming debut will have readers cheering for Parvin...an incredibly charming, funny, and lovable protagonist who greets life with unbridled enthusiasm...as she navigates her two cultures with vim.... A truly delightful story about a charming and engaging teen navigating freshman year.” (School Library Journal, starred review)

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Charming and Witty Diary of Teen Angst

Perfectly Parvin (hard a like patio and i pronounced ee) takes me back to my first delicate years of high school. Parvin’s true self-assurance is refreshing and I found myself rooting for her even during those quintessential awkward cringe-worthy high school moments.

A gem of an audiobook - takes the guesswork out of some of the pronunciations of none-English words and names.

I'm not a traditional fan of YA - I have read very few in my adulthood. And I thoroughly enjoyed Perfectly Parvin and her loyal and adventurous band of pals. #hotcheetoes

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