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The Authentics The Authentics is a fresh funny and insightful novel about culture love and family the kind we are born into and the ones we create Daria Esfandyar is Iranian American and proud of her heritage u

  • Title: The Authentics
  • Author: Abdi Nazemian
  • ISBN: 9780062486462
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family the kind we are born into and the ones we create.Daria Esfandyar is Iranian American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the Nose Jobs in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves onThe Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family the kind we are born into and the ones we create.Daria Esfandyar is Iranian American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the Nose Jobs in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self discovery It seems everyone is keeping secrets And it s getting harder to know who she even is any longer.With infighting among the Authentics, her mother planning an over the top sweet sixteen party, and a romance that should be totally off limits, Daria doesn t have time for this identity crisis As everything in her life is spinning out of control can she figure out how to stay true to herself

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    1. 3 1/2 stars. I don’t remember ever reading a novel about an Iranian American heroine and I’ve finished more than a thousand books. That is a problem. There should be more books like this one. And it’s not as though the author mentions this about Daria and then moves on. Not at all. He talks about Iran and how there are disparities between Iranians and Persians. He even talks about Iran’s history, although briefly. He sure could have given the reader more historical background, since cult [...]

    2. I have so much, and i mean so much!!!, to say about this book. It was thought-provoking, touching, and enlightening in so many ways. *emotionally crying*The Authentics is a story about culture, identity and self-discovery. Daria is about to turn 16 years old, and as part of her class assignment, she is required to do a little research on her ancestry. What she realizes is that everything she thought about herself as an authentic Iranian girl might not be true. This takes her onto an adventure of [...]

    3. I'm loving all the YA coming-of-age stories featuring diverse characters that I've been reading lately:Saints and Misfits,That Thing We Call a Heart and now The Authentics. All feature relatable and engaging main characters who have close relationships with their families. The Authentics is also a story that shows how multifaceted identity in modern-day America can be. Daria, who is Iranian-American, is assigned a genealogy project for school. She has a group of friends who represent many diffe [...]

    4. This was slow at first, but ended up being really funny and sweet and pulled at my heartstrings by the end.

    5. and i so wanted to read this and so was thinking it's going to be goodi think i read it all and gave it the 2 stars just for that hope that never materialized, if the mc was not iranian i wouldn't have given it even 2 stars or lasted till the end, if the mc was not this pseudo-charicature-not really-ddefinitely not authentic iranian i might have not disliked this so much or maybe that's not really true, cause i didn't like the writing, didn't like the people and didn't like the story. though to [...]

    6. Es entretenido y me copó que lo protagonizara una joven de una cultura tan rica e interesante como la persa. Peeeeeeero, la historia está bastante tirada de los pelos, algunas cosas son irritantes y, en general, es pasatista. No es un libro que genere gran impacto.

    7. I requested The Authentics from the Indigo newsletter because it sounded extremely diverse- I haven't read much about the Iranian culture and I am interested in reading about as many different ones as possible. Plus, that cover is gorgeous!I ended up really enjoying this book, as was expected, but I don't think that it would reign as a favourite of mine. It was very diverse with a good plot, but the main character was a bit dull and I don't see myself remembering her for too much longer.The Au [...]

    8. Rating: 4.5 StarsThis was such a beautiful journey of self-discovery and appreciation for those who love you and you love back. Daria and her friends always believed they were being authentic, being true to themselves. However, after experiencing an existential crisis, Daria begins to question what it means to be authentic. While trying to work through this situation, she learns a lot about herself, her friends, and her family.This story had me hook, line, and sinker from the very beginning. I l [...]

    9. I really wanted to like this book, I really did. You don't often seen Iranian MCs, especially in a book that focuses so heavily on performative identity, culture, gender, and relationships with other women. Yet, it was executed so ridiculously poorly.So much of this book thrives off of women hating each other and frankly being complete jerks to other women on the sole basis that women are bad? Frankly, the MC is a complete judgmental dick to her former best friend (and many other women in the bo [...]

    10. I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did, but it actually made me tear up a tiny bit close to the end.loved the diverse supporting cast, which includes other POC and queer ppl and QPOC(!).There were several instances of ableist language though so cw/tw for ableism toward mental illness.

    11. Not sure why this was advertised as Muslim YA considering there is not one Muslim character in the entire thing (spoiler alert: a Persian does not a Muslim make).

    12. Really enjoying the spate of culturally infused coming-of-age novels I'm reading lately, and this was no exception. Interesting to me that the title focused on her friend group when her family and culture are so beyond dominant of the plot and definitely the stars of the show, but definitely not upset about the stuff that actually took center stage, even if it wasn't necessarily my expectation going in.

    13. Incredibly fun and thought provoking read by one of the most inventive authors, a true rising star! His ability to tap into a female voice and a gen z heart while exploring complex issues of identity is masterful, I highly recommend this book!

    14. So, okay. Abdi Nazemian is my friend. Transparency. Now you know. Which has nothing to do with what I’m about to say here. I have plenty of untalented friends; Abdi is not one of them.But to begin at the beginningA few years ago he shared a secret with me: he had written a book, a novel, called THE WALK-IN-CLOSET. Great, fine, I’ll read it, sigh. What he DIDN’T say, what I had to discover for myself, was that the novel he’d written was wonderful. It was good enough to make me want to be [...]

    15. Welcome to my 2nd DNF of 2018.DNFing at 35%. Why? The voice of the MC was painfully immature and the plot of the story was not delivered correctly. I quickly discovered that I didn't care what she had going on or how she and her friends/family were more concerned about having the latest fashions or vacationing. Her approach to finding out the big news about her past was poorly handled so I'm cutting my losses now.---------Full review can be found here: agingerlyreview.wordpress**CAUTION! SPOILER [...]

    16. I wanted to love this book, and there are a lot of great things here. I love Daria's heritage and the way that she identifies herself proudly as part of that heritage. I love her relationship with her parents (she and her dad get along so well; she and her mom have a more contentious relationship) and that she has a group of friends who feel more like family. (I am less enamored of the fact that they call themselves "The Authentics," as in they actually have named their group of friends and it i [...]

    17. One chapter and 11 pages complete, and I’m already not interested. It’s not bad, but I’m getting the “holier than thou” vibes, even though they aren’t as strong as other books. But when you have lines like this:“Now [Heidi] was beautiful and popular, and I was, well, authentic.”“Maybe it’s because my mother valued being fabulous way more than being real.”I start questioning my empathy towards the protagonist. How is being popular always associated with being fake? They are [...]

    18. ***1/2It started a bit slow but picked up steam in chapter five when Daria discovers a secret that changes everything she ever believed about herself and her family. Her life becomes an emotional rollercoaster, and every nuance of that ride is on the page. I couldn't help but sympathize with her.

    19. Definitely made the right decision in stopping my other book and starting this one. Finished it in a day and I LOVED it.*Edit 08/20/2017* You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me AwayIt's very rare that I have enough time to finish a book in a day. It's also very rare that I WANT to finish a book in a day. But with The Authentics, I got lucky and had both of these things on my side. The Authentics is funny and definitely what I needed at the time.The Authentics consist of Daria a [...]

    20. This was such a cute book. It's a heartwarming YA story, which is not usually what I go looking for, but this one is much deeper. It's a unique storyline, and the characters are well-rounded. It was so refreshing to me that this was not a romance book. It's definitely part of the book, but Daria is focused on herself, her family, and her friends. I also liked that the romance was a little questionable, and it's probably not something the average YA reader is going to swoon over. The whole storyl [...]

    21. I wanted to like this book a lot but it just did not connect with me. I loved the central conflict with Daria questioning her identity and her Iranian/Persian culture and community. All of that felt strong and genuine and really interesting. But all the trappings of Daria's life fell flat: her friends "The Authentics," her intriguing love interest, her conflict with her former BFF. It was so frustrating because I wanted to sustain what I loved but then I just kept getting bogged down in sections [...]

    22. The Authentics was a short but fast-paced contemporary novel about Daria, a teen trying to figure out what it means to be real in a world where it looks like everyone is fake. When she starts working on an English assignment about her family, she learns something that makes her question her identity and whether she's as authentic as she claims to be. What follows is a unique coming-of-age story in which Daria confronts her past to learn more about her present.

    23. Rating: 3.5 StarsCaution: there is some discussion near the end of the book about difficulties during pregnancy, miscarriages, and a stillbirth.Adoption is a story I'm interested in because my own family has experience with it and I'm curious in how it's portrayed in fiction. Add to that that I cannot recall many books with Iranian-American main characters and I was curious to see what The Authentics held in terms of storytelling and character building.Daria's confusion and hurt at finding ou [...]

    24. The Authentics is definitely a book worth reading! It tells the story of Daria, a teenage girl who thinks she knows everything about her heritage until she takes a DNA test and everything changes. This book has so many important messages, it tackles adoption, identity, racism, family issues, diversity and more. Although I have never been in Daria's situation, I really connected with her. Also, even if this is a short novel, the author did a great job with character and plot development. Plus, th [...]

    25. I thought it was a super inspiring book. It shows us just how important it is to know where you come from. Culture and tradition makes us who we are, as do family and friends. The author doesn't just mention that Daria is Iranian, he even speaks partially of Iran's history and I think that's important in a book. The author also speaks of her actual background, and inserts certain parts of her culture and traditions into the book. It's a wonderful book about love, friendship, and family. I absolu [...]

    26. Abdi Nazemian has crafted a sumptuous coming-of-age novel that's witty, page-turning, and moving. As a young woman, Daria, struggles to define herself against the grain of her family, she stumbles upon the complexities of her own identity. Nazemian's writing is funny and engaging, and I found myself racing through the book, thoroughly immersed in Daria's journey. And being of Middle Eastern heritage myself, I loved how Nazemian expertly pulled back the curtain to share a specific yet relatable c [...]

    27. This is a big hearted inclusive young adult novel about an Iranian-American teenager who finds out that she is adopted. With gentle humor, Nazemian tells a loving family story about secrets, identity, and culture.

    28. This book has made me so emotional.Having an Iranian fiance, there was a huge culture shock for me. But reading this book made me smile, laugh and cry.

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