Read: We Live And Breathe Books has “nothing but love” for THE AUTHENTICS

You can read We Live And Breathe Book's review of THE AUTHENTICS by clicking here, or below: 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 loved all four of the Authentics immediately, and was thinking how lucky Daria was to have such an awesome group of friends. The title of this book makes you think it is their story, however, this is Daria's story, and I felt fortunate to join Daria on her journey of self-discovery. I have been lucky enough to read quite a few #OwnVoices books lately, which deal with self-discovery and self-identity. I have also

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Read: Kirkus and Huffington Post choose THE AUTHENTICS as one of the “most overlooked summer YA novels you should read”

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Read: School Library Journal thinks THE AUTHENTICS is “fresh, funny and insightful”

You can read School Library Journal / Teen Librarian Toolbox's review of THE AUTHENTICS by clicking here, or below: Daria, the main character, and her friends Caroline, Joy, and Kurt feel like they are the only ones that are being their authentic selves all the time. Daria is an agnostic Iranian-American; Caroline is a lesbian performance artist; Joy is Nigerian American and raised by strict parents; and Kurt is super into astrology. They feel like they’re real in ways their peers are not, but a whole bunch of different revelations (both big and small) force them to rethink what’s real, what their identities are, and what it even means to be seen as authentic. An assignment in English class about family trees and the journey of many students’ families to the United States propels the Authentics (which, yes, they rather insufferably refer to themselves as) to do a cheek swab

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Read: Alexa Loves Books Writes Rave Review of THE AUTHENTICS

You can read Alexa Loves Books' review of THE AUTHENTICS by clicking here, or read it below:

Funny story: I got the ARC from a friend who wasn’t too interested in reading it. Saw the extremely pink cover. Read the synopsis. Discovered that it was a coming of age story about a young American-Iranian girl living in Los Angeles. Figured to myself, sure, why not? This could be worth a read.
I didn’t feel strongly about this book then. But boy, do I feel strongly about it now.
Here’s a young girl Daria, who we first meet at the birthday party of her former best friend and now tormentor Heidi, who is having the most Iranian/Persian birthday party ever while she and her current friends (The Authentics) marvel at the tackiness of it all. In contrast to her former best friend, Daria is true to herself (unlike Heidi, who got a

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Read: Bustle includes THE AUTHENTICS on its list of the best YA novels of August 2017

To check out the whole article, click here. Here is what Bustle has to say about THE AUTHENTICS: "The Authentics" is her book's title, but it's also the concept Abdi Nazemian seeks to subvert and re-imagine in her story. Iranian-American Daria Esfandyar and her friends call themselves "the Authentics" because they're proud of their heritage — in contrast to the "Nose Job" Persian girl clique in her high school. But after researching her family history for a school project, Daria uncovers information that sends her sense of identity off-kilter. Nazemian's funny and wholly thought-provoking novel explores culture, family, and how we choose to define ourselves.

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