Read: Take Me Away thinks THE AUTHENTICS was “definitely worth my entire day on the couch glued to its pages”

Take Me Away has written a rave review of THE AUTHENTICS, which you can read by clicking here. Here is an excerpt:

What I loved most about this was the way it reminded me of my own family. My family is all different shapes and shades just like Daria's. Really the only difference is Daria's family hid her family from her. That truly made me feel sorry for her. She never would have gotten that part of her culture had they continued to keep that from her. It's sad to think she could have missed out on some really important things.
Another thing I liked about this was the way this book took me through a complete emotional cycle. There were times I was laughing, and there was even a time when I teared up. When I get that emotional over a book, it shows how into I

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Watch: Epic Reads Asks Abdi Nazemian to share some fun facts

Epic Reads asked Abdi to share some fun facts about himself. Click here to watch the video on YouTube, or watch below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZShiZEdTh4o

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Read: Austin American-Statesman thinks THE AUTHENTICS will “expand the mind”

Austin American-Statesman chose THE AUTHENTICS as one of the books that will expand the mind this school year. Read the piece by clicking here. Here's what they had to say: Daria knows she’s not like the stuck-up Persian princesses who populate her L.A. high school. She may be forced to celebrate their sweet 16s at Insta-worthy bashes, but she and her real friends — self-dubbed “The Authentics” (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99) are secure in the knowledge that they focus on what really matters about their differing backgrounds and their place in the world. But when Daria researches her family history for a school project, she discovers that her heritage is much more complex than she thought. Abdi Nazemian’s debut novel for young adults is full of humor as he plumbs the multiple layers that fuse into identity.

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Read: Teen Reads thinks THE AUTHENTICS is “so wonderful, so poignant”

Teen Reads has written a rave review of THE AUTHENTICS. You can read it by clicking here, or below: Daria and her friend group, the Authentics, pride themselves on authenticity; maybe it’s because they all have a distinct style, and a seemingly have a close bond with each other, or perhaps it’s simply because they like to keep it real. When Daria finds out that her family has been hiding her adoption from her, she goes ballistic: why would her parents hide such a secret? Who were her real parents? Why is she so determined to find out? When I first read the synopsis for Nazemian’s THE AUTHENTICS, I was drawn to the "Nose Jobs," a group of Persian girls who essentially succumbed to popular culture in making the decision to alter their faces. Their ringleader, Heidi, just so happens to also be Daria’s not-so-nice ex-BFF. My family is North

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Read: Publisher’s Weekly covers the Los Angeles launch of THE AUTHENTICS

Publisher's Weekly covered the Los Angeles launch of THE AUTHENTICS at Skylight Books, where Abdi Nazemian was joined in conversation with Omar Sharif Jr. Check the piece out by clicking here.

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