Darius has depression.

As a teenager, he’s had it for as long as he can remember. When his family decides to visit Iran, he feels apprehensive about finally meeting his grandparents—whom he’s only seen on Skype calls over the years. While in Iran, Darius befriend Sohrab, a young man about his age. As the two of them bond, Darius begins to open up to Sohrab, forming the first real friendship he’s ever had.

Darius gets a first friend, and begins to form a better relationship with his grandmother, his mom’s mom. While he is openly nerdy, Darius is not yet openly gay. There’s one little section that suggests Darius’ sexuality, and that’s perfectly okay. This novel focuses on Darius’ depression—not his sexuality.

Darius loves his family. He’s very close with his younger sister, but struggles in his tenuous relationship with his father. His dad also struggles with depression, and despite taking the necessary medication, his dad has lost years to his depressive state.

While in Iran, Darius’ life changes for the better. While there are still challenges that he faces, Darius does feel better when surrounded by his new friend Sohrab and his family.

Darius the Great is Not Okay is a fantastically honest look into what it’s like to have depression. It’s an honest look into a teenage boy’s life.

If you like to read novels about teens, this book is for you. If you’ve wanted to know more about depression, look no further. If you’re here because you love nerdy references to Star Trek, this is the novel for you.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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